A bright infill future was on show at this week’s BILD laneway tour! Read about their stop at the Leslieville Laneway house and the possible streetscapes of Toronto’s future in the Toronto Star report here
Our Senior Manager Tony took some time to sit down with Brendan Charters from Eurodale Homes to discuss some common misconceptions surrounding laneway suite design and construction, check out the full article here
There are many options available to any current homeowner who has property abutting a lane inside the pilot area. One company that was a part of the laneway bylaw development is Tony Cunha and his team at Lanescape.ca. They hold regular public information sessions for designers, builders and homeowners looking to learn more about the intricate process and rules governing these initiatives. They also provide design and construction services, which range in cost due to factors including finished vs. unfinished areas, site-specific servicing, plus consulting fees. Tony emphasizes that this is not the ‘Tiny House’ movement gripping social media. “These units,” he attests, “can be up to 1,700 sq.ft. in size, with a 10mx8m footprint.” Lanescape has done a great job at creating illustrations of how to fit a laneway house onto a lot, and the zoning restrictions that govern it. Setbacks from the lane, the main dwelling, as well as height and angular plane restrictions ensures this is a true secondary suite, and not just another house behind a house. While every lot is unique, if you understand the basic rules, there is an as-of-right condition to fit something onto virtually every lane abutting lot. Stickhandling the rules, with guidance from professionals, can shorten the approval process and build the laneway home faster.
We spoke with Andrew Dunn about laneway housing in Toronto, explaining everything you need to know from zoning guidelines to financials. Check it out here.
Lanescape’s own Tony Cunha spoke with Post City on the recent influx of Laneway Housing applications in Toronto and what it means for the future of housing in our beloved city. Check out the new article here
Lanescape’s resident architect and co-founder Craig Race speaks to Davelle Morrison on the Morrison Report Podcast about laneway housing in Toronto, what you need to build your own and how Lanescape can help. Listen here!