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Toronto’s laneway homes are a needed and welcome housing option – Toronto Star

From the Toronto Star:

A few weeks ago, we took a tour of laneway and infill homes in Toronto with BILD’s RenoMark renovators and custom homebuilders, and a number of journalists.

People are enthusiastic about the possibilities of laneway housing and eager to learn about the technicalities of building it. With laneway dwellings allowed to be built “as of right” in Toronto and East York only last summer, we are in exciting new territory.

PLEASE NOTE: Toronto laneway housing regulations have recently been updated, some of the information contained in the linked articles may be out of date or inaccurate as of today’s date.

A laneway home is typically a second, smaller dwelling built at the back of a lot, facing onto a public lane and sharing utilities with the main house. Laneway housing has many advantages: For the homeowner, a laneway home can be a source of rental income or living space for extended family; for neighbourhoods, having homes facing onto laneways can improve safety and inject beauty and vibrancy.

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