Currently under construction, Baird Park Laneway House is an all-electric income suite nestled in a west Toronto neighbourhood. The property is owned by multiple family members, some of whom live in the main house, with others living elsewhere in Ontario. The family wanted to enhance their investment in the property, and to add a beautiful rental home to the neighbourhood.
The main objectives for the design were that it be durable, easy to maintain, and very energy efficient with low utility bills. It also needed to have at least two-bedrooms and be designed with budget at top of mind.
The two-storey laneway suite is built only to the size required to meet the objectives, and no larger. The property size would have allowed for the largest building footprint permitted under the bylaw, but to keep costs down the final design is smaller, while still providing all the desired elements.