In 1999, Robbie Steward fell in love and bought an East Vancouver heritage home brimming with original character and charm.
“The house was built in 1946… it is a unique, beautifully restored historic home with a great floor plan,” says Steward. “As a bonus it also sits on a great sized lot.”
Over the last few years, the 53-year-old and his partner Rodney Tolhuysen started to contemplate retirement.
“After raising three teens and now being empty nesters we started to consider selling,” he adds. “But then we both decided we love the neighbourhood too much to leave. We also like the fact that we are only 15 minutes from downtown, Kitsilano, the airport and the entrance to the highway.
So rather than sell and move into a condominium, they opted to have a laneway home built behind the main house.
They hired Smallworks, a developer with extensive experience in building this type of home.
“We went from a large family home to a 640 square feet, two-level laneway house,” he says.
It’s been a year and a half now and they couldn’t be happier. They found numerous ways to maximize the space with multi-purpose components and custom-designed built-ins.