An in-law suite is a common term for a small dwelling on your property where guests and in-laws can stay. Sometimes these spaces are separate from the house, while others are an addition to the main living space. Some homeowners even remodel their homes or turn their unfinished basement into in-law suites. But, no matter where you decide to put one, an in-law suite has some basic needs. So, here are some of the main recommendations our team at Sunset Builders, Inc. suggests for homeowners.
A Full Bathroom
An in-law suite should have a full bathroom, no matter how many times you use it. Putting in a full bathroom now means you won’t have to deal with a remodel later on down the road when your aging mother or father needs to move in. By putting in a full bathroom over a half-bath, you guarantee a comfortable stay for your guests. You also ensure they don’t disturb the rest of the household for the middle-of-the-night run to the toilet. Additionally, planning for the full bath now could save you some significant cash as prices can always change in the future.
While it may seem like an obvious feature, you’d be surprised to know that not many people think about the closet or storage space when planning out their in-law suite. A closet in the bedroom gives your guests a place to store their belongings while they stay with you. If you’re renting out this space, not having a closet could be a deterring factor. Additionally, when your in-law suite isn’t in use, this extra closet space could be used for regular storage, or be a place to stash the kids’ Christmas gifts every year!
A Kitchen of Some Kind
You will likely not be squeezing a full-sized kitchen into an in-law suite, but if you want it to truly feel like a separate portion of your home, then it needs its own kitchen. You don’t have to go crazy with this design, but you’ll want to include a set of cabinets, a sink, a small stove, and a refrigerator. These are all the necessary items in your own kitchen and will make staying at your home even more enjoyable for guests. They’ll have their own space to eat, cook, and enjoy their morning coffee without feeling like they’re intruding in your main living areas.
Let’s Design Your In-Law Suite Today
If you’ve got aging parents and want to start planning ahead, then it’s time to call Sunset Builders, Inc. in Bedford, NH. We can help you design and create an in-law suite that meets all your current and future needs. We can remodel a basement, garage, or build a new addition entirely. It’s up to you! All you have to do is pick up the phone and dial (603) 533-7504.