The more traditional house form than the boxy "Special" has been achieved by two means: by removing the car parking from the house mass and by creating a partial basement area which produced a raised entry level similar to that of older houses. The front porch and steps thus become important elements of the façade and streetscape. The image of the neighborhood is considered especially by recognizing the distinctive look of early 20th century Vancouver houses. A variety of elevation "styles" are possible with specific references to those architects whose work was influential on the look of domestic architecture in Vancouver.
While maintaining the front yard setback for the mass of the house, it is proposed to allow covered porches, chimneys and cantilevered bay windows, to encroach on the setbacks by 3% of the allowable F.S.R. (Zoning By-law 4.4).
Future additional space in or above the garage or carport could be developed to accommodate studios, workshops, storage, guest space or a legal suite in the tradition of the coach house.
(Excerpt from official publication)
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