Coach houses are in the approval process in Ottawa under proposed new zoning bylaws – are you ready to make your dream of backyard living a reality?
Whether you want to downsize to a cozy home at the back of your own property or want to rent out a coach house to generate extra income – we can help.
Coach houses – also known as carriage houses, laneway houses, even called Fonzie suites in some places – are small, detached units located on existing lots. They may be converted sheds or garages, or they may be purpose-built. Essentially, they are external apartments with a permanent foundation.
Coach houses are an innovative housing option aiming to diversify the makeup of neighbourhoods, broadening the population base in terms of income levels and age demographics. For example, you could continue to live in the main house while staying close to your elderly parents who occupy a brand new, fully outfitted coach house. You could rent out the coach house to a young professional or student attending Carleton University, Algonquin College, or the University of Ottawa.
If you are looking to downsize, you can rent out the main house to cover the mortgage and live a cozy life in the coach house designed to your exact specifications. This option is especially appealing for homeowners who want to maximize their rental income for purposes like paying off the mortgage, investing in retirement savings, building an education fund, or want extra “fun money” for vacations.
Building a Coach House in Ottawa
New to Ottawa, coach houses will come with many restrictions. This is why it is important to work with an experienced, licensed, insured contractor, not the lowest bidder. The last thing you want to do is invest in a coach house only to discover that it doesn’t conform to the legal requirements regarding footprint, setbacks, access, and even design. And of course, once approval is finalized, any coach house must conform to Ontario Building Code provisions.
Even though a coach house covers a small footprint, it still has advanced utility needs. This is certainly not a DIY project or a job that should be handed to an unqualified jack-of-all-trades contractor. Whether building a structure from scratch or retrofitting a garage or shed, the coach house will require electricity, gas, water, and sewer/septic services installed with attention to detail and safety by qualified professionals. Furthermore to maximize the rental income and/or desirability of the space, all aspects of the design and construction must be handled with care.
You deserve a state-of-the-art coach house built by the professionals. Trust RenosGroup.ca to build your coach house right and enhance the value of your property while staying true to the character of the main home.
Contact us today for your free in-home consultation, and discover why RenosGroup.ca is Ottawa’s favourite choice for coach house conversion or construction..