The Mother-in-Law Suite

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An Amazing Garage Conversion

This garage conversion was to provide a home for this family’s mother-in-law. suite for Miss Kareen. She wanted to live close to her family’s farm, but still have her own space. Complete with full kitchen that is the envy of the son-in-law, which includes movable kitchen island, modern appliances, and ample room for making her famous cookies.

We created the attached space as a private retreat that she can call home, complete with a full bathroom and bedroom. Kareen is an artist we made sure the livingroom had enough space for her studio.

This suite is located on the family farm, check out that view and the porch extension. Take me to the country!

Why Add an In-Law Suite to Your Home?

One common reason to add an in-law suite to your home is to provide a comfortable and convenient living space for aging parents or other family members. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, many families choose to live together in multigenerational settings. An in-law suite can provide the extra space needed to accommodate everyone comfortably.

In addition to the personal and familial benefits of having an in-law suite, there are financial and real estate considerations. Adding an in-law suite can increase your home’s value, making it a smart investment. Plus, according to a report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 39% of home buyers said they would prefer a home designed for multiple generations.

Further, an in-law suite can be a cost-effective alternative to paying for senior care or moving long-distance to be closer to aging parents. Considering that assisted living facilities charge an average of $54,000 per year, spending $40,000–$125,000 to build an in-law suite makes financial sense. It can also serve as an income source if you rent it out when it is not occupied by a family member.

Quote from This Old House

Images of the Final Garage Conversion

two adult women beside each other


written by Tom Bills

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The trend of adding a Mother-in-law suite is rapidly growing in the US, particularly among baby boomers, as reported by various national news sources like USA Today, MSN, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. This trend is steadily increasing and is expected to continue, as families consider options for caring for aging parents. Building or buying a home with a mother-in-law suite often proves to be the most suitable solution for both the elderly parent and the caregiving family.

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