Toronto Laneway House Guidelines.

Whether you want to build your own laneway home, buy a lot to build a laneway home in or buy a laneway home, we can help. Details can be confusing, especially if you’ve started researching soon after the new laneway home by-law has been approved. Let 21 Inc help you on your quest to building or buying the perfect laneway home for you.

Laneway House Guidelines

As a reputable company, we have years of experience in the development of residential areas. Trust us to be your reliable partner in finding or building your very own laneway home. Here, we take a closer look at the things you should keep in mind before beginning the process.

Finding the Perfect Laneway Home

You likely already have a good idea of what the laneway house of your dreams will be like. Hopefully, you have considered where it will be located, whether it includes a carport or garage and how private is it. These are but a few things you should keep in mind before buying just any laneway home. Remember, 21 Inc can also build custom laneway homes should you prefer to buy a lot.

Cost of Buying a Laneway Home

You need to have a very good idea of what your budget looks like and what you can afford when buying a laneway home. As the by-law is still fairly new, there are not a lot of options out there. The cost of buying a laneway home can be anything beyond $100,000. This all depends on the size, area, and amenities so be sure to do your homework first.

What to Look for in a Laneway Home

The City of Toronto has stipulated several key performance standards that all laneway homes built in Toronto must adhere to. Be sure to check that the laneway house you are interested in buying adheres to these requirements. The house must be built using green principles and have a green roof. High-quality materials must also be used during construction.

21 Inc is Your Best Bet

While buying a laneway house may seem more convenient, building one on a lot can be more fulfilling. This provides you with the opportunity to create a space that is your own and is custom built with your inputs. Here’s why you should consider building instead:

Abides by Performance Standards

While simply buying a laneway home might seem like a plausible option, you will have to ensure that the building is still in line with the City of Toronto’s performance standards, design specifications, and other special requirements. When 21 Inc builds your laneway home, we take care of all that on your behalf!

Floor Plans that are Approved

Simply settling in might be easy, but the floor plans might not be perfect when you buy a home. Trust 21 Inc to get your floor plans done according to your preferences and the requirements as set forth by the City of Toronto. We’ll ensure that everything is in line with specific industry standards.

Quality Designs

While you can still decide on which laneway house you want to buy, it would be built and designed beforehand with little to no room for customisation. If you decide to buy a plot and build your own, 21 Inc will draw up beautiful designs of the highest quality, all in line with performance standards.

A Laneway Home of Your Own

There’s no place like home. At 21 Inc we do custom build work to ensure our clients get the home they’ve always dreamed of. Not to mention it will be approved and adhere to specific requirements.

Call Us Today

Give us a call and one of our dedicated team members will provide you with further information regarding your future laneway home.

Trust 21 Inc With Your Laneway Home Project

Who better to trust than a team of professionals when it comes to acquiring a place you can call home?

  • Professional Team

    We are a team of professionals who are tailored to providing our clients with high-quality services. Every aspect of the project will be taken care of by experienced and highly skilled architects, designers and contractors.

  • Minimal Impact

    Our team will ensure that there is very little impact on the surrounding neighbourhood. All structures are constructed off-site and assembled on-site. The assembly alone will only take up to 8 hours.

  • Getting Things Done

    You can trust 21 Inc to get the job done professionally and efficiently. We believe that every client deserves to get their project completed within the predetermined framework. Our process will take less than half the time of the construction of a regular home.

How we do it

At 21 Inc, we follow due processes to ensure everything is taken care of professionally and efficiently.

Initial Inspection

Once you have contacted our offices, a dedicated consultant will be in touch to set up your first appointment. The first appointment will include inspection of the lot to ensure it complies with the City of Toronto’s performance standards and requirements.


If we have found the space to be adequate, we will then move along to an official consultation. Here, one of our team members will discuss pre-approved plans and design as well as the layout requirements of your dream home.

Floor Plan and Design

After the consultation, we will draw and design the floor plan. This includes other design and furnishing elements for a comprehensive quotation. If you are happy with everything provided and prescribed, we can start building!

Building the House

By this point, we have an approved floor plan that fits with the City of Toronto’s prerequisites and specifications. Now we can start the construction on your prefab laneway home. This is completed off-site which ensures minimal impact to the environment.

Structure Delivery and Assembly

Once the construction is completed, we’ll set up a date to deliver and assemble your new home. The process will only take one working day. You will be able to move in on the same day. We take every precaution to ensure the assembly process goes smoothly and swiftly, with minimal inconvenience to you.


Congratulations! By the end of the day, you will be the proud new owner of a laneway home. As mentioned, the assembly can take up to 8 hours. Once complete, you can move into your specially designed and approved laneway home.