The Bickford Park Laneway Suite is situated in Toronto’s west end, footsteps from the Bloor West corridor. The primary goal of this development was to densify an existing large lot to maximize the amount of useable floor area for future tenants both in the main home and secondary dwelling. On the exterior, windows are sized and oriented to optimize solar performance and control overlook. The interior of the laneway suite utilizes an open concept floorplan with living, dining, kitchen, den, and powder room at grade while maintaining privacy by locating two large bedrooms with dedicated ensuites on the upper floor. The laneway facade is designed as a canvas to host a dramatic mural by local graffiti artist, Chris Perez, in an effort to both embrace and enhance the unique character of Toronto’s laneway typology.
This project offers a unique opportunity for smart, creative, and achievable infill housing. By focusing strategic investments on building performance and dressing the unit in a stunning piece of urban art, we were able to significantly reduce the project’s carbon footprint while creating a means of connection and identity to the laneway and community at large.