Secondary suites, also known as legal suites, are becoming an increasingly popular option for the real estate and housing market in southern Ontario. As many individuals are choosing to rent instead of buy, basement apartments or secondary suites have been a way to create more housing options for people. 

Secondary, or basement suites are well-made small apartments in a single-family home. A legal suite must meet the building code for your individual city in order for it to be considered “legal”. Homeowners and investors often buy real estate intending to be able to create at least one secondary suite.

Now Is The Time To Build a Legal Suite

While 2020 definitely wasn’t the best year for creating second suites, it showed us just how necessary and awesome an income-making unit can be. Creating legal second suites is as important as finding the right tenant. From the measurements, design, utilities, and overall handling, a legal suite involves a lot of careful planning and work. 

When working with a contractor, you want to ensure you setup expectations so that the job is done right and with the correct building permit. A basement suite on your property can be an opportune way to get into the rental market and allow others to live on-site.


You need to know what you want to gain from a legal suite. Is it a rental unit or a place for the in-laws? A lot of new information has come out regarding having a legal suite. 

These units are great for the aging demographic in Ontario and it allows an investor to make money back depending on the size of the secondary units. It also allows construction companies to service and assist in planning design aspects of your units. 

This helps municipalities thrive in terms of affordable housing and may create a more diverse community.


Planning your first project can be made even easier with our renovation consulting team. At Honest Renovations in Hamilton, we want to take on as much work as possible for you and your family. Our goal is to make your life easier when building and renovating your second suite. We provide top-notch customer service to all clients, whether you’re building a legal secondary suite, renovating your kitchen, or just asking some questions. 

We want to make your property truly amazing with a second legal unit for a single person or a couple. At Honest Renovations, we take pride in the incredible renovations we’ve done in the many units and the legal second suites we’ve been able to help build across the Hamilton, Halton, and Niagara areas.

  • Cool Hamilton realtor showing spacious second suite to elegant couple


A legal suite provides the option of getting into the housing and rental market in a city you would like to explore. Our team of professional contractors starts by first assessing your home to see if it is a good fit for a second unit and we learn what you’re looking for in terms of design. 

We will help accommodate all questions and assist in the day-to-day construction of your unit, as well as ensure it fits all code requirements needed in that region. Getting a building permit and other things for your homes could be a breeze with our renovation planning team.

  • Smiling contractor discussing plans for second suite with happy Hamilton couple


Are you hoping to have a secondary suite built in your home to start making some extra income? 

We’ve been leaders in the renovation business for five years and pride ourselves on our ability to provide exceptional high-quality renovation planning and construction services to many residents across southern Ontario. We have received fantastic feedback from a wide variety of clients that we have worked with in the past. 

We offer free, no-obligation quotes to those interested in our services and interested in the Honest Renovation difference. We want to hear from you and begin working with you today!

  • Team of Hamilton renovation professionals smiling in full uniform

If you’re hoping to upgrade your home with a secondary suite, kitchen renovation, or addition, Honest Renovations in Hamilton, Ontario is here to help. Our team of professional and experienced contractors are ready, willing, and able to help your renovation and rental dreams come true. 

Contact us today so that we may come and assess and learn about your property. Our team will provide you with a free no-obligation quote for a legal suite so that you can get a sense of what your budget might look like. 

We’re honest with our estimates and work to meet any budget for a variety of homes when building a legal suite. We are totally transparent about the cost of completing a legal suite and there will be no surprise fees. We look forward to working with you on your dream legal suite!

Get a free no-obligation quote today!

We’re proud to provide service to customers throughout Hamilton, Hamilton Mountain, Flamborough, , Oakville, Stoney Creek, Mississauga, Niagara, and Dundas!

Call Honest Renovations at (289) 260 – 2462 or fill out a request for a quote.