Sometimes, You've Gotta Build

Add A Custom In-Law Suite To Your Property

An aging-in-place specialist, a custom home builder, and a designer are three people who you can aid you in planning and building an in-law suite. Use your current and future living status and professional assistance to help you formulate custom plans that will accommodate your extended family's needs.

A Cohesive Family Unit

Aging relatives have the option of remaining in their homes, moving to an assisted or retirement community, or moving onto a younger generation's property. Limited mobility or failing health could deter your loved one from remaining in their home.

If the cost of living in an assisted living or retirement community is high, moving your family members onto your property may be preferred. A basement or a garage can be transformed into an in-law suite. A suite can also be added to the side of your home or can be built separately from your residence.

Function And Style

An aging-in-place specialist and a designer can aid with drawing up plans that will fit your budget. Having upgrades made to your property will be a one-time cost. The addition of an in-law suite will increase the value of your property and will ensure that your aging relatives will have a secure place to live for the rest of their lives.

Handicap features are commonly added to residential units that will be supportive of an aging person's mobility and safety needs. Stainless steel handrails, a ramp, and a stair lift are some custom products that can be included in the suite's design.

If your relatives wish to remain as independent as possible, they will need to be supplied with a bedroom, a kitchen/kitchenette, a living room, and a bathroom. A separate entrance can be added to the side of your residence where an addition will be constructed.

If your home builder has advised against building onto the existing structure and recommends that either the garage is converted or a separate living unit is constructed on your land, you may need to configure where everyone will park. Your aging relatives may still be healthy enough to drive. If so, you may need to add a separate driveway on your land.

Electricity requirements are another detail that your home builder may address. If you would like to keep your in-law suite's electric system separate from your own, an electrician will need to be hired to install residential wiring that is essential for electrical hookups.