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Addition Projects: In-Law Suites

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Albright Remodeling helps families upgrade their homes to bring them more enjoyment, provide space for aging parents, growing families, or leisurely pursuits, and take advantage of new technology for cleaner, more efficient operation. In-law suite additions are shown below. We also have added bedrooms, family rooms, home offices, three season and sunrooms, hot tub rooms, garages, over-the-top additions,and whole-house extreme makeovers. Check out our remodeling projects, too.
 

Remodeling to Create In-Law Suites and Additions

A properly designed in-law addition can provide a relative with his or her own living space, while affording close daily contact with the family. With the increasing cost of nursing home care and assisted living facilities, many people are constructing housing which will allow parents to maintain their independence but still be close to them, should assistance be required with daily living needs. In other cases, parents just want to be near their children.

If you are planning an in-law addition, be aware that different towns vary greatly in what is allowed here in the greater Rochester NY and Finger Lakes region. Some of the most common issues which need to be resolved before construction can be considered are:
  1. How big can the addition be? Most in-law additions cover 500-700 square feet. Most towns have a "25% rule" which limits how much of your lot can be covered by housing.
     
  2. Is a kitchen allowed? This is one of the most variable aspects from town to town. Some will not allow any kitchen; some will; others ask to inspect the structure every two or three years to verify that an in-law is still living there. It would be best to talk to the town building inspector to verify the local policy before investing time and money in a project.
     
  3. What about utilities? Most residential homes have sufficient electrical capacity to support an in-law addition, although a sub-panel may be required. Usually a separate heating and air-conditioning system, and in many cases a separate water heater, will be needed.
     
  4. How will living space be shared? Again, rules for access between the main dwelling and the in-law structure vary by town. Most towns want to see a means of entrance from the addition into the main house. Some towns permit a separate entrance into the addition from outside; some do not.

Our article on shared housing provides more information.

Our architects are very familiar with all these issues and are available through Albright Remodeling for an initial discussion about a proposed in-law addition, which we can construct to your collective specifications.

Be sure to review the floor plans (in Acrobat Reader PDF format) included for several of our in-law suite addition projects below.
 
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In-Law Addition Floor Plan
A new separate garage (circled) leads to the addition in the rear of the house. A doorway (circled) and hallway provide covered access to the addition.
A new separate garage (circled) leads to the addition in the rear of the house. A doorway (circled) and hallway provide covered access to the addition.
The living room, with doors opening onto an outside deck. The kitchen and dining area. The hallway (circled) leads to the dedicated garage.
The living room, with doors opening onto an outside deck. The kitchen and dining area. The hallway (circled) leads to the dedicated garage.
The connecting passage from the addition to the garage protects the resident from inclement weather. The laundry facilities are located in the bathroom area to maximize space.
The connecting passage from the addition to the garage protects the resident from inclement weather. The laundry facilities are located in the bathroom area to maximize space.
The side deck and the walkway between the garage and the addition (behind the door). The bedroom.
The side deck and the walkway between the garage and the addition (behind the door). The bedroom.

 
 
This 730-square-foot in-law addition in Spencerport (NY) has a separate entrance and kitchen, both of which required a variance from the Town of Ogden, a straightforward application and process. The town's only stipulations in granting the variance were that the premises be occupied by a relative and that there be a "shared space," which in this case was the existing family room.
 
A separate entrance features a 6ft. x 8 ft. porch for relaxing and an ADA-compliant ramp with zero clearance at the door threshold. The living room.
A separate entrance features a 6ft. x 8 ft. porch for relaxing and an ADA-compliant ramp with zero clearance at the door threshold. This makes it easy for not only the resident, but also her visiting friends, to have easy access. The living room.
Just inside the door on the left is a large closet for storage of a wheelchair and other bulky items. Inside the door to the right are a stacked washer and dryer, which can be closed off when not in use.
Just inside the door on the left is a large closet for storage of a wheelchair and other bulky items. Inside the door to the right are a stacked washer and dryer, which can be closed off when not in use.
The large master suite with plenty of closet space. A fully ADA-compliant roll-in shower features a seat which folds up for cleaning, built-in grab bars, and a collapsible water dam (circled) to keep water from flowing on to the bathroom floor.
The large master suite with plenty of closet space. A fully ADA-compliant roll-in shower features a seat which folds up for cleaning, built-in grab bars, and a collapsible water dam (circled) to keep water from flowing on to the bathroom floor.
The sink features a roll-under opening for use with a wheelchair, and an anti-scald guard (removed for photography) to protect knees from hot and cold water pipes. A galley kitchen off the living room leads into a dinette area with a bow window for nice outside views. The door (arrowed) leads to the shared area of the house.
The sink features a roll-under opening for use with a wheelchair, and an anti-scald guard (removed for photography) to protect knees from hot and cold water pipes. A galley kitchen off the living room leads into a dinette area with a bow window for nice outside views. The door (arrowed) leads to the shared area of the house.
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Architect: David Burrows

