Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

Oct 2015

Secondary Suites and Basement Apartments: Is Yours Legal?

By Rosario Ungaro

In our Blog Post, “12 Ways to Steer Clear of a Bad Contractor”, we wrote about a new client that came to us because her construction project had been suspended by the Building Inspector because the contractor she hired had failed to get the appropriate building permits. In this post—more of a curated piece than original work as we wanted to make sure we got it as accurate as possible—we’re going to discuss the ramifications of having, or planning to have, a secondary unit in your home—also known as a secondary suite, basement apartment, second unit, accessory apartment, in-law apartment, etc.—and why paying strict attention to adhering to all legal building and zoning requirements is so important. 

Read More


Follow by RSS 


Follow by e-Mail

* Required

Subscribe to our occasional e-mails.



outbuildings deck maintenance services wood-alternative decks crown moulding Trex cutek's naked wood stripper cabanas cinema room houzz deck preserving in-law apartment three-season rooms Deck Covers Barbecue Deck Areas AZEK Decking Sedona Barbecues by Lynx Markham Spring Home Show retractable awnings gazebos Deck maintenance award winner construction practices deck-building tips home gym deck refinishing Sun rooms Deck Safety Month pergola and arbour kits Cutek Deck Design ZipUp UnderDeck custom-built gazebos deck supplies Accessibility Renovations Hiring a Contractor Before and after NyloBoard deck sealant second units basement remodeling Composite decks 2014 trends outdoor rooms Benchmark in the Media Green Products Lynx Barbecues crown mouldings basement apartments interior trim Return on Investment Deck Furniture additions chair rails second units, secondary suites Invisirail Glass Railing Systems enclosed porches basement finishing pre-treated decks Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit Timbertech deck pricing home renovation ideas Cutek Extreme Wood Protecting Oil deck protection sheds The North American Deck and Railing Association covered porches GoliathTECH Screw Pile System glass railings Deck Accessories deck lighting RyteScape Deck Building Tips NyloDeck retractable canopies 3D Virtual Tours deck stripper Invisirail Outdoor kitchens outdoor lighting basement units NADRA ShadeFX Interior Renovations Cutek Extreme Wood Preservative in-law apartments baseboards About Benchmark door and window trim garages Decking Materials deck foundations

A word from Rosario…

Our Blog is about sharing some of what we have learned along the way. (Many contractors even call us for ideas or advice.) We hope it is informative and shows our commitment to continuous learning—something we do so we can bring the very latest and best to our customers. 

You've probably heard the phrase: 

"Some people have twenty-five years of experience. Others have one year of experience, twenty-five times over." 

If a contractor doesn't stay up-to-date on the latest building codes, trends, styles, tools, materials, and products, they'll soon find themselves in the latter category. We work hard to make sure that we are not. We regularly talk with our suppliers, go to industry trade shows, and share information and ideas with our peers to make sure that we stay on top of our game and can continue to bring you the very best in building craftsmanship and knowledge.

I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about your next building project.


Rosario Ungaro
Benchmark Building Services Inc.


Relax… we'll build it right!