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Tag: Laneway Housing

By: Francesca MacKinnon | March 17, 2021

In Conversation with Elevation Architects

Curious about R-Suite laneway designers? R-Hauz works with different architects to bring you a variety of homes to suit your aesthetic. Each of our laneway suites is created with a property in mind. We sat down with Julia, co-founder of Elevation Architects, to chat about what inspires her, and how the Elevation Laneway Suite came to be. So let’s start with a bit of background about you Julia, and how you started Elevation Architects? Julia Bourque: My partner Maxine and I were neighbours back in 1992, when we shared two sides of a semi. Our children were within three months...

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By: R-Hauz Team | August 4, 2020

Laneway Suite Checklist: Is My Property Eligible?

If you are contemplating a laneway suite, there are a number of by-law requirements that must be considered in order to be eligible. At R-Hauz, all of our laneway suite models are designed to comply with the existing zoning regulations. By choosing one of the designs in our series of as-of-right models, you eliminate the risk of a custom design not meeting City approval. This way, you can be assured there will be no delays in the planning process, and no waiting for Committee of Adjustment hearings. Our custom designed solutions are built to provide you with functional, beautiful designs,...

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By: Michael Barker | June 23, 2020

Methods of Construction: How We Build Better

We talk about our way of building often, but what processes make it so special really? If you are like me (a newbie in construction), you may be a bit lost.. CLT, Mass Timber, BIM… huh – google – help?! While it may sound complex, the way we build actually adds great value to our products in terms of quality, sustainability, comfort and speed. So we set out to simplify it for you. We sat down with one of founders and head builder, Michael Barker, to give you the lay of the land as it pertains to construction at R-Hauz....

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By: R-Hauz Team | May 28, 2020

Laneway Home Basics: Emergency Access for Laneway Suites

Emergency access regulations are perhaps the least known of the criteria in the process of permit issuance for your new laneway suite. R-Hauz will do the legwork to sort this for you as part of the services included in the selection process of one of our laneway suites. We will provide you an assessment of your desired R-Hauz lane home sited on your lot. We do not charge a fee for this assessment – it is part of our conversation with you as you make this important choice. The situation: You are contemplating the purchase of a laneway suite for...

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By: Leith Moore | May 22, 2020

The Future Reimagined: A New Opportunity For Senior Living

A new reality is upon us, and with it comes a new outlook on the way we were living. Sheltering in place is a term that is now burned into our thoughts. For many families, this is particularly evident with respect to our parents. How best to care for their housing needs in the current and post COVID-19 world? Perhaps it can serve as a wake up call to build better for our most vulnerable. We need to fix a system that is clearly overburdened, for them and for our future selves. We would love to have our parents cared...

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By: Will Baigent | May 1, 2020

A Research Series: Switching Lanes

The aim of R-Hauz is to create products that contribute to developing a healthier and more sustainable city. We believe that a consistent lack of research in the building industry has created barriers to innovation in construction. More specifically, academic literature linking laneway housing, or other secondary suites, to sustainable development also appears to be widely missing. Will Baigent, Sustainability and Value Engineering Coordinator at Footprint Engineering , completed his Master Thesis in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University (Sweden). In sharing findings from his thesis titled, “Switching lanes: The Potential of laneway housing in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto,...

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By: Leith Moore | April 1, 2020

The Laneway: Creating Missing Middle Density In Toronto

Discussions in Toronto surrounding solutions to increase the supply of missing middle housing have been intensifying over the past two years. In an ever more expensive market with ever decreasing rental vacancies the low density neighbourhoods known in urban planning circles as the Yellow Belt (quite naturally as the City Zoning Maps for low density neighbourhoods is yellow) have come under scrutiny as a fertile ground for increased “gentle” densification. The need for more rental housing supply is not in question. The challenge – when we come out of our COVID-19 shutdown – is creating cost effective and community supported rental housing in our lower...

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