Caring for Others

Starting out our clients have had a clear vision of the features we needed to in the house

  • Energy efficient building that has low utility bills
  • Long lasting, durable, low maintenance surfaces
  • Low Construction Costs
  • Drains in water prone areas (bathroom) incase of flooding
  • Interior monitoring and ability to remotely control things like temperature, & humidity, as well as monitoring for carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, radon.
  • Security system that will help ensure clients door is locked when he leaves his house
  • Occupancy sensors to turn on and off lights

Other things that we have included in this house

  • dishwasher to make sure things are clean
  • induction hot plate instead of electric range
  • apartment size washer & dryer
  • Loft space for painting & drawing

Affordable Housing

The project has been funded by the Vancouver Foundation.  This is a hugs step in supporting the affordable housing efforts in our community.  Funding like this will reduce the amount of borrowing from financial institutions, and allow us to increase the scope of the project to perhaps meet the Living Building Challenge.

Cities should be looking to fund projects like this in order to reduce the costs of health care.  Providing affordable accommodations on infill pieces of land we believe will change the scope and feel of our cities.  Having a challenged family member or aging parents living on the same property allows so many more opportunities for affordable housing in the Okanagan.

Affordable lane way housing will also result in a stronger more resilient community.  In other cities infill lane way housing has resulted in increased community interaction, safer streets, and more beautiful walking spaces.  It might be difficult for city planers and residents to see this but it will increase the happiness of the city.

Family Support

Meeting with clients to discuss project house for his brother.  The project is very compelling.  Design and build a small house for his special needs brother.  His brother has never lived alone before.  The design and build of this project would allow him a home that he has never had.  The location of the house, across the yard, is ideal for his family to look after him and help him with the various activities he is not so good at.  Both my clients and their young children are excited to see this project underway.

To help fund this our clients are applying for funding from Giving in Action a program of the Vancouver Foundation.  Funding from this foundation will go a long way to helping provide long term housing for their family member.