Yes; in June 2018, Toronto’s municipal government approved an amendment to a zoning by-law, allowing eligible residential homes to build laneway houses. This is an effort from the City of Toronto to address concerns surrounding affordable housing in the city, and laneway houses are approved to be used as rental units.
One laneway home is allowed on each lot, and as of the summer of 2019, laneway suite construction is allowed across the entire City of Toronto. The only restricted area in the city is by Avenue Road, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Limited rail corridor, Yonge Street, Rosedale Valley Road, Sherbourne Street, Bloor Street East and Bloor Street West.
The City of Toronto has set strict conditions to regulate the design of laneway homes. For example, the property must be at least 3.5 meters in width at the rear and abuts a laneway by a minimum of 3.5 meters. A fire hydrant and public street for emergency service accessibility within 45 meters of the suite.
Currently, laneway homes in Toronto must not be over two storeys high and can only be 860 square feet per floor for a total of 1,720 square feet. The laneway home must also fit the neighbourhood’s character and avoid any balconies or window designs that may overlook neighbouring backyards.
To ensure that your existing property is eligible for a laneway suite, our team will assess your property during an initial consultation to ensure that it abides by the most up-to-date Toronto and GTA zoning regulations and requirements.
In Toronto, the average cost of building a laneway home is around $500 per square foot. From architectural designs and permits to construction materials and labour, the total cost can range from around $280,000 for a smaller home to over $500,000 for a custom-built home, with all taxes and other expenses included.
While this can be a significant financial investment, the long-term benefits of a laneway home, including increased property value and rental income potential, make it a smart investment.
At Grand Design Build, we offer the most reasonable prices for our laneway housing solutions without compromising the quality of service and craftsmanship.
At the beginning of every project, our team will work with you to build a budget you feel comfortable with without losing quality. With our help, you can create a laneway home that meets your needs without breaking the bank.
Choosing Us For Laneway Housing in Toronto and the GTA
At Grand Design Build, we are the leading provider of custom laneway housing construction services in Toronto and the GTA. Our team of highly skilled professionals has extensive experience in all aspects of building a laneway home and obtaining necessary permits to small-space interior design.
We pride ourselves on offering customized laneway housing solutions that meet each of our clients' unique needs and budgets. With over two decades of experience, we have established a strong reputation in Toronto for delivering affordable laneway housing construction services without sacrificing premium quality.
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Factors such as lot coverage, square footage of the main dwelling, required parking, and more can affect your property’s eligibility for a laneway home. That’s why our consultants will do an initial assessment to determine your property’s buildable area and what’s possible for your unique lot.
Typically electricity, water and gas are supplied from the main dwelling. When extending these services from the main house, careful considerations must be made to ensure that existing services can accommodate the increase in demand.
Yes. We offer financing options and have connections to other financial institutions if you need further assistance.