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They’re Coming Anyways; Put Some Thought Into an In-Law Home Addition

January 12, 2018 9:44 pm

They come for visits, whether you want them to or not. And there’s a good chance you may end up taking care of them in their twilight years. You’re going to deal with your in-laws for the rest of their lives. Have you put any thought into an in-law suite? You can find a lot of convenience and even cost savings. However, you’ll want to consider a few things before you call your contractor to build that home addition.

Check Your Local Codes

Depending on your local building codes, you may have to work within regulations to build your home addition. Often, when you’re trying to get permits for a home addition, you are expected a bedroom, bath, small kitchen, and a sitting area. Also, if you add a full kitchen, or build your in-law suite separate from your main home, you’ll need more permits. Sometimes, because of zoning rules that keep residential areas from building properties for rent, you wont be able to build a separate home addition.

You may want to consider the requirements for other things you’ll want when building your home addition separately. You may need to live on the property where you’re building your in-law suite. Additionally, you may also need an outside entrance into your home addition, separate from the main house. Most municipalities allow up to three total plumbing connections on your one sewer permit, so you shouldn’t have an issue with separate water and sewer connections. Finally, you might want access to off-street parking, like an additional garage or driveway.

Pick Where You Want Your In-Law Home Addition

Much like real estate, your in-law suite is all about the location. You could turn almost any unused part of your house into an in-law suite. You could convert your garage or attic, or you could even turn your porch into the in-law suite. If you’re not adding an unattached apartment, you should consider an unused or underused bedroom on the first floor. This way your home addition is convenient when you’re caring for them in their twilight years.

You’ll Want Separate Utilities for Your In-Law Suite

You should keep your utilities separate for a few reasons. This way, you can turn your utilities off if the home addition goes unused for a long time. And, if you end up renting it out to someone else in the future, it will be easier to manage the bills.

Consider Your Parents’ or In-Laws Current and Future Needs for this Home Addition

Even if your parents and in-laws don’t need wheelchair accessibility now, they may down the road. As you build your home addition for them, you have the best opportunity to prepare for the future. Install grab-bars in the bath, pull-out drawers, shower seats, and anything else you think your in-laws will need out of their home.

Choose an Experienced Contractor

Look for a contractor that has experience with home additions, or home building if you’re constructing an unattached apartment. You don’t want an inexperienced contractor building a permanent home addition for you.

When you’re ready to build your home addition, or you’re looking to build a new home, Chetty Builders can help you from the beginning of the process to the end. Call (610) 444-8880 Ext 105, email, or Contact Us by the website to start your journey.

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