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Laneway Housing - Guest Speaker Presentation

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Laneway housing has revolutionized cities like Vancouver and it’s here, now in Toronto. If you’re not familiar with laneway housing, the concept allows the use of the many laneways, which are typically used to access garages and other spaces, and allows for housing development along the laneway. Laneway housing is important to Toronto as it allows for both gentle densification and meets the requirements of the Official Plan.

Savvy developers and seasoned investors are already starting to take advantage of laneway opportunities. Learn how to invest strategically and plan for this massive change to the Toronto housing landscape!

We have an expert in the industry, Daniel Hall, coming to teach us all the critical elements of laneway housing. During this meetup we’ll answer questions like:
- How do I avoid development fees - I heard the can cost upwards of $30k?
- How can I avoid going to the Committee of Adjustments, adding months to my planning process?
- What’s the fastest way to build a laneway house? Are there spec builds out there?
- How can I identify a potential laneway property? What are the zoning rules?
- I heard that you need to be near a fire hydrant, is that true?
- What’s the best way to get services like water, sewage, and electricity to my laneway house?
- What are the parking requirements for a laneway suite?

You don't want to miss this opportunity to learn about laneway housing in Toronto!

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About our speaker:

Daniel Hall, O.A.A. is the founding principal of The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc, a progressive Architecture and Design studio focussed on delivering great green design. As a licensed carpenter, with the perspective of over 15 years hands-on experience building in addition to 20+ years of exploring architecture, Daniel ensures that our designs will be able to be built efficiently and cost- effectively. Most recently, the firm has been developing smart, eco-friendly prototypes for cost-effective Laneway Suites in Toronto. Daniel was invited to present research and designs to an audience of professional planners, architects, and urban designers as part of the inaugural Spacing School of Urbanism seminar series. He regularly provides informational seminars on the ins-and-outs of Laneway Housing.

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Laneway Housing - Guest Speaker Presentation

