small bathroom renovation projects, quickly graduated to larger scale projects all over the GTA. Their first laneway home was built in 2020 and things have continued to pick up from there!
Laneway home specs:
Property must back onto a public laneway.
Must be 0.9m of space at the side of the house for emergency services access.
Set back from the main house 5.0m for 1 storey, 7.5m for 2 storey.
1.5m setback from the laneway.
Maximum building height of 6m.
Utilities tie into the utilities of the primary house on the lot.
Cannot sever the existing lot (at least not quickly, easily, or economically).
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Source of additional income for long-term or short-term rental. As a completely separate building, this can be more enticing to offer as a rental unit for homeowners who do not want to sacrifice space in their own home for a rental unit.
Excellent option for multi-generational families. This gives families the opportunity to live very close to each other while still maintaining some privacy.
Increased property value. Houses with separate rental units are always more valuable when selling a home, imagine what a difference a completely separate rental building will make in the resale value!
Affordable access to established neighbourhoods. At a lesser cost per square foot than condos, laneway suites are making living in established neighbourhoods much more accessible for potential renters. On the flipside, it also presents an opportunity for making home ownership more affordable! The promise of rental income makes home ownership much more reasonable for potential homeowners.
- 1,050 square feet of living space
- 3 bedrooms
- 2.5 bathrooms
- Single car parking pad
- Full open concept kitchen
Since the City of Toronto passed “as-of-right” zoning bylaws in 2018 to approve Laneway Suites without the need to go to the Committee of Adjustment, Laneway Suites have exploded in popularity. The city of Toronto is currently working to permit ‘garden suites’ within the next year. Similar to a Laneway Suite, a Garden Suite functions as a separate rental housing unit, located in the rear yard and detached from the main house. Unlike a Laneway Suite however, a Garden Suite is not next to a laneway and could instead be next to a yard, private lane, park, or other open space. Garden Suites are estimated to open up the market size about 10x, with a few hundred thousand properties qualifying for a Laneway or Garden Suite.
With our compact trucks and bins, we hope to continue to be a part of new and upcoming housing developments such as Laneway Homes in the future. Narrow laneways often do not allow for a bin to stay on site overnight, but our office is always flexible to accommodate a jobsite’s restrictions. With same-day delivery and pick-up available, and quick turnaround time for last minute changes, Bin There Dump That bin rentals and Laneway home construction are a great match.