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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Are Petite Homes models legal in my city?

As this is a relatively new phenomenon, each municipality across Canada has its own bylaws to deal with additional dwelling units (tiny houses), while others have no bylaws at all. Ontario is one of the most aggressive provinces passing the More Homes Built Faster Act, or Bill 23, which allows up to three ADUs on one property. We work with each municipality on behalf of our clients and will ensure that your property qualifies before we collect any fees.

Do I need to plan for additional parking on my property?

While each municipality is different, the City of Windsor, by example, has zoned a special parking exemption zone around the majority of the city to encourage the development of ADUs. In other municipalities where additional parking spots may be required, we can help you plan for this in the site design process.

Is a site SURVEY included?

No. If a site survey is needed, it will be an additional charge, which varies by municipality. We handle that process for our clients and ensure that they don’t get overcharged for the site survey.

Is Financing Available?

Yes! You may be able to use the equity in your current home to finance your Petite Homes build. We can connect you with our financing partner who will help you determine if financing is available to you.

What type of foundation is used?

Each Petite Homes model is built on an insulated, poured concrete pad foundation surrounded by a 4′-deep barrier wall, ensuring the best insulation and protection from frost, water, and rodents.

I own an empty Lot. Can I build an ADU or ADU Village?

This depends on your municipality’s by-laws, however, most municipalities require a main dwelling of at least 1,200 sq ft before any ADU(s) can be built. The Shasta meets this requirement.

Is the permit fee included?

Yes, the permit fee is included in the base price.

What about utilities?

Connections to utilities such as hydro and sewage vary depending on site conditions and municipal regulations. We’ll provide an estimate for you once we’ve reviewed your property.

What about Furniture and window treatments?

Furniture and window treatments aren’t included in the base price, however our interior designer can work with you to select the perfect options for your taste and style.

Are Petite Homes models ada-compliant?

Our standard models are not ADA-compliant. We do, however, have ADA-compliant options and can customize any plans to meet your unique needs.

How do I get started?

The first step is to let us know the address where you’d like to build a Petite Home model to ensure your lot is eligible for an ADU.

After we’ve determined that your property is eligible for an ADU, we’ll be in touch to schedule an introductory meeting where we’ll review the process with you and address any questions you might have. 

See our How It Works page for more information.

Pricing & Revenue

What's included in the build price?

Our oricing is turn-key and includes the start-to-finish process of building the home: design work, permits, approvals, construction materials, a driveway allowance, fit-and-finish, and construction.*

Does the Price ever increase?

The price can increase if there are non-standard or unusual site conditions, or due to any upgrades or customizations you request not included in the standard packages. Costs for utility connections (hydro and sewer), as well as any development fees or other charges imposed by your municipality are also not included and vary depending on municipality and property details.*

Will my property taxes increase?

Adding an ADU will increase the value of your property, so your property taxes will increase. We suggest consulting with your municipality to determine the rate of increase you can expect and when it would take effect. If you choose to work with Petite Homes, we’ll connect with the municipality on your behalf and identify the potential tax increase you can expect.

Do I have to pay HST on my new home?

In the majority of cases, yes. Since ADUs are added to an existing home’s property, they don’t qualify for new home tax rebates. 

Can I generate revenue with an ADU, and if so how much?

Yes! Petite Homes models are perfect as rental units.

Based on the average apartment rental rates in Windsor, Ontario, homeowners can expect to make up to $12,000 or more in rental income after expenses each year with an ADU**.

*Costs and income potential figures are estimates only. Actual costs and values determined by market.

How will a Petite Home affect the sale price of my home?

Having an ADU such as The Craftsman, The Cascadia, or The Cascadia Bachelor can increase property value and therefore can boost the price of the primary home when it’s time to sell. However, many factors go into home prices, and every case is unique.

Still have questions?

We love answering questions about our homes. Reach out to a member of our team today at [email protected] or give us a call at 519-253-4000.