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  • Writer's pictureTim Degroot

Considerations and Benefits of Carriage Houses


In response to the increasing demand for housing and rental units, carriage houses have gained significant popularity in urban and suburban areas. These small, secondary dwelling units are typically located on the same property as the primary residence, often nestled in the backyard or as a detached structure. The appeal of carriage houses lies in the multitude of benefits they offer, making them an increasingly sought-after housing solution.


The Need for More Rental Suites


In recent years, Kelowna has seen a population influx and increased interest in living in the area. This has brought many benefits to the local economy and small businesses of the region. However, it has also resulted in a rental shortage, making it challenging for new residents and students to secure suitable accommodation, especially near downtown.


Building a carriage house on your property may initially appear out of reach; however, it is more cost-effective than you may think and increases the available rentals in the area. This, in turn, alleviates the pressure on those who aspire to live in Kelowna but are often compelled to seek residences further from the city due to the scarcity of available rentals.


The Advantages of a Carriage Homes


Many homeowners already have zoning to build a carriage house but are not taking advantage of this opportunity, despite the numerous advantages carriage houses offer to both the rental sector and homeowners.


With interest rates on the rise, homeowners are exploring other ways to cover these costs. By adding a carriage house, you're not only generating a passive income to help cover your mortgage and associated high-interest rates, but you’re also increasing the long-term appreciation and immediate value of your home.


Kelowna Carriage Home
Kelowna carriage home under construction

Carriage Home Considerations


The cost of building a carriage home on your property will depend on several factors such as location, size and design, materials, utilities and land preparation. On average, you can expect to spend between $210000 to $400000.


Construction costs can vary significantly depending on your property’s location. Urban areas or regions with high construction costs may result in a higher price range. The size and design of your home will also impact the total cost. You may need to decide between a one-story or a one-and-a-half-story structure. In some cases, building regulations may only allow for a one-story home. Given the Okanagan's four distinct seasons, including hot summers and freezing winters, you will also need to consider adequate heating and cooling systems.


The quality of finishes you choose for your carriage house can significantly impact its overall aesthetic appeal, functionality, and long-term durability. Ultimately, the quality of finishes you select should sign with your budget and vision for the space. Consulting with a carriage house specialist can help make informed decisions that enhance its beauty and functionality.


Financial Benefits


One of the most significant financial benefits is the potential rental income. You can rent out the carriage house to tenants, providing a steady stream of revenue that can help offset mortgage payments, property taxes and maintenance costs. This rental income can contribute to your financial stability and overall cash flow. In addition to this, you can use the carriage home to accommodate family members such as aging parents or children which can be more cost-effective than alternative solutions like paying for assisted living or separate housing.

A rented 2-bedroom carriage house is an 8-12-year payback on your initial investment.



If you are interested in learning more about building a carriage home on your property or don’t know where to start, please contact one of our carriage house specialists. We would love to assist you!




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