Coach homes, often known as secondary dwelling units, have been receiving tons of interest and are now trending all across North America.

In the heart of this trend, a truly unique project stands out and showcases the true versatility of coach homes.. The project features two coach homes nestled in their backyard in a densely packed urban city. 

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Making the Most of Tiny Spaces

These coach homes are only 400 sq ft each and are strategically positioned in a confined backyard space of approximately 1000 sqft. This fully maximizes the allowable build area of 40%. This showcases how coach homes can be seamlessly integrated into any property, regardless of size, making them a viable option for urban dwellings where space is at a premium.

In addition to the 400 sq ft main floor, these homes also have a 400 sqft basement, resulting in a total living space of 800 sq ft! The homes leverage the maximum build height allowed by most bylaws which is capped at 12ft.,

By adding a basement, it was an ingenious way to enhance the overall value of the investment with minimal additional costs.

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Green Living and Passive House Construction

Now, here is the kicker – these homes are built to be passive houses. What the heck is a Passive House you may ask? It’s not just a fancy term; it means they’re really, really good at saving energy. They may even have solar panels on the roof making it a groundbreaking step towards energy independence. 

Remarkably, these solar panels generate an equivalent amount of energy to what traditional homes consume annually. With no need for gas, these homes exemplify ultimate energy conservation.

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Affordable & Sustainability Living in Action

But wait, there’s more cool stuff. These homes are made mostly from stuff that’s good for the Earth – over 90% of the materials are recycled and renewable. And get this, the  passive house design uses 90% less energy for heating and cooling. 

Living in one of these homes is like having a friend that’s always looking out for your budget and the environment. Imagine having almost no bills to pay every month – that’s the magic of going passive! 

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The Future of Passive Living

In essence, these coach homes stand as beacons of innovation, proving that sustainable living can be seamlessly integrated into urban landscapes without compromising on space or comfort.

By embodying principles of eco-friendly construction and energy conservation, these homes redefine our understanding of what it means to live green.


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