There’s the scavenger hunt aspect of finding each one. There’s the Nosy Parker element too, who doesn’t love peering round other people’s houses?
I’m a regular on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Laneway House and Heritage House tours, but there’s a new one in town – the Modern Home Tour. This self-guided tour covers seven houses, with a focus on sustainable building practices. Living in a Gold LEEDS-certified building myself, I love seeing how architects tackle this type of structure. You can read more about the tour and the houses on the Modern Home Tour site.
I’m gutted I can’t go this year, but I’m happy to give two of my readers double passes (that’s you and a friend) to check it out for yourselves. The tour runs on Saturday 14 September from 11am to 5pm. You’ll need a vehicle to get everywhere, as it’s self-guided. Pro tip from a house tour nerd: wear shoes you can take off quickly so you’re not doing the one-foot hop whilst people pile up behind you, and bring a bag to carry them in.
Go forth and enter!