Former garages turned into attractive small homes in Hamilton’s laneways are being encouraged by Hamilton’s new zoning laws.

They are tiny by “normal” standards with an average of 550 square feet of space. In Vancouver which has been facing a housing shortage laneway housing has become a welcome source of rental housing. Here in Hamilton they are becoming more popular although our fractured zoning bylaws have slowed things down.

Laneway houses are also called secondary units in some cities. They can be used as granny-flats or rented out. They are typically facing the laneway to afford privacy to the tenants and the residents of the main house.

Most are the size of a one bedroom apartment and often have a small garage attached. I’m including links to several articles for those who want more information including a How To Guide from the City of Vancouver.


Articles about Hamilton’s progress on zoning for Laneway Housing

City close to changing laws to encourage laneway homes in lower Hamilton

Hamilton on the road to laneway housing

Tiny houses a solution to homelessness in Hamilton, Ontario


Articles about projects in Toronto and Vancouver

Laneway Suites

Policy on laneway housing in Toronto clears important hurdle

Vancouver’s laneway love-in: Little homes, big success

LaneFab’s little Vancouver laneway houses are pretty fab