This 1450 square foot, three bedroom design shows the potential that Laneway Suites have to provide family-oriented housing options in Toronto’s urban context. Lanescape worked closely with the homeowner from the project’s outset, assisting in their search to purchase a property eligible and optimal for laneway development. This 32′-0″ x 120′-0″ lot abuts the lane at the side lot line, providing ample privacy and parking space, while allowing the Laneway Suite to function as a completely isolated, secondary dwelling. Analyzing the site in its totality, our team devised a planning strategy for modifications to the main house and optimal siting for the Laneway Suite that would maximize value, exceeding their financial and aesthetic goals.
The 2-storey structure features a large formal dining, kitchen, and living space, with a walkout to the rear yard and patio. The upper level features three large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and ample closet space for a typical family. The building’s massing was cleverly developed to work within the constraints of the angular plane and ensure an appropriate scale, without sacrificing interior usable area. Large overhangs create a covered parking space adjacent the lane while establishing an interstitial semi-private space at the setback with direct access to the rear yard.
The Danforth Village Laneway Suite exemplifies how responsible densification of our low rise residential neighbourhoods can create family-oriented affordable housing close to parks, schools, and neighbourhood amenities that otherwise would not be possible.