Toronto Laneway Suite Design Ideas
A laneway suite, also referred to as a “laneway home” or “laneway house”, is a self-contained dwelling situated at the rear of a residential lot that abuts a public laneway. It’s a new cost effective option for property owners looking at alternatives to a home addition build. The laneway house is detached from the primary property and can be used as extra space for the homeowners or as a rental unit.
What Exactly Is A Laneway Suite?
Often times a laneway house is a small dwelling. All of the main services such as mail delivery and garbage disposal all run from the main street, opposed to the laneway itself. This is reportedly a new upcoming trend in Toronto, but laneway suites is nothing new, especially in Canada. Look no further than Vancouver for the most recent hotbed of laneway houses. Toronto is reported to be the bigger older sibling stepping in to steal the spotlight as it is reported there will be anywhere from 100-300 laneway suites built over the next 1-2 years.
In June of 2018, the City of Toronto passed a series of Official Plan and By-law amendments permitting laneway suites within certain zones in the City. These amendments create as-of-right guidelines that allow laneway suites to be built under certain circumstances without requiring variances through the Committee of Adjustment, saving property owners both time and money. Over the summer of 2019, the geographic area that the by-law covers was extended to cover the entire City of Toronto.
Toronto Laneway Suite Requirements
Interested in adding a laneway house to your properties growing value? Then you should be made aware of what’s required to build a laneway suite.
Requirements for eligibility of a Toronto Laneway Suite:
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Identify Your Budget
Knowing your budget will give you a better idea of what limitations you may have in deciding how you are going to build your laneway suite. The materials you choose, floor plan and design will factor into the cost of the laneway suite.
Know What You Want
Since a laneway suite is a financial investment, we recommend doing your research. Look for information on laneway suite costs, designs, and materials. This will help you to get a more reliable estimate when you start meeting with laneway suite contractors.
Don't Focus On Price
When choosing a contractor for your laneway suite, it’s best to focus less on price, and more on how you feel about the contractor. You want to find someone that is reliable, trustworthy, and has experience with laneway suites. At 2×2 Construction, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and customer satisfaction.