What Is a Mother-in-Law Suite?

Many households are cohabiting across several generations by choice or by necessity, and that’s generated significant interest in the home additions or renovations known as mother-in-law suites. 

In fact, as of 2019, 20% of Americans lived with two or more adult generations in a single household, compared to just 12% in 1980.

What exactly is a mother-in-law suite?
All jokes aside, a mother-in-law-suite is a private living area within a home designed as a separate living space to provide comfort and privacy for the occupant. These dwellings vary widely depending on the needs of the resident, but they typically include at least one bedroom and bathroom. They can also include a few creature comforts of home, such as a separate entrance, kitchen, and living room. These conveniences are a big bonus, especially if the living situation is going to be long-term. Many of the suites are configured in lower levels of homes that have walk-out basements with an exterior door.

ADU’s & More!
Glickman|Design Remodel Build is one of the first Design/Build contractors in our region to design an ADU or accessory dwelling unit. Often called “granny flats”, an ADU is an adjacent structure with electricity and plumbing that’s located on your property. These ADU’s are becoming so popular that they are acquiring nick names of their own like: “she-sheds” and “rustic man caves”.

Another common way to add a mother-in-law suite is to renovate an underutilized space in the home. A very popular option has been utilizing the garage space. This can be an ideal scenario because a garage is typically either off to one side of the existing home or detached completely. “We often hear from our clients that comfort and privacy are what they are looking for in mother-in-law suites,” says Russ Glickman, “and reconfiguring the garage meets both of those needs.”

What is the appeal of a mother-in-law suite?
One of the biggest reasons to build a mother- in -law addition is to save money, but there are plenty of other added benefits, like spending more time together. Grandparents may even enjoy the role of “on-call babysitter” to spend more time with their grandchildren.

Multigenerational Floorplans & Flex Space
At Glickman|Design Remodel Build we will work with you to design specific floor plans to accommodate multiple generations under one roof. But these “Multi-Gen” designs can be so much more! If you work from home, and so many of us are now doing that, and you’re in dire need of some separation between home life and work life, a mother-in-law suite may be perfect for you. A mother-in-law suite can give you a separate workspace and needed amenities without actually leaving your house.

Mother-In-Law suite = ROI
If you decide to add a mother-in-law suite for an elderly parent or as a sleek home office, when you go to sell your home, current trends are showing that you’ll find families looking for homes like these, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the return on investment.

If you are considering adding a mother-in-law addition, “She-Shed”, “Rustic Man Cave” or ADU, some or all of the above 😉 , then call or contact the experts at Glickman|Design Remodel Build. We have over 40 year experience in the DMV designing and building additions that truly will make the house you live in, Yours.

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