If you're curious about laneway housing, mark Oct. 20 on your calendar.
That's the date of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation's third annual Laneway House Tour, which will take ticket holders into seven laneway homes that have been built behind existing houses.
"The homes on our tour best showcase their practical use of limited square footage while maximizing style, economy and green living," says the heritage foundation in a prepared release, adding that the small homes have become popular among those dealing with the challenges of affordability.
"With rising housing costs, the laneway house has become a popular alternative for urban couples looking to move out of parents' basements or highrise rentals."
In addition, notes the foundation, laneway homes can provide financial benefits for the owner of the property's main residence.
"Built behind existing homes, these structures offer added income for the owner, can be a great rental option for young families, and preserve historic homes by infilling rear yards, which allows for gentler densification versus demolition and new builds."
Tickets for the tour are $30, plus tax. The self-directed tour, which is also a heritage foundation fundraiser, runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets and information are available at 604-264-9642 or by logging on to www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org
For more information about laneway housing in Vancouver, check out the City of Vancouver's Laneway Housing webpage at vancouver.ca/commsvcs/ lanewayhousing.