Calgary Infills Guide – Backyard Suite Info session, workshop and tour.

I Are you interested in building a backyard suite, but don’t know where to start? Calgary Backyard Suites is holding a workshop and tour to teach Calgarians everything they need to know about building in their backyards. On October 7th, learn the rules/regulations, process to build, financing options, and design considerations from the City of Calgary, experienced builders, suite owners, and other industry professionals.

Cap off the workshop with Calgary Backyard Suites’ Tour on October 19th! See inside 5 different backyard suites to get inspired for your own suite project.

This evening event covers everything from rules and regulations, City bylaws, and costs, to challenges, and the building process. Information presented at this workshop will help you save time, money, and headaches if you decide to build a suite. The value of preparing to develop your property by connecting with experts, and other homeowners who have built Backyard Suites cannot be overstated.

In summary, we will be covering the following topics:

  • Intro to Backyard Suites

Hear from Ashley Salvador, Alberta’s leading backyard housing expert, about the ways backyard suites are helping Albertans live more flexible and fulfilling lives.

  • Rules, Regulations, Zoning and the Permitting Process

The City of Calgary will be presenting the latest Backyard Suite rules & regulations. You’ll learn what types of lots can accommodate a Backyard Suite, what rules your suite must conform to, how big it can be, how it can be oriented, etc.

  • Backyard Suite Owners Panel Discussion

Learn from everyday homeowners who have gone through the process of building a Backyard Suite. Our panelists will be sharing tips, tricks, challenges, and benefits associated with building a Backyard Suite. The panel will be an interactive Q&A style discussion.

  • Financing Your Suite

Hear the options for financing a backyard suite from a Mortgage and Finance specialist, and receive a budget template.

  • The Appraisal and Resale Value of Backyard Suites

Any significant project on your property has the potential to change the value of your site. Learn about value, appraisal, and unique properties in Calgary.

  • Builder/Designer Showcase

You’ll have the opportunity to get to know Calgary’s leading Backyard Suite builders and designers. Several different builders and designers will each give a short presentation on their work and what their business can offer you.

  • Builder/Designer Panel Discussion

Learn about the value that experienced builders offer homeowners when building in the lane as these leading builders and designers discuss some of the unique aspects of backyard housing projects.


  • Post Workshop Networking

We invite you to stick around after the formal part of the event to mix, mingle, and ask questions of industry experts and speakers. If you have any lingering questions, or want to set up a following-up meeting with an industry expert, now is a great time to do so

W Workshop Details are as follows:
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE)

Introduction from Ashley Salvador/”Suites 101″
City of Calgary – Rules, Regulations, Permitting
Owners Panel Discussion (5 suite owners)
Financing a Suite – Sheryl Beaver, ATB
Value/Appraisal of a Suite – Laura Christie, Royal Le Page
Builder/Designer Showcase
  1. Calgary Home Renovations by Aspire
  2. Modern Huts
  3. Alloy Homes
  5. Stonebridge
Builder/Designer Panel Discussion
Closing & Open Networking

Calgary Backyard Suites Tour Tickets are sold separately, available at:

Take a trip around Calgary visiting a diverse selection of Backyard Suites. On this Calgary Backyard Suite Tour you will be able to visit 5-6 different Backyard Suites on a self-guided tour. At each suite, you can have discussions with Backyard Suite owners or builders, to learn from their experience building a suite in Calgary.

It can be hard to imagine what the inside of a Backyard Suite can look like. Get a feel for different designs, layouts, and floor plans first hand. This is a fun-filled event to cap off Calgary Backyard Suites Workshop, and a great opportunity to get inspired about what you could build in your own backyard.

Tour booklets will be emailed out 2-3 days before the tour. Booklets contain the locations and descriptions of each of the suites.


Is this a self-guided tour?

Yes. This is a self-guided tour. You can visit as many suites as you like in whatever order you like.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for my partner or child?

Tickets are purchased on an individual basis, not per family or vehicle. Children under 12 do not require a ticket.

When do I get my tour booklet?

Tour booklets will be sent out 2-3 days prior to the tour. Booklets will contain addresses/locations of each suite and short descriptions of each suite.

What are my parking options at the suites?

Please do not park in the alley. Park on the side streets, and walk down the alley to access the suites.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Ashley at or call 780-722-5699.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but all suites will have a list of attendees. You will be required to check in at each suite you visit.