Collection by Erika Heet

Toronto's Mini House

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Squeezed into a 14-foot-wide lot along a Toronto street originally developed for worker housing in the 1880s is fingerprint technician and musician Patrick Flynn’s 566-square-foot house by Linebox Studio. Now defined by a multitude of architectural styles, the street’s character has changed but the tiny lot sizes, resulting in homes that measure between 300 and 500 square feet, have remained. Flynn’s home—considered large by its surrounding standards—was conceptualized by Andrew Reeves, principal at Linebox, in close concert with the owner, a true minimalist who owns only a handful of T-shirts and sleeps on a yoga mat on an upstairs perch in the home. “What I hoped to really get at was a simple, industrial house with no ornamentation—very small and not excessive,” says Flynn. The resulting double-height structure, clad in concrete and Galvalume, “is totally green by scale,” says Reeves, who has dedicated a blog to the project. “It’s rare to be able to design a space around someone willing to go that stripped down and minimalist, with very raw materials.”

The house reaches above the neighboring homes but remains architecturally united; its windows reference those of the...
The lot, which extends back 40 feet, formerly held a home that had become a meth lab and was razed, so the owner and...
Despite construction delays resulting from a strike by city workers that extended the variance and permit process, due...
Prior to construction, the architect studied light patterns and views for the most efficient and private window...
Reeves incorporated a slight pitch into the roof, which plays off of that of the neighboring houses.
“The back of the house is fully glazed,” says Reeves, who says the liberal use of glass at the rear elevation allows...
Reeves incorporated a sort of architectural refrain in the openings at the roof’s apex, which create interesting...
Just inside the entrance is a small work area and a highly efficient kitchen with a two-burner induction stove on a...
Near the floor-to-ceiling glass door to the backyard is a clean-burning ethanol fireplace to supplement the...
A concrete pathway leads to the steel stairway to the sleeping loft, beneath which is a decorative “garden” of rocks...
Skylights punctuate the ceiling above the loft, bringing in more indirect light.
The exterior design stayed true to its original incarnation, as envisioned in the architect’s 3-D rendering.
C:\LineBox\Projects\30-Kenwood\Kenwood-Prelim Model...
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