If you have a detached house in Edmonton, you can build a garage or a garden suite. These are extensions that are included in the home and act as housing options. So what are these two suites?
A garden suite is a self-contained dwelling that is also called a granny flat. Usually, it will not have a basement and will be installed in the rear or the side of an existing permanent single detached house. The garden suite will have a separate sleeping, cooking and bathroom amenities. On the other hand, a garage suite is a dwelling that can be installed in the rear, the side, or even above a detached garage. It is also an accessory to a permanent single detached house. The garage suite will also have separate sleeping, bathroom and cooking facilities. Also, the garage suite can have an entrance directly from the garage exterior, separate from the entrance of the vehicle to the garage. It may also have entrance from the main indoor landing.
When should you the garden or garage suite?
You are only allowed to build the garage or garden suite, in a specific location on the unrestricted basis, but where there is single detached house. The separate suite must comply with the Zoning Bylaw that is provided for by the City. Ensure that you understand the Bylaw of your location and area before you set up a garage or a garden suite
Which is the best suite to set up?
Both the garage and the garden suites are good options to include in your property. Nonetheless, the garden suite tends to be the most preferred by many homeowners. In most cases, the garden suite will be meant or couples that are above 65 that can live independently. They can also be used for physically challenged people.
People that live in the permanent dwelling can offer support and care to the dwellers of the garden suite. In most cases, the owners of the permanent dwelling will be close relatives, children or grandchildren of those in the suites. Suppose the people that live in the garden house choose to move out, you can apply for another family to occupy the suite, under the qualifications of the municipality.
The garden suite will offer more privacy to the occupants. It is also an affordable housing option that is easy to maintain and are barrier-free. The family members can offer support to the occupants, as well as security. They also help to offer independence and privacy to the occupants. This can be a great option if the occupant needs some privacy. If the host family offers support to the occupants of the garden suite, it can help to cut on the demands on the community services. They will not change the neighborhood characters since they are temporary.
On the contrary, the garage suite might not offer the best privacy as the garden suite. Most of the garage suites in Edmonton are installed above the garage. They will have different entrance from the main vehicle entry point. At some point, there might be some intrusion in the garage suite occupants. However, with the split entry point, they will have their privacy as they need. One challenge here will be when the owner of the main dwelling is parking the vehicle in the garage. The noise might interfere with the silence and the peace of the occupants. On the bright side, there will be security offered to the garage site occupants. Also, they can enjoy the care offered by the main dwelling occupants. The garage suite can be furnished, and they can be designed to suit the preference of the occupants. There are also some garage suites that will be built on the rear or the side of the garage. The noise of the car can still be a challenge to the occupants.
Inasmuch as the garage suite can be developed to suit the preference of the occupant, there can still be an intrusion of privacy and independence. The major challenge here is when the occupants of the main unit are attempting to access the garage. With the garden suite, there is more privacy and the occupants are more independent, but can still enjoy the support of the main unit dwellers. Most house builders will be able to help you as well to decide which works within the lot that you have.