Flexible housing / Guides

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...flexible" home, which has been designed for quicker and easier expansions and changes. Take a look at our page on flexible housing .

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, they might be gone or you might want to have some in the future. Design floor plans that work for you right now but can be easily adapted to accommodate different family dynamics in the future. Flexible housing starts with a basi...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...housing stock diminishes and housing prices continue to rise to record-breaking heights. We now live in increasingly smaller and more diverse housing types such as condominiums, apartments, townhomes, and even micro-suites. This has become the reality of urban living. On the surface, Vancouver has been experiencing m...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...housing options for people to live near employment areas, there is less pressure to develop valuable green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by designing highly flexible dwellings . From their website: "FabCa...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...flexible housing '. Over the course of its lifespan, a house will likely be altered many times, how difficult and expensive those changes will be depends largely on the initial design. In this case the teachers are looking to create a versatile house ready for easy transformation, universal access, healthy indoor air...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Housing Program, home buyers purchasing an energy-efficient home or making energy saving renovations are eligible for a 10% refund of the Genworth mortgage insurance premium. Details here . CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...flexible housing design ' where future changes are anticipated so that the necessary infrastructure can be put in place at the time of initial construction. Insulated slab-on-grade waiting for vapour barrier installation © Ecohome Floating slab / Monolithic slab: The term floating slab refers to a two-stage s...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...flexible grooved drains to increase durability. 2) Including an accessible cleanout T-junction is a nice added feature as they allow for easy maintenance in the case of sediment buildup. 3) When dealing with an iron bacteria problem, a rubble trench footing can potentially be a more lasting solution than convention...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

From underneath a bed, under a subfloor or the underside of the staircase, there are many underutilized areas in a home that can make life in a small home a lot less cluttered. Here are some ideas on how to transform dead space into storage space. Use the bottom of the bed as a storage with drawers on wheels...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...flexible membrade over the joints to avoid problems with any movement and shifting. See about getting windows and door openings cut at the factory, otherwise you will likely be using a chain saw on site and will treat your neighbourhood and local environment to a blizzard of little foam balls that you will be finding...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...housing trend, on wheels or stationary. There is a certain freedom that comes with limiting your space and stuff, there's a lot less to worry about. And I guess in a way it can channel the inner kid in us as this would unquestionably be the coolest fort you have ever built. The Tiny Tack House is a tidy and efficie...