The In-Law Addition

August 26, 2016

Like most families in the sandwich generation, we have aging parents who no longer need their large home. Your mom or dad may be fit and active, but you want to keep them close by, or it may just make economical sense to combine households. If you have a home like most homes in our area, you have a colonial style house, where all of the bedrooms are on the second floor. This does not bode well for someone needing first floor accommodations. Consider an in-law addition!


Image via Metzler Home Builders


-Most in-law additions are built to the side or rear of the home, as you see in the picture above. By doing this, it allows for first floor living, and to still be within reach of the rest of the family.  



Image via FOUR POINT Design+Construction Inc.


-The wonderful part of the connection, or breezeway, that connects the two houses above, is that it allows the in-laws and you your privacy. This can be very important when dealing with new living arrangements.  



Image via Mark Jordan Architecture & Design


-As you can see with the before and after photos above, adding on to the back of the home is not complicated, if there is enough room to build the new structure. 



Image via Kelly Baron


-Adding on an addition is also the perfect time to consider shared outdoor space. As you can see with the After photo above, a new stone patio was added so that the addition does not seem like an afterthought. 


Image via Clawson Architects, LLC



Image via Clawson Architects, LLC



-The In-Law Addition can match the style of the existing home, or not. It is recommended though, that you consult the opinion of your in-laws if it will be their permanent home. 


Image via Hatchett Design Remodel


-With 3D drawing software, you can get a first hand look at what the interior of the addition will look like. It gives you and you loved an opportunity to decide placement of the room before the build even begins. 



Image via All Georgia Realty





Image via Masterpiece Design/Build



-The In-Law Addition typically resembles a nicely thought out apartment. They are usually designed to be for 1-2 people, with a kitchenette, open floor plan, one bedroom and bathroom, with the option for a standing washer and dryer. 


Image via Masterpiece Design/Build




Image via Sybil Jane Barrido, ASID, CID - SJVD DESIGN



-The In-Law Addition can very comfortable for your loved ones. By creating a private space, that still allows for being close by, this addition is the perfect solution to changes in everyday life. 


Interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page.   

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