A Small Sanctuary in Point Grey – Our Latest Modern Home

Our latest project is a modern build, perched amid the expansive hills of Point Grey. Sleek, elegant and crowning what is usually one of Vancouver’s more exclusive neighbourhoods, this 750 square foot laneway house is a more affordable way to hang your hat in this premiere community.

As for the specs: This home has a reverse floor plan – that is, living and dining upstairs and master bathroom and bedroom downstairs. Focus details are the privacy frosted glass for all windows pointed towards the main dwelling, and the small but powerful

fireplace. Having a hard time spotting the fridge? We’ve covered all the appliances in matching cabinetry to give the kitchen that minimalist flair. Our signature heated concrete and hickory floors are present throughout the home. Let us know what you think about this project in the comments!

By |January 5th, 2015|News & Trends in Small House Living|

Elegant, Understated, Classically Finished: Pitch Perfect

This is a very special home. Built on a corner lot, with adjacent access to the sidewalk, this home occupies its own environment. Its a great example of how independent a laneway house can feel from the existing residence. The understated colour scheme has a classic vibe that will keep the house looking fresh for a long time to come. At Smallworks, we’re all a little crazy for paperstone countertops, seen in both the kitchen and bathroom in this home. As this material ages it will gain a beautiful patina that perfectly illustrates our favourite rule of thumb: cheap things break, quality goods last long enough to tell a story.

Another feature we love about this home is the farmhouse sink. It adds so much charm and comfort to the room. If the kitchen is the heart of your home, then the kitchen sink must be the soul! Next up is The Juliet Balcony — a calming place to take in the evening view or a morning coffee, and it adds ambiance to the lane as well – making it feel more like a neighbourhood than an alley.

These features and more make this charming house a welcome addition to not only the property – but to the community as a whole.

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By |December 18th, 2014|News & Trends in Small House Living|

Sneaky Storage: Maximize the Fun in Small Spaces

This is a #tbt to one of our favourite projects from 2013. For this project, we lovingly crafted a layout that minimized the kitchen footprint by utilizing clever, custom mill work storage units– giving the owners room to entertain. The idea was to take full advantage of the double french doors leading to the rear patio, with the emphasis on living and lounging. The master bedroom has an east facing balcony to take in all that Vancouver has to offer in terms of

a view. Breathtaking views of the Lions has this 2 bedroom, 2 bath, bamboo finished laneway house poised to be one that we remember for a long time.

By |October 9th, 2014|News & Trends in Small House Living|

Jake Fry Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Jake Fry, the founder and President of Smallworks, Vancouver's premier laneway house builder, was selected recently as Ernst & Young's (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year in the "manufacturing" category. The judges recognized Fry's business acumen in building his thriving laneway and small housing construction business, which has now completed close to 90 laneway homes and has more than 20 under construction or in planning. He was also cited for advocacy work in affordable housing in Vancouver and for leadership in helping bring in regulations allowing laneway houses to be built in Vancouver neighbourhoods. Smallworks specializes in homes that are up to 1,500 square feet but embody all of the quality and functionality of larger homes.

The Biggest Little House

Sporting a green roof and an indoor / outdoor fireplace, our latest build is one for the books. The Juliet balcony in the bedroom overlooks the lane and brings to it a sense of community, while also catching the last of the suns rays for most of the year. A lavishly spacious upstairs bathroom replaces what is usually a second bedroom.– the result is a 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom laneway that leaves nothing compromised for the homeowner in terms of space. 700 sq. ft. of living space with another 200 in the covered, insulated and attached garage — Our latest could just be our greatest.

By |September 29th, 2014|News & Trends in Small House Living|