The Sandwich Generation Discovers In-Law Suites

Millions of Americans today are calling themselves the Sandwich Generation — sandwiched between caring for both their children and aging parents. They are generally in their 40s and 50s, still working, and meeting the tough demands of a multi-generational caregiver. This generation has gotten the message that perhaps our parents should not go to a nursing or retirement home. They will be better cared for by loved ones. Also, housing for seniors, like assisted living has also become quite expensive. The solution: more and more homeowners are converting their houses into multigenerational homes for themselves and their aging parents. It’s called an in-law suite. In this area, the best company to call for advice to create an in-law suite is Glickman/Design Remodel Build.

What is an In-Law Suite

Glickman will show you that there’s no strict definition of an in-law suite. Generally, it’s a private living area within a house. Many architects say it should have a full bathroom and a door that separates it from the rest of the home. Some designers say the private area should also have a separate entrance and kitchen, especially when the living situation will be long-term. Whether your vision is simple or complex, the experts at Glickman have built many in-law suites in this area so they will know the local planning and subdivision regulations.

Our experience has shone us that building an In-Law suite adds peace of mind, potential savings and investment value, flexibility and emotional reward. It’s an undertaking that’s worth the effort.

In-Law Suite and Home Renovation by Glickman|Design Remodel Build

Where to start an in-law addition?

In your first meeting, the careful planners at Glickman will assess your home to determine the best possible spaces for the in-law suite. For some homes, over the garage or a porch area that can be enclosed and transformed into living space are two possibilities, basements can also be used if they have adequate outside egress.
Combining two bedrooms to create a suite is another possibility.

Every home is different and needs vary. Usually, there are many good solutions depending on living situations now and future concerns. Also remember, an in-law suite in this area could enhance sales appeal and increase your property value. As you think about your parents’ future or those of your in-laws some initial planning with Glickman can ensure both you and your loved ones are comfortable, independent and safe.

Private Bathrooms

A private bathroom is a staple of any in-law suite. Each family is different, and elderly parents dealing with specific health concerns will be a challenge. But remember that the occupants of the suite may change, so keep the basic design and include all safety features.

The room should have the necessary supports in the walls for easy installation of handles, grab bars or safety bars at a later time. Pedestal sinks are attractive and easy to use for people with wheelchairs. Adjustable height vanities can be raised or lowered. Choose tubs that are wide enough to handle special lift seats in the future and dedicated outlets that can power a lift chair or other safety equipment. You can eliminate the tub and choose curb-less showers that are easy to use for people with limited mobility.

Kitchen Updates for In-Laws

A great addition to an in-law suite is a kitchen or kitchenette. This allows whoever is staying there to maintain some privacy, have their own space for preparing meals, and maintain independence. Choose raised cabinets with additional kick space underneath. Look for multi-level, pullout counters that can be used by people in walkers or wheelchairs. Faucets with motion sensors are also a smart investment. Induction cooktops are easy to use and safer. Look for wall ovens that can be mounted at a height that’s comfortable for people in wheelchairs. Choose base cabinets featuring drawers that pull out rather than cavernous cabinet spaces. All of these additions make the kitchen more functional for aging family members. The designers at Glickman will help you determine what is best and most comfortable fit for you.

Plan, Design and Create In-Law Suite Today!
Glickman, the leading group for home additions, provides customers in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and the Maryland area with everything they need to create in-law suites to help aging parents live better. We are so proud to lead with our creativity, design and forward-thinking to help you love and enjoy your home even more. That’s why so many homeowners have called on us to start their interior design process.  

Glickman was built on a foundation of integrity, care, and understanding. From day one our mission has been to provide superior design, remodel and construction services to customers that value their fine homes. For over 40 years we’ve strived to exceed expectations focused on professionalism, clear communication, quality, craftsmanship and meeting unique needs. For all your additions, renovations and remodeling needs, Glickman|Design Remodel Build is the right choice. If you’d like to discuss a new project with a knowledgeable consultant, you can contact us on or website or call one of the phone numbers below:

Maryland: (301) 444-4663
Virginia: (703) 832-8159
Washington, DC: (202) 792-7320