Spacious laneway home from Smallworks

Custom homes by Smallworks are an affordable way to build and own a house in Vancouver.

With homes in Vancouver being among the most expensive in the world, it might surprise you to learn that building a new house may be one of your most affordable Vancouver housing options. And this is just one benefit.

Here are 4 advantages to building a Smallworks lane house in Vancouver:

1. Affordable Housing

Building a lane house from scratch gives you complete control over your budget. For as little as $100,000, you can buy a laneway house shell and customize the rest of it as a do-it-yourself project. In this case, Smallworks designs the house and delivers all the essentials – including the building permit, site preparation, underground services, insulated foundation, walls, doors, windows, and roof, all within 4 to 6 weeks, while you only have to take care of the electrical wiring, plumbing, finishing, and decorating.

For $250,000, you can score you a custom house featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2 levels, with a designer interior, integrated millwork, and quality interior finishes.

There are plenty of options, and Smallworks will work with you to determine and stick to your budget.

In comparison, an older home might require extensive renovations and upgrades that could pop up as surprise add-on costs to your purchase price.

2. Custom Home

Instead of going through dozens of listings to try to find the perfect house, building a house with a custom home builder like Smallworks lets you make a home that perfectly suits your needs. You can be as hands-on or hands-off as possible, and you’ll have expert help from Smallworks’ designers.

3. Energy Efficient House

Building a tiny new house will bring you the latest in energy saving appliances and building code standards, as well as the inherent savings of living in a smaller home. Energy efficient features and ENERGY STAR appliances will let you save on utilities and other costs.

4. Sustainable Living

If you’re looking for a sustainable home, a Smallworks lane house is a great option. Smaller homes conserve significant resources in their construction, maintenance and operation, and laneway houses make use of existing municipal infrastructure. On top of this, we consider the environmental impact of every choice we make while designing and building your lane home. We use local resources and businesses where we can, and healthy materials.

5. Beautiful Home

At the end of the day, you want to come home to and live in a house that looks good, and Smallworks make beautiful small homes. Choose from our existing designs, or create one of your own. Check out our gallery of lane houses to see how nice and spacious tiny homes can actually be.

Smallworks homes are beautiful on the outside AND inside.

Affordable homes in Vancouver exist, and they can be beautiful, sustainable, and custom-built. Contact Smallworks today to find out more.


By | 2016-11-15T09:05:57+00:00 April 17th, 2012|News & Trends in Small House Living|


  1. Interior Designer Alliance March 31, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    Great tips for building a new house in Vancouver thanks for sharing such informative post

  2. contractors in vancouver June 1, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Exactly!! A lane house has lot of advantages. They are easy on the pocket with all facilities.

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