Secondary Dwellings

Have you thought about renting out your basement to help pay off the mortgage or put a little extra money in your pocket each month? Creating a secondary dwelling unit in your home is a wise investment, but the city of Ottawa requires that you meet certain strict safety requirements before they allow you to rent out the space. At Holland Homes and Renovations, we will create a beautiful and cost-effective secondary dwelling unit in your home that attracts a desirable tenant and satisfies the city’s requirements.

All secondary dwelling units in Ottawa must conform to city regulations and meet building and fire codes. If your unit is not up to code, you will be liable for anything that happens to a tenant as a result of the unsafe conditions.

We will deliver the following and more when we design and construct secondary dwellings:

• Fireproof the unit with fire separation from the primary residence.

• Ensure safe egress from the unit in the event of an emergency.

• Soundproof the unit to prevent sound bleeding upward or footsteps stomping overhead.

• Create separate ground floor access to the unit.

• Maintain a desirable natural light ratio.

• Comply with all by-laws regulating secondary dwelling units.

Why Create a Secondary Dwelling Unit?

Secondary dwelling units, in-law suites or rental suites all increase the value of your property in Ottawa and can also bring in revenue through a rental arrangement. If you have an aging family member, an older child moving back home, or just want to find a tenant to help bring in some extra revenue, secondary dwelling units are a great home renovation option.

Keep in mind that creating a secondary dwelling unit is more than just putting a bedroom in the basement. There are a variety of factors that must be taken into consideration when you are looking to legally create a secondary dwelling. Holland Homes and Renovations can walk you through the design and building phase for your secondary dwelling unit to ensure that everything is handled properly. Some of the important issues include:

• Ensuring the zoning in your area allows for secondary dwelling units

• Following the necessary fire safety and egress regulations

• Maintaining desirable natural light

• Maximizing the space to ensure the secondary dwelling unit feels spacious and open

• Electrical safety considerations

Basement Rental Units

One of the most common areas of the home where secondary dwelling units are created is in the basement. While this location allows a large and separate space for the tenant or family member, there are a variety of factors that must be addressed when the basement is where the occupant will be living.

If your basement is currently unfinished, our design team will take into consideration all of the necessary issues during the design phase, including insulation, waterproofing, electrical, flooring and heating.

In terms of egress, or escape, if the basement already has an exit door to the outside, no egress window is required. But if the basement exit is located on the main floor, then an egress window must be in place so that the occupant can exit the basement through a window in case of fire.

Additional questions to ask our design team during your free consultation regarding a basement renovation for a secondary dwelling unit include the following:

• Do you require soundproofing?

• What kinds of materials are needed for fire safety?

• How will hydro usage be measured between the tenant and the owner of the house?

• If an egress window is required, how will it be installed if my current windows are too small?

• What if my basement has a history of water leakage or mold?

• Do I require a kitchen and how will I vent the exhaust fan?

• Should I build a separate laundry room for the tenant?

We know that creating a well-equipped and code compliant secondary dwelling unit requires experience and proper design. Our expert team will guide you through the entire process and will renovate or retrofit the space to meet all requirements of the building code and the City of Ottawa. We will keep you involved and informed at every stage of the project.

At Holland Homes and Renovations, we are proud to build cost-effective and safe secondary dwelling units on time and on budget. Call us today for a free quote and we can get started on your renovation plans for a secondary dwelling unit or rental apartment in Ottawa.

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Secondary Dwellings

Have you thought about renting out your basement to help pay off the mortgage or put a little extra money in your pocket each month? Creating a secondary dwelling unit in your home is a wise investment, but the city of Ottawa requires that you meet certain strict safety requirements before they allow you to rent out the space. At Holland Homes and Renovations, we will create a beautiful and cost-effective secondary dwelling unit in your home that attracts a desirable tenant and satisfies the city’s requirements.

All secondary dwelling units in Ottawa must conform to city regulations and meet building and fire codes. If your unit is not up to code, you will be liable for anything that happens to a tenant as a result of the unsafe conditions.

We will deliver the following and more when we design and construct secondary dwellings:

• Fireproof the unit with fire separation from the primary residence.

• Ensure safe egress from the unit in the event of an emergency.

• Soundproof the unit to prevent sound bleeding upward or footsteps stomping overhead.

• Create separate ground floor access to the unit.

• Maintain a desirable natural light ratio.

• Comply with all by-laws regulating secondary dwelling units.

Why Create a Secondary Dwelling Unit?

Secondary dwelling units, in-law suites or rental suites all increase the value of your property in Ottawa and can also bring in revenue through a rental arrangement. If you have an aging family member, an older child moving back home, or just want to find a tenant to help bring in some extra revenue, secondary dwelling units are a great home renovation option.

Keep in mind that creating a secondary dwelling unit is more than just putting a bedroom in the basement. There are a variety of factors that must be taken into consideration when you are looking to legally create a secondary dwelling. Holland Homes and Renovations can walk you through the design and building phase for your secondary dwelling unit to ensure that everything is handled properly. Some of the important issues include:

• Ensuring the zoning in your area allows for secondary dwelling units

• Following the necessary fire safety and egress regulations

• Maintaining desirable natural light

• Maximizing the space to ensure the secondary dwelling unit feels spacious and open

• Electrical safety considerations

Basement Rental Units

One of the most common areas of the home where secondary dwelling units are created is in the basement. While this location allows a large and separate space for the tenant or family member, there are a variety of factors that must be addressed when the basement is where the occupant will be living.

If your basement is currently unfinished, our design team will take into consideration all of the necessary issues during the design phase, including insulation, waterproofing, electrical, flooring and heating.

In terms of egress, or escape, if the basement already has an exit door to the outside, no egress window is required. But if the basement exit is located on the main floor, then an egress window must be in place so that the occupant can exit the basement through a window in case of fire.

Additional questions to ask our design team during your free consultation regarding a basement renovation for a secondary dwelling unit include the following:

• Do you require soundproofing?

• What kinds of materials are needed for fire safety?

• How will hydro usage be measured between the tenant and the owner of the house?

• If an egress window is required, how will it be installed if my current windows are too small?

• What if my basement has a history of water leakage or mold?

• Do I require a kitchen and how will I vent the exhaust fan?

• Should I build a separate laundry room for the tenant?

We know that creating a well-equipped and code compliant secondary dwelling unit requires experience and proper design. Our expert team will guide you through the entire process and will renovate or retrofit the space to meet all requirements of the building code and the City of Ottawa. We will keep you involved and informed at every stage of the project.

At Holland Homes and Renovations, we are proud to build cost-effective and safe secondary dwelling units on time and on budget. Call us today for a free quote and we can get started on your renovation plans for a secondary dwelling unit or rental apartment in Ottawa.

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