Downsizers wanted a bright and spacious two-story garden suite, designed to age in place.
Getting The Design Right
Modworks was approached to design and build a garden suite for downsizing parents, joining their children and grandchildren on the same property. The requirements were clear: A comfortable two story suite, an elevator, a deck to catch South and West light, and lots of room to store their stuff. The owners also pointed out the importance of the look and feel – they wanted a West Coast look, cladded in quality materials that would weather well in our Northern Alberta climate. Another key aspect of the design was that even though the residents shared the property with their adult kids and young grandchildren, the garden suite would still offer a sense of privacy.
– Metal Clad PVC Windows & Doors
– Fibre Cement Exterior Cladding
– Vaulted Ceilings
– Large 24'x6' Balcony
– Residential Elevator
– Interior Stairs
• Residential Elevator
• Accessible Design
• Interior Stairs
• Window & Door Upgrade
• Oversize Garage
Estimated Cost to Build
$280,000 - $300,000
The first floor features a covered entry, den, powder room and necessary circulation space to meet accessibility requirements. A full size laundry pair is set underneath the stairs. High windows are set toward the alley, allowing light to penetrate into the suite, yet still offering privacy.
The second floor features a generous landing shared with the stairs and elevator. Efforts were made to keep an open connection between living, dining and kitchen; an important consideration in smaller spaces. The kitchen has a generous amount of storage and counterspace. Two large sliding doors spill out to the balcony facing South and West toward the alley.