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Home Remodeling: Mother-in-Law Suite Building Tips

Multi-generational homes are the norm rather than the exception to housing rules. Homes with mother-in-law suites are in high demand, but can be unaffordable. Making a few changes in your current home and re-configuring existing floor space can be an affordable home remodeling project that will provide the needed space for multi-generational housing.

Remodel the Home’s Floor Plan to Create More Living Space

Save money on home remodeling by looking for ways to remodel existing floor space instead of building on additional rooms. Can walls be removed, added or re-configured to create a separate living space? Can a sunroom, home office, basement or garage be remodeled into a useable living space? When erecting walls inside the existing home to create a separate living space or bedroom for a mother-in-law suite, use good quality insulation to provide soundproofing.

Home Remodeling to Include Another Bathroom

Having enough bathrooms to accommodate the multiple generations living under the same roof always tops the home remodeling priority list. Adding another bathroom will be expensive, requiring permits and the services of a plumber, however, a strategically placed, well designed bathroom will greatly increase the value of the existing home and the building expense will be recouped in the event the home is sold in the future.

To minimize the expense of including another bathroom in the home remodeling project, find a location for the new bathroom that is near existing plumbing. If the home remolding project needs to include a separate kitchen in the mother-in-law suite, positioning it near the new bathroom plumbing will help keep the remodeling costs down.

Create a Separate Entrance to the Home

Having a separate entrance into the home provides a sense of independence and allows for the members of the multi-generational home to come and go as they please. If the home already has a separate entrance, the addition of a few interior walls may be all that’s needed to create a separation of living spaces. If the home will need a separate entranceway added, position the new the entrance way to allow easy access to walkways and parking. If the home remodeling budget allows, the addition of a small seating area and landscaping around the new entrance will add value to the home and be aesthetically pleasing.

The number of homes housing more than two generations has risen dramatically in recent years, and with no decline in those numbers on the economic horizon, home remodeling to include a mother-in-law suite is a sound home investment. Use these tips to lower the cost of home remodeling and to increase the value of the home.

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