In general, the cost of building a garage suite starts in the mid $100,000s and can easily go up to $250,000 or more. Exact pricing for a new garage suite will vary depending on a number of factors such as level of customization and lot construction challenges to name a few.
Yes, you do! We build secondary suite add-ons to your home’s existing structure as well as at-grade carriage houses, both of which are great alternatives to explore if you’re unable to build a garage suite.
The maximum allowable size of a garage suite building cover is 75 square metres, or about 804 square feet at-grade (per floor, if you will). Depending on your suite configuration, you could very well have much more than 804 square feet of living space.
#1 – Free site evaluation – #2 – Preliminary discussion and iterations on design / features – #3 – Proposal phase – #4 – Conceptual drawing – #5 – Development permit – #6 – Building permit – #7 – Construction consultation – #8 – Construction – #9 – Project walkthrough and completion phase — Learn more details about each step of our process here.
For the development permit, you are looking at a wait time of more than 3 months. For the building permit, it takes over 2 weeks. So, your total permitting process should be just shy of around 4 months.
We offer standard suite floorplans to give you an idea of what these units look like inside and out. However, we understand every property is different, therefore customization is always offered and / or required for each garage suite project we build.
Apart from the permitting process, building your garage suite will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on existing site conditions and current weather conditions. Total time to build your garage suite can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months.
A garage suite – also known as a “backyard suite” by the City of Calgary – is a second detached residence located behind or beside a primary residence. They also are referred to as laneway houses, carriage houses, or sometimes garden suites.
No. Every garage suite needs a new foundation due to engineering and bylaw requirements. Thankfully, the added cost of demolishing your existing garage and building a new one to accommodate a garage suite is still affordable with the packages we have to offer.