  1. 1. ALL ABOUT LANEWAY HOUSING in TORONTO 416.504.0405 tabc.ca
  2. 2. Your Host this evening: Daniel Hall, O.A.A. The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc. - Licensed Architect - LEED AP (Green Building Expert) - Red Seal Carpenter Working to make great buildings since 1985
  3. 3. THE ARCHITECT BUILDERS COLLABORATIVE Fighting climate change with great green design ● Healthy, Beautiful Places ● Sound Economics ● Social Impact Daniel Salvador What’s Green Design mean?
  4. 4. We’ve been making small homes long before Laneway Housing came to town
  5. 5. LANEWAY HOUSING IS HERE!
  6. 6. INCOME PROPERTY STUDENT HOUSING MULTI-GENERATIONAL HOUSING AGING-IN-PLACE RETIREMENT PAD WHY BUILD A LANEWAY SUITE ?
  7. 7. Some of the questions we will cover this evening... ● How big (or small) can it be? ● Where can I build a LWH? ● What about parking? Bikes? ● How do we access the LWH? ● Is this a sound investment? ● How about Net Zero homes? ● How can I assess the potential of an investment property?
  8. 8. IF YOU ABUT A LANEWAY BY AT LEAST 3.5 m.... YOUR PROPERTY MAY BE SUITABLE! WHAT ARE THE RULES? A LOT OF PEOPLE ASK ABOUT GARDEN SUITES AND COACH HOUSES...
  9. 9. ACCESS FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED IN 2 WAYS: BUT, NOT EVERY LOT FITS THE RULES. ● 1 meter wide x 2.1m high passage beside your house, OR ● < 45m from a public street to the door of the Suite
  10. 10. BUT...Sometime you can share* Costs include… ● Surveys ● Reference Plan ● Ctte of Adjustment to create new easement (both houses pay $5,850) ● Register easement on title ● Legal fees ● Professional help to coordinate the process ● Budget +/- 20k in total
  11. 11. There are lots of laneways in Toronto! 300+ kilometres of lanes 49,000 properties
  12. 12. How many lots are really eligible?
  13. 13. SO, WHAT IS CONSIDERED A LANEWAY SUITE IN TORONTO? SUPERKUL.CATABC TABC TABC CROFT ST., Toronto occasionaltoronto.blogspot.com CROFT ST., Toronto lga.ap.com
  14. 14. LIMITS ON SIZE & SHAPE…….. 2-STOREY LANEWAY HOUSE
  15. 15. 1-STOREY LANEWAY HOUSE LIMITS ON SIZE & SHAPE……..
  16. 16. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE BACKYARD We tend to focus on the object more than the spaces it creates, On the House more than the Garden….
  17. 17. Beautiful, BUT….
  18. 18. NEED TO PROTECT OUR TREES ● Existing healthy trees cannot be injured or removed during construction ● Trees > 30 cm in diameter are protected under private tree by-laws ● You may not remove a tree to build a laneway house
  19. 19. WHAT’S ON THE ROOF?
  20. 20. What about parking? 1 or Zero... Your choice* 2+ Required
  21. 21. But my property is in a Heritage Conservation District….
  22. 22. DESIGN & ENGINEERING SERVICES CONSTRUCTION FURNITURE, FIXTURES, APPLIANCES %OFPROJECTCOST LAND HST Project Cost ≠ Construction Cost So, Let’s talk about money... CONTINGENCYPERMIT & FINANCE
  23. 23. What about Development Charges? Laneway Suites benefit from an indefinite deferral of DCs
  24. 24. 8.0% p.a.Return on Investment [ROI] = SO, IS THIS A GOOD $28,000 / yr $350,000 Rental Income - Expenses Capital Cost INVESTMENT? ● $350k project cost ● Low Maintenance costs ● $2,500 / month rent = $30,000 / yr - expenses 0%RISK=
  25. 25. Incentives for Affordable Housing
  26. 26. HOW DOES THIS ADD UP? ● $50k mortgage over 15 yr = $350/month payment ● Today’s rents are +/-$2000 for 1 bedroom in downtown ● Affordable housing capped at $1,270 for 1 bedroom ● $2,000 - ($1,270+$350) = $380 per month gap SO, THE CITY IS MEETING YOU HALFWAY
  27. 27. Complicated? Risky? It doesn’t have to be!
  28. 28. CUSTOM DESIGNED OFF THE RACK VS. BZACHCLOTHIER.COM SWWILSONCLOTHIERS.COM
  29. 29. READY-TO-BUILD DESIGNS THE ‘BUNGALANE’ THE LANEWAY COLLECTION
  30. 30. THE ‘BUNGALANE’ ● Perfect for Aging-in-place ● 1 Bedroom + Loft for Guest Bedroom ● Full bathroom with accessible walk-in shower ● Clerestory windows ● Minimum lot width: 18 ft.
  31. 31. READY-TO-BUILD DESIGNS THE ‘CLASSIC COACH HOUSE’ THE LANEWAY COLLECTION
  32. 32. THE ‘CLASSIC COACH HOUSE’ ● 1 Car Garage ● 1 or 2 Bedroom Options ● Open concept kitchen/living/dining ● Full bathroom with tub ● Minimum lot width: 16 ft. (1 Bedroom) ● Minimum lot width: 18 ft. (2 Bedroom)
