In-Law or Granny Units

By Dan Gregory

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.

Originally Published in Eye On Design

Wed Aug 28 00:00:00 PDT 2013