A secondary home, also known as a garden home or carriage home, is a self-contained home that is not attached to a house but on the same property. It has separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities. A secondary suite can be created through the conversion or development of an existing garage or other building or built from the ground up.
A laneway home is a type of secondary home located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway.
Laneway suites are generally smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot.
Laneway suites may provide new rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, providing a wider range of low-density housing options while enhancing neighbourhood and community character.