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Garden Suites

Backyard Cottage

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Backyard Cottages (Garden Suites) are an innovative solution introduced by the Toronto government to address the housing crisis. These independent residential units are typically built in the backyard of existing homes, aiming to provide additional rental space while maintaining the overall community aesthetics.

Backyard Cottages offer property owners an effective way to increase their property value and create a stable income stream by renting out these units. This program is particularly suitable for property owners with extra land space who want to optimize the efficiency and economic returns of their property by adding rental units.

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Who Are Garden Suites Suitable For?

Enough Backyard Space

Firstly, a detached house needs to have enough backyard space to accommodate a garden suite while maintaining proper privacy and comfort.

In compliance with regional planning and building standards

The property location must comply with local government planning and building standards, including restrictions on building area, height, and boundaries.

Accessible Infrastructure

An ideal detached house should have convenient access to essential infrastructure such as water and electricity supply, drainage systems, and transportation connections.

Prime Location

Houses located in convenient locations, such as close to public transportation, commercial areas, or educational institutions, are more suitable for building garden suites to attract tenants.

Adequate Investment Budget

Property owners need to have a sufficient budget to build and maintain garden suites, ensuring their long-term sustainability and attractiveness.

Community Support

The endorsement of the local community is also a critical factor in establishing garden suites, helping to ensure smooth project implementation and community harmony.

*When choosing to build garden suites, detached houses should consider the above factors comprehensively to ensure the success of the project and maximize returns.

Service Application and Management Services (Ontario)

Our garden suite services offer a comprehensive, one-stop solution aimed at providing property owners with end-to-end services from project initiation to operational management. Our Toronto team not only assists you with tedious building permits and loan applications but also provides professional design and construction services to ensure that your garden suite is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Furthermore, our renovation services will further enhance the value of your property. Lastly, our Airbnb rental management service will ensure that your investment yields maximum returns. Choose Merrick Bao for a worry-free garden suite investment experience.

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Garden Suite Design and Construction


Garden Suite Renovation

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Garden Suite Airbnb Rental Management

Types of Garden Suites

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Why Choose Us to
Plan Your Garden Suite?

Meet Our Team



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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll assist you in completing all necessary document preparation and submissions to ensure compliance with local building codes and standards. Applying for a Garden Suite (Garden Suite) building permit typically involves the following steps:
  1. Initial Consultation
    • Before starting any planning, it’s a good idea to have an initial consultation with the Planning Department of the City of Toronto. This can help you understand the regulations and limitations specific to the area.
  2. Design and Planning
    • Design your Garden Suite according to Toronto’s regulations and guidelines. You may need to hire a professional architect or designer to complete this step.
  3. Prepare Application Documents
    • Prepare all necessary documents, including detailed architectural drawings, land survey reports, and other relevant documents.
  4. Submit Application
    • Submit your application documents and drawings to the City of Toronto Building Department. This typically includes filling out relevant application forms and paying application fees.
  5. Review Process
    • The city government will review your application to ensure that the plan complies with all applicable building codes, zoning regulations, and environmental requirements.
  6. Public Consultation
    • Depending on the nature of the project, a public consultation process may be required for neighbors and community members to provide feedback.
  7. Modifications and Adjustments
    • If feedback is received from the city government or the public, modifications to the design may be necessary.
  8. Approval
    • Once all requirements are met and all necessary approvals are obtained, you will receive a building permit.
  9. Construction
    • Once you have the building permit, construction can begin. During the construction process, several site inspections by the city government may be required.
  10. Final Inspection and Approval
    • After construction is completed, a final inspection will be conducted by the city government. If everything meets the standards, you will receive final approval.
Please note that this process may vary depending on the specific circumstances and the latest regulations from the City of Toronto. It’s recommended to contact the City of Toronto directly or visit their official website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

We’ll guide you through the loan application process, helping you secure the necessary funds without having to pay a large down payment upfront.

We offer end-to-end services from initial design to final construction, ensuring that Garden Suites are both aesthetically pleasing and practical, meeting your personalized needs.

Garden Suites provide additional rental income sources, often resulting in a high return on investment. The specific returns depend on the geographical location and market conditions.

Managing Garden Suites for Airbnb rentalsis similar to managing vacation homes, covering everything from market analysis to customer service, pricing strategies, and technological applications.
However, we provide comprehensive Airbnb management services, including listing optimization, reservation management, customer communication, and cleaning maintenance, allowing you to sit back and collect rent.

You can submit your information through our website, and our professional team will contact you to begin planning your Garden Suite project.

After building your Garden Suite in Toronto, effectively promoting your short-term or long-term rental services is key to attracting tenants. Here are some promotion strategies:
  1. Utilize online short-term rental platforms:
List your Garden Suite on platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, etc. Ensure your property description is engaging, detailed, and accompanied by high-quality photos.
  1. Social media marketing
Use social media platforms (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to promote your Garden Suite. Share photos, customer reviews, and special offers.
  1. Establish a professional website
Create a professional website showcasing your Garden Suite, providing booking information, pricing, availability dates, and contact details.
  1. Local advertising
Advertise in local community forums, newspapers, or magazines to attract local tenants or tourists.
  1. Online advertising
Use online advertising services like Google Ads or Facebook Ads to promote your Garden Suite to specific audiences.
  1. Partnerships
Collaborate with local travel companies, businesses, or universities to provide accommodation services for their clients or employees.

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