​Garden suites: What they are & Why Edmonton needs them

Garden Suites are smaller homes (400-800 square feet) in people’s backyards. They are a form of infill housing that offers social, environmental, and economic benefits to owners, renters, and the city as a whole including:

Providing homeowners with a rental income

  • Adding to Edmonton’s affordable rental housing stock

  • Acting as a mortgage helper 

  • Helping create multi-generational living situations where aging parents or young adults can live close to their families

  • Helping long-time residents downsize and age in their community when their main home becomes too much work

  • Helping create more walkable, compact, and attractive communities that support physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing

  • Helping Edmonton build in instead of sprawling out

People choose to build Garden Suites for many different reasons. Whether it’s to house aging parents close to home, generate a rental income, or plan for your future, Garden Suites are a flexible form of housing that can help meet you and your family’s changing needs.

Attend a workshop or tour, ask us a question, get involved.

YEGarden Suites is an organization that helps Edmontonian’s who are thinking about building a Garden Suite.  We host regular Garden Suite Workshops and Tours, and connect citizens with industry experts. We provide you with all the information you need to build the suite of your dreams, while advocating for policy changes that reduce the barriers to infill development. Have a Garden Suite related question? 

We have a vision for an Edmonton that provides it’s residents with a mix of housing choices that meet diverse and evolving needs. Garden Suites will help us achieve this vision. 


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Ashley Salvador


Edmonton, AB

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