Inside the Inspired In-Law Cottage

By Dan Gregory, Originally Published in Eye On Design

The modern version of the Inspired In-law Cottage.


Here's a look at the Inspired In-Law Cottage designed by Larson Shores Architects. It is our Plan 507-1 -- a backyard cottage that supports senior independence through thoughtful design, making it possible for multiple generations to live together comfortably.The 538 sq. ft. home consists of a living/dining/kitchenette, a hall, bathroom, and bedroom, with a small deck at the front.


A ten-foot high ceiling, and deftly placed windows make the living room feel spacious. (All furnishing was by Room & Board.)


The kitchenette side has room for a small table and two chairs beside the under- counter refrigerator and storage cabinet.


The  shower is surfaced in elegant Hakatai mosaic tile made from recycled glass. The floor tile (from The Tile Shop) also uses recycled material.


Thanks to theKaldewei shower tray it’s a roll-in shower.


The bedroom has room for twin side tables, and a built-in desk with a roll-up counter and an artfully placed window to preserve privacy.



In addition to those manufacturers already mentioned, many others contributed to the success of the project, including: Cree LED LightingKelly-Moore Enviro Coat paint; kitchen cabinets from Studio MarlerSwanstone eco-friendly counters; shelving: Rev-A-Shelf; solar energy: Sol-Solutions; Trex decking; cork flooring by Wicanders.

01/06/2014