Monday, November 21, 2016

Why an In-Law Suite Makes Sense for Your Next Home Addition Project

As the name suggests, an in-law suite provides you with the space you need to accommodate your in-laws when they come to visit. In-law suite home additions have recently grown in popularity because of the multiple benefits they offer, including improved functionality, maximized space, and better home value.

An in-law suite commonly features a bedroom, a bathroom, and a small kitchen. Design can vary greatly, depending on your needs and preferences. You can choose to have your suite as part of the house or separate from it. You can even create your in-law suite from a basement, garage, or attic that you’re not using.

Where to start

To choose the ideal in-law suite design, you need to put into consideration the people who will be using it. How old and how mobile are they? Depending on the age and vigor of your in-laws, you may have to make your home addition more accessible by incorporating features that are easy to use for people of all ages, such as easy-open doors or hand-held shower heads. Choose a design and features based on preferences and needs of the person who will live in the addition.

Finding the space

With the design and features identified, you’ll be better informed to assess your home and determine where to best build your in-law suite. Don’t limit yourself to what’s inside the home— you can have an open garage or porch area enclosed to transform the space into the in-house suite you need. You can also move rooms around—perhaps you can build your suite in your living room and move the latter elsewhere.

Preparing for changes

Keep in mind that the occupants of the suite may change, so it’s best to stay basic with the elements and avoid too much customization to keep it attractive for possible occupants.

It can help to involve the help of a professional remodeler early on to ensure you exhaust and maximize your home addition options.


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