Cost for garage + loft with washroom

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Posted by: from Toronto
3/27/2016 at 10:21:35 AM

I live in a semi-detached home in the upper beaches. I have a 2 car parking spot in the back accessible via a laneway. I am looking to see if I can build a garage + a room on top of the garage with a washroom for more space.

Does anyone know if this is something that can be done (will City of Toronto allow such builds) and the approx cost to build?

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Sebastian from Direct Painting in Markham
Date/Time3/27/2016 at 11:45:52 AM

I am just a painter but one year ago I painted a garage in a lane way on Ontario St in Toronto. The customer said they got a permit to build a garage with a one bedroom & den with its own entrance & detached from the house.

Call city and ask. I was shocked. That adds tremendous value.


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Date/Time3/27/2016 at 12:45:20 PM

Ask the local building department. It will probably cost between 50k and 80k.

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Date/Time3/28/2016 at 3:36:25 PM

Hi Jay,

What youre describing is what we call a "Laneway Home". Vancouver City Council started allowing them about ten years ago. It's entirely possible Toronto will adopt a similar policy.

Do your research. These little homes are very popular for homeowners and for renters. If you were to build one here the price ranges from $200,000 to $300,000.

Good luck with your project.

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Donald from KCMC Inc in Burlington
Date/Time3/29/2016 at 10:09:04 AM

Dear Jay,

Regarding your garage project you will first need to speak to planning department at the City Hall and confirm that you have the correct setbacks and lot coverage.

If the City planning find all conforming then you should budget $80,000.00 for the project.


Don Curran

Kaeley CMC inc

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L. in Toronto
Date/Time4/18/2016 at 8:30:18 PM

Wow! Lucky you.

I had a studio space built above the garage: had to go through hoops for years.

There was plumbing prior to the conversion, but my "neighbours" expressed concerns to the Committee of Adjustment re: habitable space. The plumbing had to be removed.

Window restrictions were also imposed.

The quote for the project was $48,000 but that didn't include outside cladding, electricity, flooring or windows, or finishing.

To date it's still not completed. Costs are over $70,000 so far.

AND my property tax went up!

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