On Vancouver’s West Side, a Home That’s Green, Affordable And Well Designed

By Hadani Ditmars, Globe and Mail
Friday, January 20, 2012

At the corner of 10th and Balaclava, in the heart of Vancouver’s west side, two new houses stand tall. Part urban cabin, part neighbourhood intervention, the 1,600-square-foot house and its younger sibling, a 400-square-foot laneway home, read like residential installation art. In this neighbourhood of traditional arts and crafts style homes, of pitched roofs, dormers and gables, the modernist grey-blue dwellings accented with bright orange, red and yellow are somewhat of a novelty. “We had about 1,000 people come by the first week we moved in,” says the middle-aged owner, who, while not shy about sharing his house with curious neighbours, prefers not to be attributed in newspaper articles. More …

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