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Adding a Mother-In-Law Apartment to Your Home

Adding a Mother-In-Law Apartment to Your Home

If you need to take care of an elderly parent in your home for awhile, no matter how much you love him/her, things will inevitably start to feel crowded after a time. Adding a mother-in-law apartment to your home can give your loved one a level of independence and privacy, and it can add to your home's value as well.

If you need to take care of an elderly parent in your home for awhile, no matter how much you love him/her, things will inevitably start to feel crowded after a time. Adding a mother-in-law apartment to your home can give your loved one a level of independence and privacy, and it can add to your home's value as well. Even so, adding or converting a room is a major home remodeling project with lots of things to consider, and you want to make sure you're well prepared before the contractors arrive. This brief guide may help cover some of the basic preparations.

Planning the room addition

There are a number of different ways to add a mother-in-law apartment to your home or property, and choosing the best option for your family will depend on your available space and your budget. Many people choose to convert the garage into an apartment or suite because no additional build-out is needed. You may also choose to add the room onto your existing home, or if you have the space on your property and the budget for it, you might even build a separate stand-alone structure as a guest house. Your home remodeling company should be able to offer advice as to which is best for you.

Hashing out the details

Here's where you decide how elaborate a project this will be. Are you just planning to build an extra room and have your relative share a bathroom with the family, or will you add a separate bathroom to the space? Are you planning to make it a true apartment with its own kitchen? Will there be a separate entrance? Are there any medical equipment considerations? These details can have a definite effect on where you build - for example, for a kitchen/bath addition, you'll want to build close to existing plumbing in order to cut costs.

Paperwork and permits

In adding a room to your home, there are usually permits and paperwork to consider. If your home is within a subdivision with a homeowner's association, you might need permission to build, and there may be covenant restrictions to consider. If your home is within city limits, you'll want to make sure you have proper approvals and permits before you start building, in order to prevent complications. Finally, if you're adding square footage to your home or adding a separate building, you'll want to double-check your property lines and legal description with the assessor's office to make sure you aren't encroaching on a neighbor's land.

For quality home remodeling in Portland, as well as water damage or fire damage restoration, trust the experts at Willamette Restoration Services, Inc. They have built a solid reputation for quality and honesty over the past two decades, both with expert restoration services and quality workmanship on remodeling and construction. To learn more about the benefits of adding a mother-in-law apartment, they can be reached at (971) 252-3003.

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