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The 'Driveway House' fits an odd Toronto lot

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The ‘Driveway House,’ by architect Rohan Walters, was built on a 10-by-37-foot lot near College and Landsdowne.

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Thinking of ‘flexible housing, social relevance [and] changing demographics,’ Mr. Walters designed the home to be barrier-free on the ground floor: ‘That’s a principle that is timeless.’

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The living room open to the sidewalk.

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Rusty Cor-Ten steel frames a svelte, dark-tinted cinderblock box punctuated by two sets of French doors.

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First floor bathroom. The mechanical ‘guts' of the home are behind the sliding panels: radiant floor system, boiler, HRV, electrical panel, and a washer/dryer combo unit.

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Threshold-free, the bathroom floor slopes at a 1.25 degree angle for drainage, with plenty of room for a wheelchair to turn around.

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Main floor living room. Plywood hides behind every inch of drywall on the ground floor so, if needed, pull-bars and drop-tables can be attached in future (his current tenant does not use a wheelchair). Reinforcing the walls this way, says Mr. Walters, means the ground floor could easily adapt to a new use, such as an art gallery.

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First floor bathroom. Ceiling detail. Inside, raw wood rules: Ceiling joists, window casings and staircases have all been left bare. Open wood, explains Mr. Walters, regulates humidity, and softens the somewhat harsh LED lighting used throughout.

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The second floor consists of a dressing area, another bathroom and the master bedroom.

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Instead of enclosing it with walls, the stairwell has been glassed in ‘so that you don’t think you’re in a small space.’

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Nine-foot ceilings help enlarge the second floor.

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Second floor stairs to third floor.

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The third floor, with its seven-foot ceiling height, would make for a lovely office or child’s bedroom. Throughout, industrial cable ‘raceways’ hanging from the ceiling carry electrical lines and double as storage for shoes and other small items.

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View from the deck

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