Small Housing Resources

Explore Small Housing’s suite of resources, designed to inspire, inform and support your gentle density ambitions.

Case Studies

A series of brief case studies that highlight promising practices of various jurisdictions who are leading the way in implementing gentle density housing around BC, Canada, and the world, and various tactics or approaches that can advance this work.

Guidance Papers

Small Housing addresses common and systemic challenges to increasing gentle density housing by convening experts from multiple sectors to advance solutions together, and communicate the findings to a broad audience that can test, champion and implement solutions.

From affordability, to operations, to offsite construction and more, these guidance papers are here to support you in shaping your gentle density solutions.

First Nations Stories of Practice

Stories of Practice honour, document, and celebrate community-led gentle density housing projects in Indigenous communities, and provide other communities and organizations with an opportunity to learn about wise practices, teachings, and lessons.

Sample Home Designs

A collection of sample renderings and site plans of built gentle density projects, ranging from 3 to 8 units, showcasing the potential of standardized designs to deliver innovative, inspiring gentle density solutions.

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Small Housing regularly hosts online events to showcase voices from across the province who are championing the creation and inclusion of “gentle density housing” in established single-family neighbourhoods across British Columbia.

We engage with cities, the construction industry, and citizens who wish to see more diverse housing options in their communities, and share our collective and learned knowledge through our research and outreach work.

Archived Reports

To deal with the housing crisis, we need to strata-title ADUs, implement a province-wide GDH mechanism, and further drive attainable housing options.

Cover of Small Houses Toolkit report.

Pros and cons of smaller forms while outlining innovations in small scale living from across North America.

Delves into public engagement process and small housing through two City of Vancouver case studies.

Highlights Metro Vancouver residents’ attitudes toward infill development.

New planning approach to the City of Surrey through the preservation of trees within infill cluster housing development.

Explore different types of tenure in single-detached neighbourhoods.

Report cover: Pre Approved Designs, Small Housing BC, 2017

Explores pre-approved designs and plans: conducted in partnership with the cities of Nelson and Maple Ridge.

Cover of report: Permanently Affordable Home Ownership Model," March 2019, Small Housing BC

Developed by SHBC, in consultation with city planning staff at the City of Vancouver.

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