Round-the-clock need for triple-duty space
Aug 01 2020

It was three years ago that the City of Toronto set out to study the ways condo own­ers “hack” their units to make liv­ing in tight quar­ters work for fam­i­lies.

The idea be­hind the pro­ject, called Grow­ing Up, was to de­velop guide­lines for in­te­grat­ing fam­ily- suit­able de­sign into new multi-unit res­i­den­tial projects. As the study rolled out, the city’s plan­ning divi­sion vis­ited fam­i­lies across the GTA for first­hand ac­counts of rais­ing chil­dren in condo units rang­ing from 635 to 1,400 square feet. The work-from-home find­ings it un­earthed now seem like an­cient his­tory.

Of the nine anonymous house­holds it con­sulted, only two made men­tion of work­ing from home, and only one had ded­i­cated home of­fice space. For the most part, dens were used not as of­fices but as bedrooms for chil­dren.

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