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TICKING TIMEBOMB – Are Vancouver Micro Laneway Houses the Answer?

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Affordable Housing is Metro Vancouver’s
TICKING TIMEBOMB and the Govt’s not listening!

Are Vancouver Micro Laneway Houses the Answer?

Vancouver Micro Laneway Houses

Affordable Housings – Vancouver’s Ticking Timebomb

FACT: Without affordable housing Vancouver will see a MASS EXODUS of entire generations of Vancouverites. We are on the verge of a Breaking Point… A point of no return?

Although there are many ways the government can help make housing more affordable but let’s not hold our breath for that one.

So what can we do to help?

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“You want to live in a tiny house it’s cause you gave up . . .you’re stupid”

An Open Letter to Steve Harvey, from a “Stupid” Tiny House Owner

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Dear Mr. Steve Harvey,

I hope this letter finds its way to you through the sharing efforts of our “stupid” tiny house community on Facebook and other.

The text below was taken verbatim from your recent tiny house rant.

“This is for people who have given up. This is for people who ain’t got no faith. Who ain’t got no dream. I still believe if you write the vision and make it plain, he who reads it will run to it.”

“You want to live in a tiny house it’s cause you gave up . . .you’re stupid.”


I live in a tiny house and pride myself on my faith, ambition, and the responsible lifestyle decisions I’ve made. Read more ›




Global News Features our Micro Laneway House

Vancouver Micro Laneway House:

Over the last 5 years Westcoast Outbuildings has become the leading producer of Tiny Structures in BC.

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12′ x 24′ Micro Laneway House Concept by Westcoast Outbuildings

You may have recently seen or read articles on us in the Vancouver Sun and on Global News discussing our soon to be released Micro Laneway House for the Metro Vancouver housing Market.

 

These affordable models will range from 200 – 500 sq/ft. with many being under $100K COMPLETELY installed and ready for occupancy.

Our cutting edge modular design means we will build your Micro Laneway House in our factory, deliver it fully built to rigorous CSA Certification standards which ensure top quality production.
Our goal is to have a micro laneway house in your backyard complete and ready for occupancy in as little as 60 days from building permit issuance.

visit www.microlaneway.com for more details.




Shipping Container House in Amsterdam

Shipping Container Housing: Tiny House Living

Shipping Container Housing is a phrase you may be hearing a lot about these days. From obscurity to mainstream press in just a matter of years. This costs effective, readily available building medium may just be the  major step forward we’ve needed to solving urban housing issues.

Amsterdam Shipping Container House

Amsterdam Shipping Container House

Here is a perfect example of Shipping Container Housing.

A shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam lead to shipping containers being used as student apartments. At only 20m2 these spaces are quite small, but these colourful places still provide a great living environment.

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B.C. woman fined for renting garden shed to homeless couple

Man, woman and pets living in tool shed in Kelowna, B.C. paid $200 a month

CBC News Posted: Dec 7, 2012 7:23 PM PT

A power cord that ran from the woman’s house in Kelowna, B.C., supplied electricity to the small metal building, for which she was charging rent of $200 per month.

It’s not clear how long the people and pets had been living in the shed. Bylaw officers warned the owner two weeks ago it was not suitable accommodation, but the advice was ignored, said city spokesman Stephen Fleming.

Fleming described the small building as “a standard type of metal garden shed that you’d get at your local hardware store. It certainly doesn’t look like a place for people to be living in.”

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Prefab Laneway House: 12′ x 20′

Prefab Laneway House:

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Prefab Vancouver Laneway House

Designed as a place for visitors to rest their travel-weary bones this Guesthouse concept could easily be adapted as a Laneway House for the Vancouver marketplace.

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Prefab Houses & Construction: Everything you wanted to know!

 The Versatile Prefab House

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Click to view this info packed FREE Special Edition

Ever thought about owning a Prefab House? If you are as passionate about prefab houses and construction as we are they you’ve gotta check out this FREE Digital Issue of Dwell Magazine.

Page 4: Prefab 101

Everything you wanted to know about prefab houses but were afraid to ask! We’ve tapped the brain behind popular Web resource FabPreFab to explain the birds and the bees of manufactured housing.

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A History of Modern Prefab Houses

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Modern-Shed Prefab House – Under $150 a Sq/Ft

Modern Prefab Houses

Although the concept of modern prefab houses and design has been around since the ’60s, the architectural movement didn’t take off until early 2000. As technological advances like SIP panels (structural insulating that is precut and can be locked together) were made and interest in residential architectural design blossomed, architects turned their attention to prefab houses. The goal was to create a home that could be transported to a building site, be easily erected and look like modern architecture — all within a reasonable budget.

… and modern prefab houses were born.

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