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Home Within a Home

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Interested in building a Multi-Generational home? Click here for latest pricing information and to discuss the prospect of building a Home Within a Home Design in our of our communities or on your own land.

An innovative new concept from Metric Homes

From the outside, you are looking at a large single family home that blends into the subdivision it is built in. What you are really seeing though, are two completely separate dwellings with their own private entrances, including common areas between them. You are looking at a concept pioneered in Ottawa by Metric Homes: The Home Within A Home. This concept allows two family units to live independently of each other in the same home because each dwelling has its own electrical, water and heating system. There is also fireproofing between each home for added security.

The two homes in one advantage

By pooling resources, Multi-Generational families can live in a neighbourhood that may be beyond their reach otherwise. Backyard amenities (e.g. decks, pools) can be shared from a cost and maintenance perspective. The older generation may not want to live in an “adult lifestyle” community and can continue to live independently while having the comfort of knowing that help is next door. Grandparents see more of their grandchildren, and parents wishing to travel have the added security of not leaving their home empty for weeks or even months at a time. This concept offers the best of both worlds: the opportunity for quality family time while still enjoying privacy and independence. Regardless of the reasons, a Home Within A Home provides a greater sense of family for all generations!

These Multi-Generational homes are great for family living but they can also be a valuable income property. The secondary dwelling can be rented out as an independent home, providing a steady rental income.


There are different ways to achieve a Home Within A Home. From a two-storey home with an attached bachelor apartment or bungalow, to two completely separate but attached two-storey family homes, the Home Within A Home concept is a way for you and your family to assist each other in achieving your dream lifestyle in your dream location. We have several different designs including plans that fit on all of our lot sizes.

Not fully looking for a Home Within a Home, take a look at our Two Storey Designs that include a main floor bedroom and bathroom offering more independent living.

As with all Metric homes, we work with you to custom design your dream home. Click on the link below for some design inspiration.

View our Estate Home Within a Home designs

View our Urban Home Within a Home designs