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Secondary Dwelling Designs in Ottawa & Brockville, ON

World-Class Secondary Dwelling Services

Explore the possibilities of creating additional living space on your property with Amsted Design-Build's exceptional secondary dwelling design services in Ottawa and Brockville, ON. Uncover the potential of transforming your property to meet secondary dwelling requirements seamlessly. Our skilled team, with over 30 years of experience, provides innovative design solutions for your extra living quarters. Contact us today for a consultation, and let's turn your vision for a secondary dwelling into a reality that complements your lifestyle and meets all necessary standards.

(All project photos are proudly taken from our project in McKellar Heights, where we created a fully-adaptive main-floor inlaw suite that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home. Check out the full project profile at https://amsted.ca/gallery/castle-hill/)


What Is a Secondary Dwelling?

Secondary dwellings, often referred to as accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or multi-unit dwellings, are self-contained living spaces on the same property as a primary residence. These additional units can take various forms, such as converted garages, standalone cottages, or attached extensions. The term "secondary dwelling" is a broad classification that encompasses various names used interchangeably in different regions. Policies regarding secondary dwellings vary widely and are subject to zoning regulations. Many jurisdictions have specific guidelines addressing size, construction, and occupancy requirements for secondary dwellings to ensure they align with community planning goals and standards. The team at Amsted Design-Build is skilled at working with the City to guide you through any zoning requirements to ensure a seamless process without delays.

Types of Secondary Dwellings

Discover the versatility of secondary dwellings and innovative living solutions that add both functionality and value to your property. A few common types of secondary dwellings include:

  • Detached Units – Standalone structures separate from the main residence, providing complete autonomy and privacy for occupants.
  • Garage Conversions – Transforming existing garages into living spaces, offering a cost-effective and space-efficient solution for secondary dwellings.
  • Basement Apartments – Converting basements into self-contained living areas, maximizing existing space while maintaining a distinct separation from the main dwelling.
  • Laneway Houses – Small, detached homes built in the rear yards of existing properties, contributing to urban density without compromising neighbourhood aesthetics.
  • Inlaw Suites – Additional living spaces within the primary residence, often designed for multi-generational living, providing proximity while maintaining a degree of independence.
  • Above-Garage Apartments – Living spaces constructed above existing garages, combining space efficiency with architectural integration.

Uses & Functions of Secondary Dwellings

Secondary dwellings serve multifaceted purposes, enhancing property utility and meeting diverse needs. Beyond generating additional rental income, these spaces are invaluable for supporting family members, providing independent living for aging parents, accommodating adult children, or offering a dedicated home office or guest suite. Their versatility makes secondary dwellings a strategic investment, catering to changing family dynamics and contributing to property value through increased functionality.


Benefits of Secondary Dwelling Units

Unlock the advantages of incorporating secondary dwelling units (SDUs) into your property, fostering versatility and value. The top advantages include:

  • Rental Income Potential – Introduce an additional income stream by renting out the secondary dwelling unit, contributing to financial stability and property investment returns.
  • Flexible Living Arrangements – Facilitate multi-generational living or provide separate living spaces for extended family members, offering privacy and autonomy within proximity.
  • Increased Property Value – Enhance the overall value of your property by adding a secondary dwelling unit, attracting potential buyers or tenants, and diversifying your property's potential uses.

How We Can Help

At Amsted Design-Build, we provide comprehensive solutions for secondary dwellings, ensuring a seamless and value-driven process. Our expert team brings 35 years of experience to guide you through the entire journey, from strategic planning and design to meticulous construction. Our commitment to holistic residential improvement sets us apart, offering a range of services beyond secondary dwelling projects. Whether it's transforming the exterior of your home, crafting custom home designs, or addressing smaller maintenance tasks through our Home Care services, Amsted Design-Build is your trusted partner in creating versatile and functional living spaces tailored to your unique needs.

Contact Amsted Design-Build

Elevate your property's potential with Amsted Design-Build's all-in-one secondary dwelling design and construction services in Ottawa and Brockville, ON. Our commitment to creating functional and stylish additional living spaces aligns seamlessly with secondary dwelling requirements, providing you with a solution that enhances your property's versatility. With 35 years of expertise, our team is ready to transform your vision into a secondary dwelling that meets both regulatory standards and your unique lifestyle needs. Ready to explore the endless possibilities? Contact us today for a consultation, and let's embark on the journey to design a secondary dwelling that adds value, functionality, and comfort to your property.

Let's Chat

We look forward to talking with you about your project, explaining our process and the Amsted Advantage, and answering any questions you might have.

Contact us today to get started!