Generations come together in a pair of homes on a single property in Vancouver.
Snow-capped mountains, water views, urban art and culture, ridiculously nice people—the very things that make Vancouver a desirable place to live have also created a housing crunch. In response, city leaders have enacted strategies aimed at increasing density, such as allowing residents to build laneway houses—small backyard abodes that open onto the narrow lanes that run between city blocks.
So when Stephen and Karen Dadson decided to downsize, seeking a lighter environmental footprint as well as separate accommodations for their daughter, Rebecca, and her two young girls, a primary home with a laneway house seemed like the perfect arrangement. “We liked the European idea of the multigenerational family being a unit,” says Karen, 70, a retired teacher and artist whose work hangs throughout the house. “But at the same time, we all value our privacy.”
Once they found their ideal lot on a hill in the leafy Dunbar neighborhood, looking over the water and out to Grouse Mountain, Lions Gate Bridge, and the Coast Mountains beyond, the couple turned to the same architect who had built their last home, their son, Leland Dadson. He was joined on the project by Yvonne Popovska, his wife and cofounder of Toronto-based DPo Architecture.
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