Montrose House

Montrose House

Montrose House

Montrose House

Montrose House

Montrose House

Montrose House is a single-family residence at the north border of the Palmerston - Little Italy district of Toronto. The house takes advantage of the Laneway Suite ordinance in Toronto which allows a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse or other low-rise house. As required, the house is located in the back yard next to a public laneway, smaller in size and completely detached from the main house on the lot. The ordinance provides new rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, contributing to a wider range of housing options in this city facing a housing shortage. The 710 gross square foot dwelling rises 21 feet with access to a planted roof. The design features skewed front and rear walls to enable a protected entry on the laneway side and a tilt towards the sun for the solar panels mounted on the backyard wall. The two bedroom house with its distinctive skewed geometry is finished with a metallic stucco and full height, triangular aluminum framed triple glazed walls.