YEGarden Suites Deep Dive Spring Workshop

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YEGarden Suites Deep Dive Spring Workshop
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Sat 23 May 2020
Saturday 23 May 2020
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us for YEGarden Suites' bi-annual Deep Dive Workshop. This day long workshop provides attendees with an in-depth look at garden and garage suites in Edmonton. If you are considering building a backyard home, and want to know if it would be right for you, this workshop is a must. Past YEGarden Suites workshop participants have found information at these sessions crucial for understanding this significant financial decision, saving them time, money, and headaches. The value of preparing to develop your property by connecting with experts, and other homeowners who have built Garden Suites cannot be overstated.

This day-long event covers everything from rules and regulations, City bylaws, and costs, to challenges, the building process, and property analysis. 


  • City of Edmonton on Garden Suites

Presenting the latest Garden Suite rules & regulations. You'll learn what types of lots can accommodate a Garden Suite, what rules your suite must conform to, how big it can be, how it can be oriented, etc. The City will also be going over the Cornerstones Grant (up to $20,000 for suites rented as affordable housing), and the permitting process.

  • Subdivision & Development Appeals Board (SDAB)

If you'd like to build something outside the typical rules and regulations for Garden Suites, you may have to present before the SDAB. We'll help to explain the process, and the procedure for speaking to this quasi-judicial body.

  • Utility Considerations for Garden Suites 

Utility connections are an important consideration, prior to deciding to build a suite. We'll walk you through the best case options for connecting your Garden Suite to utilities, and what to do/how much it costs to overcome any challenges associated with different utility connections.

  • Garden Suite Panel Discussion

Learn from everyday homeowners who have gone through the process of building a suite. Our panelists will be sharing tips, tricks, challenges, and benefits associated with building a garden suite. The panel will be an interactive Q&A style discussion.

  • Financing & Budgeting for a Garden Suite 

Hear the options for financing a garden suite from a CIBC Mortgage and Finance specialist, and receive a budget template, and cost break-down for a suite. 


Catered lunch provided.

  • Builder and Designer Showcase

During the lunch break, you'll have the opportunity to get to know Edmonton's leading builders and designers of Garden Suites. Five different builders and designers will each give a short presentation on their work and what they can offer you.


  • Builder and Designer Panel Discussion

We will be holding a panel discussion with 5 different garden suite builders/designers where we will cover the process to build a suite, costs associated with Garden Suites, challenges, etc. and any other questions generated from our audience. 

  • Design Principles & Considerations for Garden Suites 

We will be providing a brief overview of design considerations for garden suites, including how to design a barrier free suite (fully accessible), so that you can tap into the City's incentives. 

  • Garden Suite Site Analysis and Zoning Information

We'll take you through an example lesson looking at a Real Property Report (RPR), and lay out considerations for where a garden suite can be located on that lot. We will also identify things to watch out for and what properties are the best fit for a garden suite. Finally, we'll show you how to look up your own property, and see any information such as neighbourhood overlays, or parking reduction zones. 

We encourage you to bring your own Real Property Report, if you have one, so that you can work through it with us.


  • Post Workshop Questions and Networking

We invite you to stick around after the formal part of the event to mix, mingle, and ask questions of industry experts and speakers. If you have any lingering questions, or want to set up a following-up meeting with an industry expert, now is the time to do so. 


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ample parking is available at the Millwoods Seniors and Multicultural Centre and at the Millwoods Town Centre Mall. If you are taking public transit, it is approximately 45 minutes from downtown. Note that construction for the Valley Line LRT is taking place on 66 St. and 28 Ave., so please give yourself enough time to arrive early. We will be starting at 10AM sharp. 

How do I get to Millwoods Seniors and Multicultural Centre?

The Millwoods Seniors and Multicultural Centre is located at 2610 Hewes Way NW, Edmonton. It is in the same building as the Millwoods Branch of the Edmonton Public Library. Enter from the main doors, immediately turn right and go through the sliding doors. Go upstairs and you will see the event space. There will be a YEGarden Suites sign to point you in the right direction. 

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Tickets are not available for purchase at the door.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email or call 780-722-5699. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring a printed ticket to the event. You will just need to tell us your name at the door. 

Is lunch provided? 


Do I need to bring anything with me? 

Please bring a notebook and pen. Feel free to bring your Real Property Report (RPR), and any drawings or design ideas you have. 

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