  33. 33. READY-TO-BUILD DESIGNS THE ‘GARDEN COTTAGE’ THE LANEWAY COLLECTION
  34. 34. THE ‘GARDEN COTTAGE’ ● Perfect for young family or student living ● Master Bedroom + 1 Bedroom ● Open concept kitchen/living/dining ● Full bathroom with tub ● Minimum lot width: 16 ft.
  35. 35. READY-TO-BUILD DESIGNS THE ‘CLASSIC COACH HOUSE’ THE ‘BUNGALANE’ THE ‘GARDEN COTTAGE’ THE LANEWAY COLLECTION
  36. 36. DOES GREEN DESIGN COST MORE? DURABILITY & LONG TERM SAVING$ TORONTOROOFER.COM HOUSELOGIC.COM
  37. 37. ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN SAVES MONEY SOLVEST.COM
  38. 38. WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR DESIGNS?
  39. 39. Energy Model - Eco-Designer Report for Coach House - Code Minimum SB12 Annual Energy Use: 13,313 kWh WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR DESIGNS?
  40. 40. Solar Study - HelioScope Report for Coach House Annual Energy Production: 8,471 kWh
  41. 41. ‘ENERGY DEFICIT’ ● Demand = 13,313 kWh ● Solar PV = 8,417 kWh Shortfall = +/- 5,000 kWh SOLUTIONS ? WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR DESIGNS?
  42. 42. Green Design Upgrades ● Increase Insulation levels ● Reduce Thermal Bridging ● Detail for Airtightness ○ Test, test, & test ● Triple glazed Windows ● Efficient HVAC systems ● Rooftop Solar Array WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR DESIGNS?
  43. 43. Energy Model - Eco-Designer Report for Coach House - Net Zero Annual Electricity Use: 3,930 kWh Surplus of 4,487 kWh WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR DESIGNS?
  44. 44. WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT OUR DESIGNS? ● All our designs can be built 2 ways ● Conventionally in 4-5 months ● Factory built & installed on site in just 3-4 weeks
  45. 45. 1. LANEWAY SUITE SITE ASSESSMENT - Is a laneway suite viable? A LANEWAY HOUSE in 7 SIMPLE STEPS - What you should consider - $450 investment ● Abuts a public lane ● Access for Fire-fighters ● Protected Trees ● 16’ + lot width ● 50’ + rear yard ● Ease of servicing ● Access for building ● Parking needs
  46. 46. 2. CHOOSE WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU WHYDOYOUWANTA LANEWAYHOUSE? The‘Classic CoachHouse’ The‘Garden Cottage’ The ‘Bungalane’ NO YES Parking? Aging-in- Place? YES NO YES NO CUSTOM DESIGN (skip Step #3) Is your lot 16’ - 24’ Wide? NO2 Storey? YES
  47. 47. 3. FIT IT TO YOUR LOT We can take it in or let it out a little to suit your lot.
  48. 48. 4. CHOOSE FROM OUR CURATED INTERIOR & EXTERIOR FINISH PACKAGES
  49. 49. 5. OBTAIN BUILDING PERMITS AS OF RIGHT DESIGNS Our laneway suites comply with the City of Toronto Zoning By- law and only require a building permit. Committee of Adjustment Application not necessary! BEST GREEN PRACTICES Detailed drawings stamped by Architect & Engineers Made to help you get your permit quicker!
  50. 50. 6. STICK-BUILD or MODULAR?
  51. 51. Just remember to invite us to the party! ENJOY YOUR BEAUTIFUL NEW LANEWAY HOUSE 7.
  52. 52. A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MODULAR OR PRE-FAB HOUSES….. IT’S NOT YOUR UNCLE’S TRAILER PARK
  53. 53. MODULAR BUILDINGS CAN BE SO MUCH MORE
  54. 54. ● Modern design ● High quality ● Energy efficient ● Healthy & Airtight ● Durable materials ● CSA certified ● LEED v4 certified
  55. 55. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A 6-PLEX?
  56. 56. ● Predictable quality & schedule ● Quick installation ● Less hassle for the neighbours A SOUND INVESTMENT MODULAR BUILDING + LANEWAY HOUSES
  57. 57. TOGETHER, WE WILL TRANSFORM TORONTO’S LANEWAYS + CREATE MORE HOUSING
  58. 58. WHERE DO I START? We can help you to determine: ● Is your property eligible for a laneway suite? ● How much and what can you build? ● How hard it will be to service? ● Approximate project costs with a $450 (plus HST) Laneway Suite Site Assessment only $250 (tax incl) for Volition Referrals A BONUS FOR COMING TONIGHT
  59. 59. More information: ➢tabc.ca/laneways ➢daniel@tabc.ca ➢416.504.0405 Questions?

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