Davenport Multiplex is an all-electric multi-unit residential project in Toronto’s Regal Heights neighbourhood. The property sits on Toronto’s mid-town escarpment with steep slope upwards from front to back, providing for expansive south views from new street-facing balconies.
What was originally a 1950s purpose-built triplex, subsequently divided into five small units, and is now a modern fourplex (plus laneway suite coming soon) with spacious one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. When the laneway house is complete at the rear, this property will have five new, luxury rental suites.
The design and permitting process was done quickly and efficiently. The house is kept in its original form, with the south wall rebuilt to accommodate more glazing and generous balconies. This approach reduced cost and waste, limited the variances required, and allowed for a quick construction process.
Project tasks were done concurrently to reduce wait-times during permitting, allowing construction to start as soon as possible. From the beginning of the design phase to the projected move-in date will be just 18 months.
Energy efficiency design techniques in this project are projected to reduce energy use by 55% from pre-renovation levels. All energy consumed will be low carbon hydro, as the natural gas connection has been completely removed.