The Trinity Bellwoods Laneway House is a beautiful example of how generosity and vision can lead to the creation of a modern home nestled in an urban laneway.
The vision came from a young urban couple, before the City of Toronto released its laneway house program. They wanted a sustainable house in Toronto’s highly desirable Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood but had a limited budget. The generosity came from his parents, who gifted the young couple the space above their two-car garage on the laneway behind their house.
Thanks to exquisitely detailed planning, and an understanding of the approvals process, we were able to gently place a compact three-bedroom home atop the garage. This was done without infringing on the garage itself, which is used year-round, including in the summer as a second kitchen for canning and preserves.
The result is two family homes on a lot that previously held just one. Close enough for the grandchildren to grow up seeing their grandparents daily. Separate enough for everyone to have their own space.