Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of foundation do you use?

Copp’s Backyard Homes can be built on 4 different foundation options: Full Basement (unfinished), crawlspace foundation, slab-on-grade foundation or helical piles. Each of these construction methods have different costs and benefits depending on your project.

How do you hook up electricity, water and sanitary? Who takes care of that?

CBYH is responsible for the hydro, water & sanitary hookups for the backyard home from the existing home. Our team will plan and execute how to service the backyard home, taking the stress and complexity out of the project for you. Each project we do is unique and we price each job individually, hookups are not included in our starting price. We recommend our customers to budget $10k – $15k for this. It is important to remember that any additional services such as cable TV or internet are also at the expense of the home owner.

How does the timeline work?

The timeline will vary per project. Projects typically take between 90-150 days after a building permit is issued to be completed. While construction delays can happen, we are committed to providing a quick and easy install process for our customers.

What is the cost of each model?

The following costs are starting prices for our Backyard Homes. These prices do not include the costs of site prep as well as servicing hookups. Please note that Appliances and Furnishings are also not included.

Model 395 – starting price of $140,000
Model 540 – starting price of $170,000
Model 720 – starting price of $200,000
Model 800 – starting price of $220,000

Do you contract everything out from A to Z or is the customer in charge of something?

The building of your Backyard Home is the responsibility of our team of trusted contractors and tradespeople. A service that is not in our scope of work is any “site preparation” work that might need to be done. An example of this would be removal of a shed where the backyard home is being built.

What type of heating and cooling do you install?

Our standard model for heating and cooling is an electric heat pump and baseboard heaters. This is included in the price. Electric heat is eco-friendly, economical to operate, and provides consistent heating of the backyard home without the swings in temperature some gas furnaces experience.

What type of insulation do you use?

Temperatures in Ontario can range from +30 in the summer to -30 in the winter. When designing our Backyard homes we made yearlong comfort a priority. Our models are built to strict Ontario Building Code standards or in some cases above. Typically we use a combination of spray foam, batt insulation & blow-in insulation.

What construction methods do you use?

Our Backyard Homes are built like new build homes, built to Ontario Building Code Standard or Higher. The models are all constructed out of wood. A big part of the construction depends on the access to your backyard. If access is limited or restricted, the home will likely be “stick framed” on site. If we have clearer access then we will use pre-fabricated panel sections that will be assembled on site.

Do you give options of colour for siding and doors? Is customization available?

Yes, while our units are not 100% customizable we have a number of “standard” exterior packages. This includes premium James Hardie siding in different colour schemes. Customization beyond our designer curated colour combinations is available. This option is an upgrade beyond our standard pricing, and is quoted on a per job basis.

What are the flooring options?

We offer a selection of colours in LVP (luxury vinyl plank). LVP is highly durable, water resistant and comfortable underfoot. Like many of our options, upgrades beyond our standard is available.


Why Choose a Copp’s Backyard Home?

Experience, industry experts, and a name Southwestern Ontario has trusted for over 145 years are all reasons you should choose Copp’s Backyard Homes to execute your project. There’s an estimated 3000+ decisions that go into building a home. With Copp’s Backyard Homes, we’re simplifying that process so you can get a beautiful backyard home without the stress of traditional home building.