Parkdale Laneway House is nestled behind a beautiful Toronto brick house in the city’s west end. Where a dilapidated garage once stood is a new, 1,080 square-foot, all-electric, high-performance home and a 330 square-foot workshop.
Originally, the owners wanted to build a new workshop to replace the old shed, but when laneway homes became a possibility in Toronto, they decided to build one with a garage/workshop integrated into it. In addition to rental income in the near term, the laneway home offers flexibility for the coming decades: a green home ready for aging parents, grown children, or for downsizing from the main house.
The building, which treads lightly around a 100-year-old walnut tree, contains a tidy woodworking studio and a modern two-bedroom modern home with great views and its own secluded green spaces.