Making Things Work When Living In Vertical Communities

Lindsay and Ian Goodtimes live with their two daughters at the Artscape Triangle Lofts in the Queen West neighborhood. The building is subsidized by non-profits so that there will be affordable housing for artists. Ian and Lindsay belong to the 32% of families that live in mid to high rise buildings. However, for the Goodtimes family, as small as the condo is, it is home.

Making things work in a small 730 square feet condominium requires a little construction and creativity. Everyone gets a Goodbye/Goodwill bin in the hall where they can put miscellaneous stuff that they no longer need like hats or scarves. When the bin is full, the contents have to be given away because it has not place in the small condo.

Making everyone comfortable in the condo needs some form of DIY construction skills. With the help of a friends, Ian was able to build a room for his two little girls. The room is five by six feet and contains a toddler bed at the bottom bunk and a crib at the top bunk. The special crib that has a door at its side (made in the US) allowed the parents to easily get their small daughter. There is just enough space for the kids but in spite of the space limitations, the family has no choice because it is the only option to be able to live in Toronto.

More and more Torontonians have to make do with the small space they call home. The Toronto City Planning Division has embarked on a study on how to make it easier for families to raise kids in condos and apartments. The study is called Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities. Once the study has been completed it will provide insight on unit size, layout and building amenities to guide new condo developments.

The demand for condos in Pattaya is increasing significantly because the prices are affordable. If you are looking for a condo to live in or rent out to visitors, your best option is Seaboard Properties that can find the most ideal condo that will suit your needs.

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