In-Law Suites

According to estimates, one-fifth of the American population currently resides in households with multiple generations. While the aging demographic presents its own difficulties, accommodating your family members in your residence does not have to be one of them.

Senior women enjoying a custom in-law suite

Choices for Family

There are several choices available when considering accommodating elderly family members. One option is to expand the current living space to accommodate them. Another option is to rearrange the existing space to optimize accessibility, privacy, and functionality of the in-law suite. Alternatively, you could also build a completely separate living area on your property specifically tailored to meet their requirements and preferences.

First State Building & Design team will work with you to determine what accessibilities you’ll need for adding a living space for seniors or others that require accommodations. 

Factors to Consider for an In-Law Suite

When planning an in-law suite addition, take these ideas into consideration:

  • Creating a space that allows both convenience and privacy.
  • Wider doorways to provide accessibility of wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Bath and shower doors that swing open for easy entry and exit; zero entry no lip designs that reduce the hazard of tripping.
  • Installation of lever door handles and grab bars to help seniors get around.
  • Maximizing existing plumbing, electrical and HVAC arrangements.

You want your in-laws to be comfortable while enjoying their new space. Let FSBD help you. FSBD can provide the right guidance and assistance to properly plan out and construct your space.

FAQ about In-law Suites

An in-law suite is a self-contained living space within a home, designed for accommodating family members, such as parents or in-laws, while providing them with privacy and independence.

An in-law suite typically includes a bedroom, bathroom, living area, and sometimes a kitchenette. It may have its own entrance for added privacy.

Consider features like wider doorways, lever-style handles, grab bars in the bathroom, and a step-free entrance. Ensure that the design allows for easy navigation by individuals with mobility challenges.

The kitchenette can be a scaled-down version of a kitchen, with essential appliances like a small refrigerator, microwave, and possibly a cooktop. Consider the needs of the occupants and available space.

While a separate entrance is not mandatory, it is a common feature for providing privacy and independence to the occupants of the in-law suite.

Design elements such as soundproofing insulation, separate HVAC systems, and thoughtful placement of doors and walls can help ensure privacy for both the main home and the in-law suite.

Yes, you can convert an existing space, such as a basement, garage, or a separate wing of the house, into an in-law suite. However, it may involve remodeling to meet local building codes and zoning requirements.

Use energy-efficient windows and doors, install proper insulation, and consider energy-efficient appliances. Separate heating and cooling systems for the in-law suite can also contribute to energy efficiency.

Let us show you how you can make the most of your house with a renovation that’s ideal for your family. Contact First State Building & Design today.