Getting Started With Secondary Suites Part Two

May 8, 2018 | Blog | 0 comments

Welcome to part two of our feature on legal secondary suites. If you haven’t had a chance to read part one, or our Secondary Suites 101, we recommend taking a moment to catch up before jumping in here!

If you’re in the planning stages of getting ready to include a secondary suite on your property, you might be curious as to what the actual construction process involves. As an experienced contracted, Carmax Consulting is happy to shed a little light on what you can expect. Read on to learn more!

Don’t Expect An ‘Overnight’ Operation

The simple fact of secondary suites is that they do take time and money to properly develop, so if you’re looking for an instant turnaround to make a profit, this may not be the best fit. Like any living space, there are countless details, codes, and processes that need to be upheld to ensure the safety of your future tenants, as well as the durability of the structure itself. That said, with the right contracting team on your side, construction can progress quickly and produce results you can depend on for the long haul!

What are the general phases?

As we said above, there’s quite a few steps that go into the converting a basement into a separate living area. Typical steps include:

  • Building permit application and approval
  • Demolition (if required)
  • Framing, addition of windows and doors
  • Electrical and mechanical rough-ins
  • Trade inspections
  • Drywall & initial painting
  • Millwork finishes
  • Flooring
  • Electrical and mechanical finishing
  • Final painting
  • Final inspections

With careful planning and execution, these phases can move swiftly, giving you a chance to earn your investment back sooner than later.

How Are Owners Involved in The Process?

Even if you’re opting to go the professional route (which we strongly recommend, as DIY work can lead to dangerous living situations, or additional expenses if you need to bring a contractor after the fact), you don’t need to worry about being left in the dark throughout the project. Quite a bit of work is completed before construction, including laying out your design, product selection, etc. Your contractor will likely seek to involve you throughout the building process as well, keeping you up to date on progress, any changes that may occur, as well as any other details that may need to be brought to your attention.

When Can You Start Showing the Suite to Potential Tenants?

The designs supplied by your contracting team will give you a chance to help tenants get an idea of what the finished product will look like, but scheduled walk throughs can usually be completed later on in the construction process as well.

Patience Will Pay Off

It might take a little while for your project to be completed, but you can rest easy knowing that the finished product will be safe, keep your tenants happy, and protect your investment for years to come.

Looking to add a secondary suite to your home? We can help! With decades of experience, Carmax Consulting is Edmonton’s first choice when it comes to quality construction and renovations. Contact us today to learn more!