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600 Square Foot Garage Transformed into a Space-Savvy One-Bedroom Dwelling

For many classic homes in the city of Toronto, the idea of a laneway suite is one that adds new usable space and value to existing buildings. It is in the neighborhood of Beaconsfield village that one finds another of these delightful additions; but with a space-savvy contemporary twist that puts many other modern homes to shame! Transforming a 600-square-foot garage into a fabulous two-story, one-bedroom laneway suite, Creative Union Network utilized the space inside home to fullest while also ensuring that the interior feels cheerful, relaxing and contemporary.

Street view of the laneway house in Toronto with space-savvy design
Street view of the laneway house in Toronto with space-savvy design

The transformation process was carefully planned to balance what the homeowners wanted with what was possible within the building constraints of the laneway suite. It is these two criteria that led to the orientation of the home and its façade. N the inside one finds a color palette that is distinctively neutral with white shaping the backdrop almost entirely. Wooden walls and staircase provide visual balance while colorful décor pieces, standout visually thanks to the monochromatic backdrop.

Couch in green along with decor adds pops of of color to the living area
Couch in green along with decor adds pops of color to the living area
Little barn laneway suite with clever, space-conscious design
Little barn laneway suite with clever, space-conscious design
Modern, space-conscious kitchen in white inside small laneway house
Modern, space-conscious kitchen in white inside small laneway house
Space-savvy interior design of the home with white and wood shaping the backdrop
Space-savvy interior design of the home with white and wood shaping the backdrop
Storage and shelf space under the staircase
Storage and shelf space under the staircase
Woodsy staircase leads to the gorgeous upper level with bedrooms
Woodsy staircase leads to the gorgeous upper level with bedrooms

With ideas like the shelf and storage area under the staircase and smart shelving that reduces overall visual clutter, this laneway suite is definitely one-of-a-kind. The wooden garage door on the lower level and the window on the upper level were replaced with glass doors to ensure that the façade still remains unaltered while adapting to the new functionality.

Modern minimal bedroom in white on the upper level of the home
Modern minimal bedroom in white on the upper level of the home
Small niche next to the bed inside the modern bedroom with space for a book and bed lamp
Small niche next to the bed inside the modern bedroom with space for a book and bed lamp
Glass window and skylight bring ample natural light into the bedroom on the upper level
Glass window and skylight bring ample natural light into the bedroom on the upper level
Image of the Little barn laneway suite before its makeover into a modern home
Image of the Little barn laneway suite before its makeover into a modern home

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