This 856-square-foot in-law space features consists of approximately half new construction and half remodeling of exising space. Included in the floor plan is a kitchen, bedroom, sitting room, universal-design-compliant bathroom with both tub and shower, and a wheelchair lift from garage floor level to living space floor level.
 
Entrance to the main house is through French doors. The transitions from room to room are kept at the same level. An the existing sun room was converted to a pleasant sitting room, which features Pella windows with shades in-between panes of glass for ease of light control.
Entrance to the main house is through French doors. The transitions from room to room are kept at the same level. The existing sun room was converted to a pleasant sitting room, which features Pella windows with shades in-between panes of glass for ease of light control.
A spacious, well-lit kitchen. Rocker-style switches in all rooms provide for ease of operation. A large bedroom with plenty of closet space.
A spacious, well-lit kitchen. Rocker-style switches in all rooms provide for ease of operation. A large bedroom with plenty of closet space.
Universal design roll-in shower has a very low threshold, fold-down seat, waist-high controls, anti-scald valve, integral assist bars, movable hand-held shower head, and an integral dome light for extra illumination when the shower curtain is closed. A tub with assist bars and anti-scald valve.
Universal design roll-in shower has a very low threshold, fold-down seat, waist-high controls, anti-scald valve, integral assist bars, movable hand-held shower head, and an integral dome light for extra illumination when the shower curtain is closed. A tub with assist bars and anti-scald valve.
The sink provides ample clearance for a wheelchair and features an anti-scald shield to protect the user from hot pipes. A lever-style faucet control allows easy operation and meets Universal Design guidelines requiring less than five pounds of pressure to operate.
The sink provides ample clearance for a wheelchair and features an anti-scald shield to protect the user from hot pipes. A lever-style faucet control allows easy operation and meets Universal Design guidelines requiring less than five pounds of pressure to operate.
Comfort-height toilet with assist bar. A wheelchair power lift allows easy access from the garage level to the main floor level.
Comfort-height toilet with assist bar. A wheelchair power lift allows easy access from the garage level to the main floor level.
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This in-law addition includes a living room, master bedroom, accessible bathroom, its own entrance with a sidewalk leading from the driveway, and a new first floor laundry shared with the existing household.
 
A separate entrance to the addition, with its own sidewalk leading from the driveway. A set of French doors leads to the addition, replacing an old sliding glass door.
A separate entrance to the addition, with its own sidewalk leading from the driveway. A set of French doors leads to the addition, replacing an old sliding glass door.
The living room, with an additional large closet for storage. A spacious master bedroom with a large closet.
The living room, with an additional large closet for storage. A spacious master bedroom with a large closet.
Accessible shower controls. A Universal Design shower with a fold-down seat and readily accessible shower control.
Accessible shower controls. A Universal Design shower with a fold-down seat and readily accessible shower control.
A flat sill allows easy access to the shower with a wheelchair or walker. The new first floor laundry facility is shared by the new addition and the existing household.
A flat sill allows easy access to the shower with a wheelchair or walker. The new first floor laundry facility is shared by the new addition and the existing household.
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This 650-square-foot addition features a full basement (with exit window) for added useful space, plus a separate one-car garage. There is a laundry area, sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
 
The entire basement was finished to provide a space for hobby enjoyment. A motorized chair lift provides access from the living quarters above.
The entire basement was finished to provide a space for hobby enjoyment. A motorized chair lift provides access from the living quarters above.
A full kitchen allows the owners to prepare their own meals. A set of sliding glass doors off the living area leads to a deck shared with the main house.
A full kitchen allows the owners to prepare their own meals. A set of sliding glass doors off the living area leads to a deck shared with the main house.
The door at the end of this laundry hallway leads to the main house. The door on the left leads to a separate single car garage adjoining the two car garage of the main house.The door at the end of this laundry hallway leads to the main house. The door on the left leads to a separate single car garage adjoining the two car garage of the main house.
 
