A Legal Suite can be a great change to any home environment. Whether you are looking to house a family member or to create a rental property, a legal suite is a great way to increase the value of your home and make it more marketable. Now that you have the idea where do you start? This is where Kelowna renovation contractors Rafter 4K can help. The renovation process for a legal suite can be tricky, but at Rafter 4K we will work with you every step of the way to alleviate the complications while incorperating your ideas about the project.
There are many aspects to consider when planning a legal suite. The basics, a kitchen, bathroom, and living area may be obvious, but there are other essential details if you are looking to attract potential tenants. Features including in-suite laundry, a separate entrance and parking area, insulation and sound barriers, and a private outdoor space are all components to be considered. As Kelowna home renovation contractors, we can work with you to determine the range of features available within your budget, and determine the best way to incorporate them into your legal suite.
Contact us for a free no obligation quote!
Along with the living environment, building codes and safety are important factors when incorperating a legal suite into your home. A seperate entrance is a must in a legal suite, along with an egress window large enough to be used as an alternative escape route. From meeting requirements such as lockable door separations and fire safety standards, there is a lot to know. At Rafter 4K we know the safety requirements and can ensure sure your suite is built accordingly.
There are numerous requirements to ensure a secondary suite qualifies as a legal suite, and our team has the knowledge and experience to ensure these requirements are met.
Some requirements include the following: the space must be located within a residential building with a total floor area of no more than 90m2, less than 40% of the total habitable floor space, there must be a lit pathway leading from a designated parking area to the exclusive entrance of the suite, smoke and carbon dioxide alarms must be hardwired for power and interconnected through each unit, and a fire-rated door, lockable in both directions, must be installed between units, each bedroom must have an egress window or door in place that can be opened from the inside.
Contact us for a discussion or site visit to see if your home is a possible candidate for a legal suite.
As defined by the city of Kelowna, a secondary or legal suite is “a self-contained dwelling, located within a single-family dwelling, that has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom and living area. It must be interconnected to the primary dwelling and is restricted in size based on the size of the principal dwelling.”
There are certain specifications to be met for a space to be able to become a legal suite, so to determine if your home can have a legal suite, you should consider the following factors.
First, consider if you have space, usually a basement, that can be separated into a self-contained unit while remaining attached to the principal area of the house. After that, you need to see if you have a private outdoor space that can be dedicated to the legal suite, and an existing entrance or the possibility for one entering directly into the suite. If you don’t think your house has these, don’t worry! We would be happy to come to take a look and see if a little bit of planning and creativity would make a legal suite possible.
The time it takes to complete a legal suite project has a lot to do with the space you are starting with and the specifics of the project. A basement that is not already a separate space with its own amenities may require framing and drywall changes, door installs and more, therefore taking longer than a basement that already has a separate entrance and amenities, maybe meeting the criteria for an illegal suite. This is just one example of how projects may differ, talk to us to get an idea of how long your legal suite renovation may take!
Many basements do have the potential to be converted into a legal suite. However, the necessary changes to meet code specifications vary from basement to basement. Due to the nature of building codes, there are some basements that are not a good fit to be converted into a legal suite. We would be happy to meet with you and look at your basement to let you know if a legal suite is a possibility, and if so, what changes need to be made.
In preparing for a legal suit renovation, it is important to realize that these projects can often require a substantial financial investment and can be more intensive than they seem on the surface. Beyond that, it is helpful to be aware of the building codes that apply to legal suites and any municipal specifications. If you aren’t too sure about the codes, don’t worry, our team has extensive knowledge of the requirements for legal suites and would be happy to walk you through them. If you are moving ahead with the changes, you may want to make sure the main/upper living space is fully functioning independently prior to the renovation. For example, moving a basement laundry room upstairs or to a shared location.
