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This Toronto Laneway House is Small Space Living at Its Finest

Who needs a cavernous pad — all that tedious dusting — when a petite pied-à-terre does the trick? This modest laneway dwelling, fashioned by Otty Design & Build’s Alisha Sturino and business partner Steve Hajsan, clocks in at 320 square feet — and every inch is functional. The residence is equipped with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, a bedroom zone, a dining area, a wee office, a knockout bathroom and three — yes, three — skylights.

The minimal two-storey building also has a garage and a storage area that’s not part of the laneway unit. Alisha lives in the main house with her husband and built the cutie backpiece as a place to host friends and family. “I can hold meetings there or convert it into a studio in the future,” says Alisha. She says she kept the design  “simple and modern” down to the facade, which is a mix of brick and rippled steel siding. Check out the shipshape space while watching the home tour— and keep reading to find out why she calls her house “Alley Cat.”

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