We’ve Come a Long Way Since the “Frankfurt Kitchen”

In Germany in 1926, an award winning Austrian architect named Margarete Lihotzky was commissioned to help solve the housing crisis in post war Germany. Using many of the best-use-of-space and work efficiency principles popularized by American Christine Frederick, who herself had studied Frederick Taylor's industrial time and motion experiments, Lihotsky went on to design the world's first mass produced fitted kitchen, meeting the demands of a mass housing project in Frankfurt fired by a utopian vision but limited by tiny floor plans and tight budgets.

By | 2016-11-16T08:26:16+00:00 May 28th, 2013|News & Trends in Small House Living|

Vancouver City Council Amends/Expands Laneway Housing

The amendments address impacts on neighbouring properties, provision of parking, livability of the units and length of the permitting process, with the intent of improving the fit of laneway housing into neighbourhoods. Additionally, the proposal includes the expansion of the LWH program to the remaining RS districts to equalize opportunity for laneway housing across all single family areas.

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:55+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|News & Trends in Small House Living|

Built-Ins: Gotta’ love ’em!

Sanctuary is one of the basic joys of small spaces. A coziness and human scale that brings us back to reading by flashlight under the bedsheets or building "forts" in the bush. And so, too, for me, do all the odd cubbyholes and spaces often found in quirky older houses. But in a modern, minimalist decor, as well as making us feel cozy, built-ins also serve the very practical purposes of making the best use of limited space and of keeping clutter under control.

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:55+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Hints on Keeping It Small|

Speaker Series: All About Laneway Housing in Vancouver

EMGB's Laneway Housing Event The Emerging Green Builders of Metro Vancouver are proud to invite the general public to a special presentation by top laneway housing experts on this unique form of housing in Vancouver. What is the general idea about laneway homes? Why are laneway homes important? What have been the challenges and opportunities as people get used to the idea of a smaller house? Join our discussion. We will have four experts at hand who will give short presentations leading up to a panel discussion and a question and answer session with attendees. Wed. March 20 - 6:00 p.m. Where: The HiVE, 128 W Hastings, Suite 210 $5 suggested donation For additional details and to RSVP, please visit http://lanewayhousing.eventbrite.com/

By | 2016-11-15T09:05:56+00:00 March 13th, 2013|What We've Been Up To Past & Present|