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Mini House in east-end Toronto among modern homes on self-guided tour

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TORONTO - It's possible, with enough imagination, to build an interesting house on a small lot. The proof can be seen on a tour of architecturally progressive Toronto homes that include a 53-square-metre dwelling called Mini House and an energy-efficient three-storey home built on a former driveway.

The self-guided 2014 Toronto Modern Home Tour on June 7 highlights some of the city's "most amazing" dwellings designed by local architects, organizers say.

The fully detached Mini House, occupying a four-metre-wide east-end lot, was created by LineBox Studio Inc. in an industrial esthetic and as an alternative to loft living. Built on a very tight budget, it is said to feel open and spacious.

The 101-square-metre Driveway House, built by Spaces By Rohan Inc. out of black concrete blocks on a 3.6-metre-wide lot, has two bedrooms, two baths and a roof-top cedar deck.

Other properties on the tour include artist Charles Pachter's home, studio and galleries in Chinatown; a new three-storey, single-family house on a narrow downtown Victorian lot; and a two-storey brick and stucco dwelling known as "Linear House" on a six-metre-wide lot.

Tour details are at http://modernhometours.com/event/toronto.

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