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This project represents an opportunity to explore a growing trend in Ottawa: the addition of a coach home to an existing property.

A coach home is a separate, secondary unit on a property that ties into the existing home’s services and that can serve many purposes, from guest house to rental unit to in-law suite.

“It’s unique and it’s really a project that is in reach of more people in Ottawa than a $1.5-million custom home,” says OGC project consultant Ken Beaubien. And it shows what can be done when you have limited space.

The property in question was quite narrow, requiring a unit that is just 18 feet wide. Yet the 500-square-foot coach house includes a full kitchen, sitting/sleeping area, three-piece bath and a closet/laundry.

“It’s like a little home away from home… like a little executive suite,” says Beaubien.

OGC used bright trim, floor and wall colours, large windows (including skylights) to maximize natural light exposure, and an open-concept design. Various storage rooms and a hidden utility room keep the unit clutter-free and organized.

Source: Anita Murray, All Things Home

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