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Exploring Secondary Dwelling Units: Enhancing Your Property’s Potential

Secondary dwelling units (SDUs), also known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), have gained popularity among homeowners seeking to maximize space and property value. Whether you’re looking to expand living space or explore rental income opportunities, SDUs offer a versatile solution. Here’s everything you need to know about integrating an SDU into your property and how Ottawa Home Contractors can assist you every step of the way.

What is a Secondary Dwelling Unit?
A secondary dwelling unit is a self-contained living space located on the same property as a primary residence. SDUs can take various forms, such as detached backyard cottages, converted garages, basement apartments, or additions above garages. They typically include a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and bedroom(s), offering flexibility in usage.

Benefits of Secondary Dwelling Units

Increased Property Value: 

Adding an SDU can significantly enhance your property’s market value. It provides additional living space or rental income potential, making your property more attractive to buyers.


SDUs can serve multiple purposes, such as housing for extended family members, rental income generation, a home office, or guest accommodation. They offer flexibility to adapt to changing family needs or lifestyle choices.

Cost-Effective Expansion: 

Building an SDU is often more cost-effective than purchasing a separate property or renovating the primary residence. It maximizes underutilized space on your existing property while maintaining privacy and independence.

Design Considerations for Secondary Dwelling Units

Integration with Existing Property: 

Ensure the design of the SDU complements your primary residence aesthetically and functionally. Consider architectural coherence, landscaping, and utility connections to seamlessly integrate the SDU into your property.

Regulatory Compliance: 

Navigate local zoning laws and building codes specific to Ottawa. Our team at Ottawa Home Contractors can guide you through the permit process and ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Construction Process and Timeline

Constructing an SDU involves several stages, including initial planning, design development, obtaining permits, construction, and final inspections. The timeline varies based on project complexity, local regulations, and weather conditions. Our expertise ensures a smooth process from concept to completion.

Financial Considerations

Budgeting for an SDU project includes costs for design, materials, labor, permits, and potential utility upgrades. Our team provides transparent cost estimates and assists in exploring financing options to align with your budget and financial goals.

Why Choose Ottawa Home Contractors?

Ottawa Home Contractors specializes in designing and building custom secondary dwelling units tailored to your needs. With our expertise in construction management and local knowledge of Ottawa’s regulations, we ensure a stress-free experience. From initial consultation to final walkthrough, we are committed to delivering quality craftsmanship and exceeding your expectations.


Consider the benefits of adding a secondary dwelling unit to your property in Ottawa. Whether you’re looking to enhance property value, accommodate family members, or generate rental income, SDUs offer a versatile and practical solution. Contact Ottawa Home Contractors today to discuss your SDU project and discover how we can transform your vision into reality.

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