Kelowna Accessory Building Renovations: Frequently Asked Questions

A home improvement contractor can help ensure your accessory building is built to code and matches the style of your home.  

A home improvement contractor can help ensure your accessory building is built to code and matches the style of your home.  

Whether you’re looking for a place to store your pool equipment or need a place to park the lawn mower, an accessory building is likely what you’ve been looking for. But what exactly is an accessory building and what can you use it for? Our Kelowna accessory building renovations company can answer those questions for you.


What is an accessory building?

An accessory building is an outdoor structure. The most common types of accessory buildings in the Okanagan include:

  • Detached garage
  • Shed
  • Pool house
  • Greenhouse
  • Playhouse
  • Private studio

And each accessory building may be outfitted with electricity or plumbing depending on the homeowner’s needs.

Our previous post highlights a couple of different accessory buildings and their use: Organizing Your Property with an Accessory Building.


How big can my accessory building be? 

Any building over 10 square metres will require a municipal building permit from the City of Kelowna. Your accessory building will also be subject to certain zoning requirements. The requirements will outline the setbacks, maximum height and coverage.


Can my accessory building contain an in-law suite?

When building a detached garage with a suite either below or above, the City refers to that structure as an addition to the home or a carriage home. In this scenario, you’ll be held to more regulations than when building a standard accessory building.

If digging through regulations and working with the City of Kelowna isn’t high on your list of fun things to do, Kelowna accessory building renovation contractors can typically do this on your behalf.


Do I need a Kelowna accessory building renovation contractor to build my accessory building?

If you’re handy and like working with tools and want to build an accessory building on your own, you can. However, you’ll have to work with suppliers and bylaw restrictions on your own as well.

By hiring a contractor, they can ensure your building is constructed according to the rules and regulations set out by the City of Kelowna. They’ve also been in the business long enough to make really helpful suggestions on how you set up your structure and which materials will work best.


What are some of the things I can use an accessory building for?

  • Horse Stable – If you’ve got horses to house, a horse stable may be a great addition to your property. However, if your land is zoned for agriculture, you may require a farm protection development protection. If that’s the case, Kelowna accessory building renovation companies can help walk you through all the details.   
  • Pool House – For pool lovers, a pool house is a great way to hide all of the chemicals and equipment that comes along with owning a pool. You can also include change facilities, showers, kitchens, and more.
  • Garden Shed – Lovely looking yards require a lot of tools and equipment to keep them looking that way. A garden shed can help keep yards looking flawless and uncluttered.


Looking for a Kelowna accessory building builder that can help you design and execute an accessory building for your property? Reach out to the professional team at Rafter 4K Contracting. With more than 25 years in the industry, they can ensure your building aligns with the City’s zoning and permit regulations.


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