Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.

The prior home, once used as a meth lab, was demolished, and Mini House was built in its stead.  The narrow house, referred to as Mini House, was built on a 14′ x 70′ lot.

Mini House was designed by LineBox Studio with a loft-like layout, 17-foot ceilings, and simple materials: concrete floors, metal stairs, concrete block walls, painted white walls, no baseboards, and exposed plumbing and electrical.

The cost of construction was $210,000, while the total project cost, including land, soft costs, lawyer fees, city fees, city services, etc, was about $385,000, according to The Globe and Mail.

Credits: Arnal Photography; noticed a MoCo Loco.


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  • Anonymous

    This is a really cool project but 210k is expensive for how minimal it is.

  • MrSteve007

    I have to agree with the other comment – it’s a neat home, but at $371 per square foot for basic construction costs – I hope it has a lot of gold inlay and detailed hand craftsmanship. All I see in the pictures are blank walls, minimally polished floors and rusted welds on the end of the hand railing.

    Frankly, it looks pretty shoddy on the inside.

  • Anonymous

    My same comments made on R | One Studio Architecture’s blog about the same topic. Thanks for being willing to mention this. We all agree the design is nice. Fine. But I was just reading another article in another eco magazine and the same issue came up. Wake up people building green or building small will never catch on at these prices. We can never dismiss economics from the equation.

  • Anonymous

    welcome to Toronto’s insane cost of living. I agree, it’s nice, but it’s overpaid. There’s little that can be done about that, shy of finding a shitty contractor that will underbid but also risk not doing a good job.

    We looked at moving to toronto, and opted against it cause it’s just way too costly. I’d prefer the ability to save up and retire at some point before turning 95!

  • Kvhpkh

    How’s come the minimalist’s house comes at a maximist’s price?
     

  • Kvhpkh

    How’s come the minimalist’s house comes at a maximist’s price?
     

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