The small house movement has taken the country and the world by storm. Creating smaller living accommodations where everything is compressed into a functional space is a popular hobby for some and an ideal living space for others. Whether you are new to the idea or interested in learning more, it helps to see these houses in practice. Going by many names, small homes are sometimes called coach houses. Let’s take a moment to review frequently asked questions about coach houses in Ottawa to give you a better understanding of their purpose and function.
What Are Coach Houses?
As mentioned above, a coach house can be considered a small or tiny house. It is built on a property and is no way connected to the primary house. It typically has the full range of amenities, including bathroom, kitchen, and bed. More often than not, the coach house consists of one or two rooms, often serving dual purposes. Coach houses are often converted sheds and garages, or they can be constructed from scratch.
What Is The Difference Between A Coach House And A Garden Suite?
Good question. Granny suites, also known as granny flats, are typically considered any non-permanent structure. Consider a trailer home, or temporary shed. It is important to know that a garden suite does not have a fixed foundation while a coach house does. Simply put, the coach house is designed to be a permanent addition to your property.
Are Coach Houses Livable?
Of course! Coach houses are designed to be livable and self-contained. They are an excellent way to add an additional rent option as individuals can live on your property and in the coach house without accessing your home directly. In effect, it provides you either a landlord and tenant opportunity or additional housing in case family or friends come over.
Where Can Coach Houses Be Built?
That is a good question. When a coach house is built on a property already containing a home, then you will have to look into the local zoning laws for your city. There may be issues of privacy or other considerations that you will have to comply with prior to building your coach house. Some proposed bylaws that will apply Ottawa coach houses:
- Must be smaller and lower than the main home
- Maximum of 592 sq ft, 50% of yard
- Must be 1.2 metres from property line to have windows facing the adjacent property
- Design guidelines may come into play down the road
Do Coach Houses Affect Property Taxes?
Where coach homes have been built, they have tended to affect the property value. The property value typically goes up, as the coach home is considered its own freestanding property. If you build one, expect to be paying more in taxes as a result. MPAC evaluations go hand-in-hand with building permit applications.