Here are Home Architect Studio, the following five points for In-Law suites designs should be checked.
1. Check Local Building Codes
Before you begin, check with your town on local building codes because this can limit what you can do with your addition. Most zoning rules limit additions to having a bedroom, bath, sitting area and kitchenette. A great starting point may be a local property zoning review.
2. Choose a Location
With the type of space you want to build in mind, it’s time to look around your home for the best place to build, convert or add on. Local building department permitting, you can transform your garage or porch area to an enclosed dwelling. If you’re looking to create a new addition to your house, look for an area along the first floor next to a room you underutilized and can use a space near an existing bathroom. If you convert existing rooms, you can combine two rooms to make a suite. A home project review may be able to help.
3. Separate Utilities
You may want to consider keeping your addition on its own separate power, plumbing, heat and A/C source. It will help in the future should you decide to charge an occupant rent, and more importantly, you can shut the unit down when it’s not being lived in.
4. Keep your In-Law Suite Occupants in Mind
When laying out the floor plans for your addition and choosing what kind of addition to create, keep the ones who will be living there in mind.
- Will they need wider doors and hallways?
- Assistance enabled baths with handles and stylish guardrails?
- Non-slip flooring and no-curb showers?
Even if your parents or in-laws are physically active now, they may need help from time to time in the future. This also goes for how much privacy and independence they desire. If you want to spend a lot of time together, maybe you can forgo a kitchen or sitting area and share the communal ones. Or maybe they would prefer an entirely separate living arrangement. It’s up to your family.
5. Enjoy Your In-Law Suite Family members
Having a parent move in with you may seem challenging at first, but many families who are interviewed say it’s been a blessing and many wish they’d done it sooner. Yes there are the financial benefits of cut care costs, but the biggest benefit is spending more time with your entire family and taking care of those who once took care of you.
Professional In-Law Suite Experts
For a remodeling project of this magnitude, you will want to work with true professionals. Home Architect Studio is a family-owned architecture and construction management company that prides itself on our excellent customer satisfaction.
We work with you to create unique designs that focus on your family’s personality and lifestyle, while being made to last and to meet the highest quality standards. Every design we create will take your home life into account, and create a seamless flow with your existing construction.