Michael Kluckner has been observing an interesting change in his east-side neighbourhood:
It is the conversion/modernization of one of the ubiquitous single-storey stucco “starter houses” – the little ones with the hipped roofs – that are so common all over East Van and in areas like Marpole and, even, Dunbar. Usually when they’re sold there’s a complete demolition, new foundation and a big Contemporary Builder/Monster House put onto the lot. But this is different:
It kept the foundation, concrete front steps and main floor framing, then added a modern treatment of a traditional century-old house, fitting in well with Parker Street in Grandview. The contractor’s website talks about low energy, low impact design.
The other interesting part is the speed with which they worked – the project began in mid-July and there are already people living in it. I don’t know about costs, but it must be considerably cheaper than building from scratch.
Also, from the Toronto Star: Can living in laneways fix Toronto’s density issues?