Laneway Suite of the Week: How two neighbours at Main and Gerrard built a row of new rentals
This unit comes with two storeys, a designer kitchen and a view of the park
In October 2020, George Emerson bought two side-by-side semis on Gerrard East, just south of the Danforth GO station. They were both three-unit homes with big backyards facing a laneway that overlooked Norwood Park. Emerson’s vision was clear: build two parkside laneway suites—inspired by London’s famous mews—to rent out.
When he contacted his neighbours about his venture, one of them, Jon Braun, was also jazzed about creating a suite of his own. He had a detached house next door: the perfect site for a third unit.
The two enlisted Lanescape as architects alongside interior designer Carolina Murialdo and builder Maxwell Contracting. Emerson’s units would be roughly 1,500 square feet, each with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms; Braun’s would be slightly smaller: 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.
Construction began in June 2022 and was completed this past fall. One of Emerson’s homes has already been rented out for $5,495 a month.
This three-bedroom unit faces Norwood Park. Its foyer comes with a coat closet and a space-saving pocket door leading to the laundry room.
Here’s that laundry room as well as the staircase leading to the second floor.
All three bedrooms are on the main floor. The first one, just next to the foyer, is currently set up as an office. Its horizontal windows have been placed higher up for privacy. The wide-plank flooring is heated and can be found throughout.
Down the hall is the main bedroom, equipped with a wide sliding-door closet.
An opposite angle offers a peek into the ensuite bathroom.
Here’s that ensuite. It has penny-tile flooring and a glass walk-in shower with a ceiling-mounted rainfall head.
Now the third bedroom, with a sliding-door exit to the courtyard leading to the main house.
This view highlights the wall of mirrors that conceals the closet.
There’s also a second, shared bathroom on the main floor. Note the large-panel porcelain tiles.
Upstairs is the open-concept kitchen, living and dining space.
The dining area’s balcony overlooks the courtyard.
The living area, meanwhile, faces the park.
At last, the kitchen: a three-seat island, plenty of storage, a new fridge and a gas cooktop.
The counters are Caesarstone.
Those stairs lead to the roof.
There’s also a powder room on the second floor. It comes with herringbone-tiled walls and funky flooring.
Finally, a look at the exterior facing the courtyard, fashioned with red-brick detailing, composite-wood accents and matte-black metal cladding.
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