Since the passing of the 2019 ‘More Homes, More Choice Act’, municipalities across Ontario are required to create more options for Homeowners to build a secondary, smaller house-behind-a-house. From an environmental perspective, Backyard Homes provide an opportunity to add gentle density, optimize our use of existing investments in infrastructure, rejuvenate aging neighbourhoods, and add much needed rental housing to the market across the Province. Furthermore, they don’t rely on large developers, but instead provide many ordinary Ontarian’s with a safe means to invest in rental housing and in the future of our own communities.

Garden Suite, Backyard House, ADU, Granny Flat, Coachhouse, Laneway House, Secondary Dwelling Unit…..

From an environmental perspective, Garden Suites provide an opportunity to add gentle density, and are a fantastic addition to your property in Kitchener. Whether you are interested in these as an investment opportunity or a place for your family to enjoy, Collaborative Architecture’s expertise in laneway suites will provide you with assurance that our team can get it done. If you are considering adding a Backyard Home to your property, contact our team today. We would be happy to provide you information on what are the next steps.

Collaborative Architecture has taken a deep interest in this form of gentrification with the several laneway house projects nearing completion and in design. We have also developed a series of low cost ‘ready-to-build’ green designs to suit the common requests for this kind of new housing.

Some Common questions about Backyard Homes in Kitchener:

  • Can I build a backyard home on my lot?
  • Can a backyard home be fully accessible?
  • How many parking spots are required?
  • What will this cost to build?
  • What about Solar power and Net-Zero homes?
  • What makes a laneway House eco-friendly?
  • Can I get funding to make it affordable?
  • How will it adapt as our needs change?

What are some of the benefits of a Kitchener Backyard Home?

  • Multi-generational communities
  • ‘Gentlefication’ of neighbourhoods
  • Flexible and independent space
  • Supplemental rental income
  • Re-use of social infrastructure
  • Guest House


Backyard Homes are new in Kitchener, though we have several Laneway suites underway in Toronto. Below are three prototypical designs for Laneway Houses that we have developed.  What’s different about our research is our core focus on green design.

In particular, we are showing that Net-Zero and low-carbon laneway houses are not only possible, but practical to build, and that even a Passive House or Living Building Challenge certified ultra green laneway house can be achieved.