From our first meeting with Ben, we knew we were making the right choice. We felt respected, listened to, and genuine excitement for the vision we had for our space. We undertook a full bathroom, living room, and kitchen renovation of our 1980’s townhome.

Mariam G


Duplex Conversions

Home Additions Ottawa

Duplex conversion is a powerful real estate investment strategy that involves transforming a single-family home into a Legal Secondary Suite. This approach is particularly effective in Ottawa, allowing homeowners to create short-term or long-term rental situations that boost their income and property value.

What is a Legal Secondary Suite?

A legal secondary suite is an entirely separate apartment within the same building, created with approved city permits. Also known as an in-law suite, accessory unit, basement apartment, duplex, or two-family dwelling, these units are designed to be self-contained with their kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces.

Benefits of Duplex Conversion

  • Increase Monthly Cash Flow: Single-family home rents often fall short of covering all monthly expenses such as mortgage, property taxes, and insurance. A secondary suite can significantly boost your rental income, ensuring a positive cash flow.
  • Diversify Investments: With multiple income streams from a single property, you reduce financial risk and increase the stability of your investment portfolio.
  • Support Affordable Housing: Adding secondary suites helps address the housing shortage in Ottawa, providing quality, affordable rental units for tenants in need of housing.

Key Considerations for Duplex Conversions

Finding the Right Property

Before purchasing a property for a duplex conversion, consider these factors:

  • Purchase Price: Ensure the property fits your budget.
  • Location: Choose a location with high rental demand.
  • Tenant Profile: Understand the type of tenants the area attracts.
  • Rents in the Area: Research local rental rates to estimate potential income.
  • Renovation Costs: Budget for necessary renovations to create a legal secondary suite.

Knowing the Bylaws

Familiarize yourself with Ottawa’s specific bylaws and regulations regarding duplex conversions. Key areas to consider include:

  • Parking Requirements: Determine if the property meets the city’s parking standards, whether tandem or side-by-side parking.
  • Zoning Laws: Ensure the property is in an area that allows secondary suites.
  • Egress Requirements: Each unit must have two ways in and out for fire safety.
  • Square Footage and Ceiling Height: Adhere to minimum and maximum size requirements and ensure the basement ceiling height meets Ontario Building Code standards.

Condo Renovations Ottawa

Manuel and his team replaced all the floors, removed the popcorn ceiling and replaced the kitchen in my condo. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and cabinets.

Adam M

Start Your Duplex Conversion Today

At Ottawa Home Pros, we specialize in home renovations that maximize your investment potential. Our experienced team understands the local market and regulations, ensuring your duplex conversion project is executed seamlessly. Serving homeowners in Ottawa, Kanata, Orleans, and Nepean, we are committed to transforming your single-family home into a profitable duplex.

  • Comprehensive Services: We handle every aspect of your duplex conversion project, from initial design to final touches.
  • Local Expertise: We are familiar with local regulations and market trends, ensuring your renovation meets all necessary standards.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction means we work closely with you to bring your vision to life.

Call us today at (613) 288-9145 for your dormer renovation project.