Scarlet in the Heart of Dunbar

It’s a perfect match! This 640 sq. ft. Dunbar laneway house is a dead ringer for the property’s beautiful main dwelling and is the perfect space for a single young professional or a couple. The interior design of this lane house focuses on finishes that evoke a classic West Coast feel with a unique aquamarine acid stained concrete floor in the main living area and plenty of vertical grain fir throughout, including the kitchen which also features energy star appliances and a “denim” paperstone countertop of 100% recycled paper.

By | 2016-11-15T10:42:47+00:00 May 9th, 2014|News & Trends in Small House Living|

Our Newest Laneway House Design – “Invisible Density” via the Glass Brick House

Built with insulated Japanese-designed glass brick, this laneway house offers both privacy and plenty of natural, ambient light. Its simple and elegant split-level design provides a living area with 14-foot ceilings by recessing the main part of the home into the site while the bedroom is three steps higher, creating a mezzanine at ground level. The under-floor cavities of the split-level also provide additional built-in storage space.

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:55+00:00 January 15th, 2014|News & Trends in Small House Living|

How many of these hidden heroes are in your small home?

The wire coat hanger. The story goes that Albert J. Parkhouse, an employee at J.B. Timberlake and Sons, which made things like wire novelties and lampshades, arrived at work one winter day around 1904 to find that all the coat hooks had been taken. He spontaneously bent a piece of wire to create a hanger. Thanks to Houzz for bringing this intriguing exhibit on the beauty and genius of everyday things to our attention. Even if you can't get to the exhibit, check out the Vitra Design Museum’s interactive online version of the exhibition. It's a fascinating trip!

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:55+00:00 October 23rd, 2013|Stuff Only Remotely Related to Living Small & Urban|