Tiny House Ottawa

Exciting Build Project 2021: Tiny House Ottawa

Are you thinking about building a tiny house in Ottawa? Tiny homes are popping up everywhere these days, whether on Netflix or HGTV. Tiny houses, also known as coach houses, are quickly gaining popularity worldwide. Building a tiny home is a cost effective way to boost the value of a property and to create additional living space or rental income.

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I started my Tiny House Ottawa build journey around March 2019. I had met with a local real estate investor for coffee and while we were discussing ways of maximizing rental income on an existing property, she gave me the idea to build a coach house.

The property is a 1950s bungalow with a low ceiling, unfinished basement.  The home was approx. 1300 sq ft on a 40ft x 125ft lot which meant there was a ton of wasted space in the backyard. As I discussed options over coffee, the coach house idea seemed like the best fit for me to maximize the value of my home.

The investor also put me in contact with a Toronto area coach house builder and we chatted on the phone about one of his recent projects. His project being described was identical to ours. He had a small bungalow with low ceiling height making a conversion to a legal basement dwelling nearly impossible. The home was also on a large lot size with ample room for a tiny house and parking.

After running some numbers together, it became clear that building my tiny house Ottawa project was by far the most cost effective way to improve the cash flow of my property.

Here are some important points to consider before building your own tiny house in Ottawa.

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Building a Tiny House Ottawa

There are many reasons to build a tiny house in Ottawa. They can be a great alternative to creating a secondary living dwelling on a property. Building a tiny house can be a cost effective way to improve cashflow or to boost real estate value. Here are 5 other ways to increase the value of your home.

Here are some other reasons why you should consider building a tiny house in Ottawa:

  • Create secondary dwelling that’s above ground instead of a basement
  • Increase property value.
  • Increase rental income
  • Provide space for family member (ie aging parent or older child)
  • Provide more space for urban living
  • Cost effective way to build a secondary dwelling
  • Good alternative to buying a condo or second home
  • Convenient and simplified life. Easy to manage and clean
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Are Tiny Homes Legal In Ottawa?

Tiny Homes or Coach Homes have been legal in Ottawa since 2016. The City of Ottawa has specific guidelines to follow when building a tiny home. The first step is determining if your property can accommodate a tiny house in Ottawa. Typically a small home on a large lot is ideal. In Ottawa, a tiny house can’t be more than 40% of the size of the existing home. Ideally you want access to park in the back for Tenants or residents as well.

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How Much Does It Cost To Build A Tiny House in Ottawa?

The cost to build a tiny house in Ottawa can vary greatly. A legal tiny house needs to be built according to new home construction standards and typically the electrical and plumbing go through the existing home. After considering building material, labour, permit and survey costs, you could be looking at spending upwards of $60,000-$80,000 for your tiny house in Ottawa. The cost depends on the square footage of your tiny home as well as materials selected. When comparing the cost to build a tiny home versus creating a legal secondary basement dwelling or addition, the costs can be quite similar. It is important to look at options and budget accordingly.

Tiny House Ottawa: What Do I Need To Get Started?

Before building a tiny house in Ottawa you will need the following:

  1. The timeline and budget to complete your tiny house project.
  2. The right property size and location. For example some neighbourhoods do not allow coach houses or tiny homes to be built in Ottawa such as Rockliffe. I cover the entire home buying process here.
  3. The approval from your local municipality to be able to build a tiny house on the property. This is merely to determine if you have the proper space and square footage to go ahead with planning a tiny house and is separate from obtaining a permit.
  4. A land survey and architect, design/builder to complete drawings.
  5. A building permit.
  6. A contractor and trades people to build your tiny house.

If you are ready to build a tiny house in Ottawa, I cover everything there is to know about building a tiny home in Ottawa here. You will also find a sample tiny house floor plan I used to help you get started!

Are you planning on building a tiny home? If you have any additional questions, let me know in the comments below!