In general, the cost of building a garage suite starts in the $170,000s and can easily go up to $300,000 or more. Exact pricing for a new garage suite will vary depending on a number of factors such as living space square footage, level of customization and lot construction challenges to name a few. Carriage homes are more affordable than backyard suites, as they are built on ground-level and do not require as much lumber and other materials to build.
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. To build larger than that, we will need to apply for a relaxation permit with the city on your behalf, although there is no guarantee that it will be approved.
We provide an all-inclusive service for our clients, taking care of everything from demo and haul to design to permits to construction to new home warranty and completion — 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.
In early 2022, Enmax changed its rules on power pole clearances. Therefore, if you do have a power pole on your side of the alley you may or may not be required to replace it in order to meet the new clearances set by Enmax and the City of Calgary.
Aren’t sure if you can afford to replace a power pole? We will be happy to take a look at your lot in person and let you know what your options are!
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 5 months depending on existing site conditions and current weather conditions. Total time to build your garage suite can take anywhere from 10 to 14 months.
We are committed to providing clients with fixed prices so that they are confident building their garage suite project with us. This also helps you to apply for a loan with a mortgage broker as a fixed amount is more handy during the evaluation process.
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.
No, we currently do not offer financial services for potential clients. However, we do have a handful of mortgage brokers as close contacts who can help you acquire a loan for your garage suite project. Ask us, and we will be happy to introduce you!