A compact backyard cottage for in-laws or other relatives allows complete independence. Plan 890-3 by Nir Pearlson.
If you want your new home to accommodate in-laws or other long term guests, consider these basic options.1.
Build a plan that includes a separate guest suite that can double as an in-law unit. For example: Plan 479-8
puts the in-law/guest suite between the garage and the rest of the house, so there is a feeling of independence and the potential for a separate entry. Pan 56-565
makes the in-law suite accessible from the hall off the kitchen and the mud room off the garage.Plan 493-1
includes a master suite on each of its three floors, along with an elevator, so the ground floor suite isn't the only option for aging relatives.2.
Build a duplex plan where the separate unit has a full kitchen and living area. For example:Plan 23-2195
is a traditional design with an in-law unit that is a smaller version of the main house.Plan 549-5
is a modern version of the duplex idea.3.
Build a separate backyard cottage or in-law unit. For example:Plan 507-1
is designed specifically for aging in place, all on one level with built-in grab rails and no steps. The deck by the front door is only one step above grade and inlcude a ramp.Plan 890-3
, shown at the top of this post, is a compact two-story backyard cottage.