The Intergenerational family home

The Intergenerational House is a prototype 3,000 sf energy-efficient residence inspired by multi-generational living in close yet separate quarters as can be found in Europe and Asia. The design provides a three-storey main house, lower suite and a laneway house on a typical 33’ x 122’ Vancouver building lot with space allocated as: two adults and two children in the main house, grandparents in the spacious, lower two-bedroom suite, and tenants in the small laneway home, which could possibly house the children in future.

By Kenneth Chooi and Stefan Levasseur

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Make room for density

Located in the Grandview Woodland neighbourhood of Vancouver’s east end, the original house was representative of the houses constructed during the early decades of the last century: poorly insulated, disconnected from the street, and with little natural light. The new owners – young professionals with modest funds and a new baby – looked to transform the house to suit a contemporary lifestyle with an eye to sustainable building.

BY IAN ROSS MCDONALD
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