I heard the term but never really paid attention to what "a Vancover special " was, but according to this artical I live in one built in 77
even tho its not in Vancover, even tho the foundation is 3ft deep, it doesnt really feel like a basement,
the Vancover special was perfect to park the aging parents until they kick off
then you make basement suite
"Its key feature is a low-pitched roof, which, compared to steeper roofs, required fewer materials — and was therefore cheaper to build.
But the Vancouver Special wasn't just cheap: its first floor also exploited a loophole, allowing it to be larger than other homes.
In the 1960s, if you wanted to construct a house, there were limitations to how much square footage the first floor could occupy.
But basements were not included in that calculation, and Cudney took advantage of this by building his first floor 18 inches below the ground — just enough for it to qualify as a 'basement.' "