In-Law or Granny Units
By Dan Gregory, Originally Published in Eye On Design
A very helpful introduction to the growing trend of building backyard cottages.
The cleverly titled In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats, by Michael Litchfield, a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding magazine, is a
comprehensively illustrated guide to the design and building of backyard
cottages and additions for aging in place. Interviews with families who
have completed this process show that the trend is well under way. A
thoughtfully designed in-law unit or granny flat makes it possible for
seniors to live near family members without losing their independence.
Communities across the country are changing their zoning laws to allow
the greater density that backyard cottages produce. The changes are long
overdue. Chapters range from basement remodels and garage conversions
to stand-alone structures — with a wide variety of case studies for each
type of dwelling unit. For more ideas take a look at our plans by Larson Shores, Nir Pearlson, Bruce Tolar, and Marianne Cusato.