In 2005, Stephen Shoup, founder of design-build firm building LAB inc., bought a furniture and woodcarving building to convert it into a live-work space. But Shoup’s firm outgrew the space — and Shoup went from singlehood to fatherhood — so he concocted a plan to create more room in the backyard. He fashioned a modern, green office space from a retired freezer and a corrugated shipping container unit set in an L-shape.
Form & Forest recently announced the completion of their beautiful, proof-of-concept, flat-pack cabin on the banks of the Blaeberry River in Golden, British Columbia. The Pioneer model prefab has 1,740 square feet, a mono pitch roof, 180 degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass, and a smart design with large overhangs and cross ventilation.
When you build one of the first laneway houses in Vancouver – and a modern, green one at that – you tend to attract a crowd. The open house of this home gathered more than a 1,000 visitors with a one-hour backlog at times. It’s the first in Vancouver’s EcoDensity program, which allows for a small, alley-access structure on existing single-family property.