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Otherwise known as rearyard infill, coach houses are an older version of laneway houses that have been around for many years. Although they can look similar from the outside, they are administered by a different set of bylaws.
Vancouver homeowners and developers build them behind the main houses with entrances at the rear lane. Coach houses are a great way to add value to your property without purchasing a new piece of land.
What is a Coach House?
A coach house is a detached structure in the rear of a main house. These ancillary buildings have their own entrances and are complete houses on their own, similar to a duplex. They can be strata-titled and are saleable separate from the main property, making them more valuable than a simple laneway house. Because they are “ground-oriented” with their own entrances, their usage is flexible: they can be rented out to relatives or tenants or can be sold off as part of the strata complex.
Why build a Coach House / Rearyard Infill Home?
Although coach houses add value to a property and can be rented out, the most common reason for building a detached house in the rear is to re-sell it. Other benefits include:
Below is a sample lot floor plan for a coach house.
What are the Requirements Needed to Build a Coach House?
There are such a variety of ways that coach houses can be configured. Most are built on larger lots (50 x 122), but it’s still possible to have a small infill on a 33 x 122 lot. Here are the basic features:
How Big are Coach Houses?
The unit size and maximumFSR(Floor Space Ratio) varies depending on the size of the site and the zoning. For example:
There are many other scenarios that can be used with coach houses. If you have questions about your specific property, you can email or call me directly. I look forward to speaking with you about your project.