It’s ALMOST official…

BACKYARD HOMES aka GARDEN SUITES WILL BE ALLOWED THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF TORONTO SOON, PENDING THE OUTCOME OR DISMISSAL OF A RECENT APPEAL.

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On February 2nd, Toronto City Council approved bylaws to allow Garden Suites on as many as 400,000 properties in the City! Backyard Houses [aka Garden suites or Laneway suites] can be built behind detached houses, semis, and townhouses throughout all of the Residentially zoned lands in Toronto. These neighbourhoods make up 35% of Toronto’s land area, but 70% of all the Residentially zoned lands (the rest being where mid-rise and high-rise buildings are allowed) so this is huge.

LEARN MORE AT OUR WEBINAR ON THE INS-AND-OUTS OF GARDEN SUITES & LANEWAY SUITES IN TORONTO

Green Architect & Backyard Housing expert Daniel Hall, OAA will discuss:

  • Where and when you can build
  • How to contain costs and keep a low carbon footprint when you build
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls in building in your backyard
  • How to create a proper project budget for your Garden or Laneway Suite
  • Examples of what has been and can be built

Garden Suites + Accessible Design = Beautiful long term living for your family

Many of our Clients are interested in finding ways to share their property with several generations of their family – be it their parents or adult children and grand-kids. Garden Suites provide another option for ageing gracefully-in-place. Here at The Architect Builders Collaborative, we are experts in designing for accessibility and long term flexibility to give you peace of mind for your family’s future housing needs.

Our recent award winning GAGA design provides a perfect illustration of an accessible, low carbon solution to backyard housing.

BACKYARD HOUSING IN TORONTO

Garden Suite, Backyard House, ADU, Granny Flat, Coachhouse, Laneway House, Secondary Dwelling Unit…..

Call them what you will, they are all a House-behind-a-House and since the passing of the 2019 ‘More Homes, More Choice Act’, municipalities across Ontario have been stepping up and creating more options for Homeowners to build a secondary, smaller house-behind-a-house. The rules around what a ‘Garden Suite’, to use Toronto’s term, can be will vary from town to town, but they all share some common characteristics. 

From an environmental perspective, Garden Suites provide an opportunity to add gentle density, optimize our use of existing investments in infrastructure, rejuvenate aging neighbourhoods, and add much needed rental housing to the market across the Province. Furthermore, they don’t rely on large developers, but instead provide many ordinary Ontarian’s with a safe means to invest in rental housing and in the future of our own communities.

The Architect Builders Collaborative has taken a deep interest in this form of intensification with the several laneway house projects nearing completion and in design. We have also developed a series of low cost ‘ready-to-build’ green designs to suit the common requests for this kind of new housing.

SOME COMMON QUESTION’S OUR CLIENTS HAVE ABOUT GARDEN SUITES & LANEWAY HOUSING IN TORONTO:

  • Can I build a laneway house on my lot?
  • Can a laneway house be fully accessible?
  • Can I keep my parking spot?
  • What will this cost to build?
  • What about Solar power and Net-Zero homes?
  • What makes a laneway House eco-friendly?
  • Can I get funding to make it affordable?
  • How will it adapt as our needs change? 

THE TOP 4 REASONS PEOPLE WANT LANEWAY HOUSES IN TORONTO:

Interested in learning more?

Check out our Laneway Housing ON-DEMAND-SERIES

And while you’re here… take a look at our READY-TO-BUILD Laneway Suite Designs!

We have developed three prototypical designs for Laneway Houses that can be easily adapted to most laneway sites. You can choose from one of 3 types – The “Classic Coachhouse”, The “Garden Cottage”, and The “Bungalane”.

What’s different about our research is our core focus on green design. In particular, we are showing that Net-Zero laneway houses are not only possible, but practical to build, and that even a Passive House or Living Building Challenge certified ultra green laneway house can be achieved. 

Don’t be shy… book a consultation with Architect + Green Design Specialist Daniel Hall

We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

To keep up on all Garden Suite related news, make sure you are on our special Garden Suite newsletter list. 

You can also find more great information on the City’s Garden Suite website