What is a Carriage House?

A carriage house, also called remise or coach house, is an outbuilding which was originally built to house horse- 

drawn carriages and the related tack.


Horse-drawn carriages are much less common now than in previous times, creating very little need in the modern

world for true carriage houses. Accordingly, many carriage houses have been modified to other uses such as 

secondary suites, guest houses, automobilegarages, offices, workshops, retail shops, bars, restaurants, or storage

buildings. However, such structures are still often called carriage houses in deference to their original function and

regardless of their current use.


Today, with high-density housing becoming a solution to affordable housing in BC, we can see an influx of carriage

homes being built throughout Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Not only do these homes provide a more

affordable means of owning a detached home, since they are generally on smaller lots and are therefore priced

lower than most newly constructed single family homes, the secondary suite effectively becomes a mortgage helper,

proving additional rent income that can be applied to your mortgage payment. Carriages homes provide a great

opportunity to get into the real estate market affordably and to reap the rewards from an investment or rental property.


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