Cornerstones II Grant Program: Information Guide and Application Form
- Building a New Secondary Suite in a New Home
- Building a New Secondary Suite in an Existing Home
- Building a New Garage or Garden Suite
A garden suite — sometimes called a granny flat — is a self-contained dwelling without a basement. It is installed in the rear or side yard of a lot with an existing, permanent, single-family house.
Usually, garden suites have a kitchen, living area, one or two bedrooms, bathroom and storage space (see Figure 1). Your municipality may have planning or zoning regulations governing garden suites. These regulations can set restrictions, such as distance from the permanent house, parking requirements, how long a garden suite can stay on a lot and the appearance of the garden suite.