Norm and his crew built our 26 x 28 shop behind our house and they did an absolutely outstanding job. Very professional, shop was done in a timely fashion, and the result was just what we had in mind. Norm was in touch with us throughout the entire j[...] read more
We used Norm and his team for our home renovation in 2019 and were really happy with the process and the results. Some of what we really liked about working with them was the personal contact with the owner, Norm, and the dedicated team he employs, h[...] read more
Thank-you for your work in making our vision a reality! Norm went above and beyond to make our build project a success. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and provided accurate budget projections and timely build schedules. His construction[...] read more
We first met Norm and the Rafter gang about 6 years ago. We hired Rafter4K to build a horse riding ring on our small hobby farm. The project was challenging because of problems with a high water table. Norm however offered creative solutions allowing[...] read more
Thank you so much for your skill, talent and dedication in rebuilding our new home! [...] read more
We wanted to send you this note of thanks for everything you have done for us over the last 18 months or so. We are extremely satisfied with all of the different projects we engaged you for. The work was completed to our desired specifications in th[...] read more
This is just a note to say how much we are enjoying our pool and wish to thank you and your staff for such a great job in its construction. You are fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable, and hard working crew. They were always prompt an[...] read more
We have been working with Norm Kneller with Rafter 4K Contracting for the past two years renovation our Kelowna residence. We have been very pleased with the relationship; Norm and his team of contractors are very professional, reliable, trustworthy,[...] read more
Norm and his staff were friendly, accommodating, and very professional. They were great at sticking to timelines and budget. I especially appreciated that they were transparent about any issues or concerns and were honest about all the renovation opt[...] read more
When we decided to build a pool by our house, we decided to choose Rafter4K based on a number of ‘word-of-mouth’ reports we received about their competency. We heard from various sources that they were honest, professional, and reliable. Throu[...] read more
Thank you, so much, for coming to my rescue and doing the pool start – up, servicing, and maintenance on such short notice. You folks are simply fabulous![...] read more
It has been a pleasure to know you and to work with you. The orchard looks hugely better than before. The trees are growing well and we are looking forward to move there in the near future. I must say working with you has been one of my most pleas[...] read more
Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome job you did restoring the footing in our riding arena. You are the fourth company to work on it and the first to get it right. The footing is excellent. We really appreciate your cost efficiency and we wil[...] read more
Just want to let you know how much Shelia and I appreciate your professional and high quality level of service over the past 30 plus years. You have always given us the best service in a timely manner. [...] read more
Thank you for completing my beautiful pool. The wait was worth it. Enclosed is the final payment according to the contract. I understand there will be another invoice to cover the extras due to the river we found underground after excavation and t[...] read more
We can’t tell you how thrilled we are with our new pool and hot tub, and what a pleasure it was working with you again. Your workmanship, attention to detail, level of service and patience were, as always, unsurpassed. We knew it would be after w[...] read more
It has been a pleasure doing business with Norm and your crew. You run a great ship![...] read more
We are happy to provide a reference for Rafter4K. Norm and his crew were consistently helpful and polite, always here when they said they would be, and the work was completed on time, to an excellent standard. In addition, we are finding that pool [...] read more
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the outstanding service we received during our recent pool installation. Brian and I were very impressed by how everything moved along as planned, and on budget! Your employees were both court[...] read more
Thank you for doing such a super job on all the renovations. Your professionalism, courtesy, advice, and helpfulness have been wonderful throughout the process – from start to finish![...] read more
It is without hesitation that we provide this letter of reference for Norm and Sandi Kneller and Rafter4K Contracting. Rafter4K installed a pool and hot tub for us in August 1995. The service we received was friendly, professional, timely, and of t[...] read more
We want to thank you and your crew for a great job on our pool, fencing, and deck. As in 99% of jobs (especially when your client is a bit OCD), it wasn’t all smooth sailing but what matters is that you got the job done right and dealt with any is[...] read more
What I like most about Norm is his approach. Many contractors will tell you what they think but few will take the time to really listen to your ideas. Norm has that ability to listen to what you have to say and then give you alternative points of v[...] read more