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Garden Suites in Edmonton 

Thinking about building a suite, but don't know where to start? YEGarden Suites can help. We are Edmonton's only independent, non-profit, garden suite organization dedicated to serving homeowners who are interested in building a garden or garage suite.  


Through workshops, tours, and educational events, we provide you with all the information you need to start your own Garden Suite project. Scroll down to learn more about Garden Suites, what we do, and how we can help you. 



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What is a garden suite?

Simply put, a Garden Suite is a backyard home...

Garden Suites are a form of infill housing that offers social, environmental, and economic benefits to owners, renters, and the city as a whole. They can be built on almost every single-family residential lot in Edmonton, and are becoming increasingly popular in cities across North America. They can be as small as you like, or up to 1,400 square feet, depending on your lot size. 

A garden suite is an apartment-sized living space that’s located in the backyard of a single detached house. To qualify as a garden suite, the space needs to have its own kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and living space.

Some garden suites include garage space and some have no garage at all. 

- City of Edmonton

Benefits of Garden Suites

People choose to build Garden Suites for many different reasons.

Whether it's to house aging parents close to home, generate a rental income, or plan for your future, Garden Suites are a flexible form of housing that can help meet you and your family's changing needs. ​

rental incomE

Build a suite, rent it out and make some additional income. Use your suite as a mortgage helper, investment, or retirement income. 

Downsize & Age in place

With Garden Suites, long-time residents can downsize and age in their community when their main home becomes too much work.

affordable housing

Building a suite in your backyard can help add to Edmonton's affordable housing stock.  

Healthy communities 

Garden Suites help create more walkable, compact, and attractive communities that support physical and mental health.

Multigenerational Living

Garden Suites can enable multigenerational living, where aging parents or young adults can live close to their families, while still have privacy and independence. 

building in instead of out

As a form of infill, Garden Suites help Edmonton build in instead of out, which promotes fiscally, environmentally, and socially responsible development.