The Mortgage Helper

project Info

  • Construction Date

    Completed February 2020

  • Category

    Renovations

The addition of a legal suite to your existing home can be one of two things:
1) A mortgage helper
2) An in-law suite for your aging parents

This project in North Vancouver was not only the addition of this valuable space, but an upgrade and renovation of the existing space in the basement. The addition is a one-story, two-bedroom with ensuite, legal suite with private access. There were two other bathrooms added as well as substantial renovations/upgrades to the other rooms in the basement.

The process started with the excavation and preparation for the addition. Major upgrades included the integration of the services and drainage for the addition and the existing home.

The addition is approximately 800 sq. ft. and includes the Master Bedroom, ensuite and walk-in closet as well as a large open area with a kitchen and space for dining and living. There is a laundry room in this space as well as a Valor L1 fireplace with Heatshift. The vaulted ceiling has two large skylights. The kitchen has four appliances including a gas range.

Renovating the existing basement allowed for the development of a “flex” bedroom and bathroom that can be accessed by the tenants of the legal suite, turning that space into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. Many improvements to this existing space including adding two bathrooms, upgrading the water supply and venting as well as substantial cosmetic updates. Improvements to the drywall and paint in the space. Additional insulation was placed in the ceiling cavity to improve the soundproofing for the upper floor. A covered entrance was added to the basement entry as well as upgrades to the existing deck and upper floor entry.