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Architect: Art Renauto

This in-law addition includes 620 square feet of living area. It comprises a living room, kitchen, bedroom and handicap-accessible full bathroom. There is a handicap-accessible ramp for entrance to the addition and the main house.
 
The exterior of the addition, showing the door access to the deck, shared with the main house. A handicap-accessible ramp provides wheelchair and walker access to the house. The ramp is made of maintenance-free Trex decking and also features a maintenance-free vinyl rail system.
The exterior of the addition, showing the door access to the deck, shared with the main house. A handicap-accessible ramp provides wheelchair and walker access to the house. The ramp is made of maintenance-free Trex decking and also features a maintenance-free vinyl rail system.
A close-up of the porch, with access to both the addition and the main house. The bedroom occupies a 12’ x 12’ area with a 5-foot closet.
A close-up of the porch, with access to both the addition and the main house. The bedroom occupies a 12’ x 12’ area with a 5-foot closet.
The bathroom features an ADA-rated handicap-accessible shower with seat and grab-rails and a handicap-accessible toilet with grab-bar. It still provides plenty of room for a 48-inch vanity and sink top. The kitchen area adjoins the sitting room.
The bathroom features an ADA-rated handicap-accessible shower with seat and grab-rails and a handicap-accessible toilet with grab-bar. It still provides plenty of room for a 48-inch vanity and sink top. The kitchen area adjoins the sitting room.
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Architect: Art Renauto

This project has 525 square feet of living area with a full bath, sitting room, bedroom and shared dining area. It also has a handicap-accessible ramp for entrance to the addition, and separate heating and air-conditioning.
 
The existing dining area was expanded to form a space large enough for a shared dining space. The entrance to the addition is through the doorway on the right. This bath, while not fully ADA-rated like that above, still allows space for a shower chair.
The existing dining area was expanded to form a space large enough for a shared dining space. The entrance to the addition is through the doorway on the right. This bath, while not fully ADA-rated like that above, still allows space for a shower chair.
A comfortable bedroom with its own closet. The sitting room. A door to the left of the picture leads to a shared deck and the ramp access.
A comfortable bedroom with its own closet. The sitting room. A door to the left of the picture leads to a shared deck and the ramp access.
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Architect: Art Renauto

Stage 1 of 2 (Stage 2 is below.)

This 635-square-foot in-law addition includes a 22’ x 18’ living room, a full bath and a kitchen/laundry room. There is access to the addition from the existing deck and from the main house.
This photo taken before construction of the addition shows the area where it will be built. This photo taken before construction of the addition shows the area where it will be built.
The interior of the in-law apartment. This is the sitting room featuring a tray ceiling and gas fireplace. The interior of the in-law apartment. This is the sitting room featuring a tray ceiling and gas fireplace.
Exterior of the in-law suite. Note the common patio area shared with the main house. Exterior of the in-law suite. Note the common patio area shared with the main house.
 
Architect: Tom Doughty

Stage 2 of 2 (Stage 1 is above.)

When the owner’s mother passed away, the owner called Albright Remodeling to reconfigure the space into a new family room and an expanded kitchen/dining area for the main house.
The original kitchen of the main house. The door on the rear wall led to the in-law suite; most of this wall was removed in the remodeling. The original kitchen of the main house. The door on the rear wall led to the in-law suite; most of this wall was removed in the remodeling.
The reconfigured and expanded kitchen. The red line indicates the position of the removed wall. The reconfigured and expanded kitchen. The red line indicates the position of the removed wall.
The kitchen of the in-law suite was removed to make a new dining area, and the wall and door dividing it from the suite living room was also removed to open the whole area. The kitchen of the in-law suite was removed to make a new dining area, and the wall and door dividing it from the suite living room was also removed to open the whole area.
The in-law suite living room remains basically as it was, except for refurnishing. It could also function as an office, recreation room, etc. The in-law suite living room remains basically as it was, except for refurnishing. It could also function as an office, recreation room, etc.
 

 
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