This classically designed 2-storey laneway suite offers 935 square feet of living space, becoming a quaint addition to a beautiful family home close to Bloor-West Village. The suite makes optimal use of the allowable building area, incorporating a modest concept living space at grade, with a den and single bedroom above. The design utilizes and expands upon an existing garage foundation to minimize excavation and the entire superstructure above grade is devised to maximize usability.
A pitched roofline is carefully integrated to echo the traditional language of the existing primary dwelling while remaining within the maximum allowable building height and maintaining appropriate ceiling clearances. Red masonry veneer, fiber-cement shakes and ornamental accents render the building a modern homage to the coach house typology found in Toronto laneways past.
The Annette Laneway Suite demonstrates how the current as-of-right by-law can be leveraged to create forms that go well outside the standard modern ‘box’. This suite will become a cohesive element to create housing flexibility on what is a modest, but well-connected urban lot.