LANEWAY SUITES: A new housing typology for Toronto

By Lanescape & Evergreen | 26 May 2017 The purpose of this report is to: Provide rationale for the introduction of laneway suites and detached secondary suites Address previous and current concerns around laneway housing Provide a set of recommended performance and technical standards for laneway suites Illustrate the community consultation process and summarize the … Read more

Detached Accessory Dwelling Units – Who benefits and who pays?

By Ashley Salvador | University of Waterloo | November 11, 2020 Cities across North America are facing unprecedented challenges related to housing affordability, climate resilience and economic sustainability. In many cities, infill housing policies are being adopted in response to these issues. This research focuses on one particular type of infill housing – Detached Accessory … Read more

Backyards: Way Forward Assessing the potential for detached secondary suites in Toronto

Kelsey Carriere | University of Toronto | April 1, 2017 | As the Greater Toronto Area struggles to accommodate over 100,000 new residents every year, and house prices continue to soar, how can we maintain an adequate supply of rental units? The success of Toronto’s 1999 Secondary Suites bylaw, with secondary apartments now making up … Read more

Accessory Dwelling Unit (Seattle)

Nathan Torgelson, Director | City of Seattle | Sept. 20, 2020 | An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a separate living space within a house or on the same property as an existing house. These units are not legal unless they have been established through a permit process. A legally permitted unit in the home … Read more

Backyard Suites – How To Guide (Calgary)

City of Calgary | Jan. 15, 2019 | What is a backyard suite?A backyard suite is a second residence that is in a building located behind or beside the primary residence. They are sometimes referred to as laneway houses, carriage houses, garden suites or garage suites. Why support backyard suites?Backyard suites provide flexibility and choice … Read more

What to know about ADUs in Los Angeles

By Elijah Chiland  | May 29, 2018 | Amid a profound housing shortage that’s driving up rents and property values statewide, California officials and real estate experts are looking to an often overlooked form of housing as a potential solution: the in-law unit. Thousands of Angelenos already live in back houses and granny flats (officially called “accessory dwelling … Read more