Working closely with the contractor and homeowner from the start, the design of this 1-bedroom 1-bath laneway suite is designed with a modern architectural language conducive to the laneway suite by-law requirements while remaining grounded through traditional claddings that maintain a sensitivity to the context. The modest structure is designed as a rental space in the short term with flexibility to become a retirement pied-a-terre in future. The building is sculpted by the laneway suite by-laws, maximizing interior space while remaining at a reasonable scale for the modest property and laneway. The ground floor offers a well-appointed compact living space with a 3-piece bathroom and loft-style bedroom at the upper. Glazing is oriented to privatize the rear yard while maximizing daylight from the laneway.
The Follis Laneway Suite demonstrates how detached accessory dwelling units can offer diverse high-quality living solutions to a wide user demographic at various stages of life. This space promises to provide housing flexibility close to neighbours, parks, transit, and a wide array of valuable community amenities.