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Litchfield's wonderfully illustrated book, complete with floor plans, pointers of how to check legality issues and tips on new products, also contains the personal background stories of people who have chosen to go this route.
- response to tight times, a remarkably upbeat and widespread change is taking place in households across America.
Homeowners are creating second dwelling units - often called in-law suites, mother-in-law apartments, or granny flats. They're perfect for families who want several generations living close by, they enable Baby Boomers to care for elderly parents while respecting their independence, provide private quarters for adult children still at home or, rented out, second units can generate income to pay the mortgage or provide for retirement.
Author, Michael Litchfield, has also started a blog, called Cozy Digz, on Fine about the adventures in small and shared housing. Introduction Chapter 1 - Is an In-law Unit Right for You?
Case Study 1: The In-law on the Range Chapter 2 - Designing In-laws Case Study 2: From Gloom to Glory Chapter 3 - Choosing Appliances, Fixtures, and Materials Case Study 3: Grandma_—Ès Home Chapter 4 - Plans and Permits Case Study 4: You Can Go Home Again Chapter 5 - Basement In-law units Case Study 5: Colors of a Distant Land Case Study 6: One House, Two Yards Case Study 7: Finding Treasure in the Basement Case Study 8: A Basement Aerie Chapter 6 - Garage Conversions Case Study 9: Turning a Box into a Beauty Case Study 10: Billy_—Ès Place Case Study 11: The 15-Second Commute Case Study 12: A Winter_—Ès Tale Chapter 7 - Stand-Alone In-laws Case Study 13: Rethinking What You Really Need Case Study 14: A Place for Singing Case Study 15: Lisa_—Ès Baby Case Study 16: A Floating In-law Case Study 17: Rooting for a Green World Case Study 18: Nancy_—Ès Windfall Case Study 19: A New Life for an Elderly In-law Case Study 20: Elegance under the Oaks Chapter 8 - Bump-outs, Carve-outs, and Attics Case Study 21: A Jewel in the City Case Study 22: Sailors' Delight Case Study 23: Putting It All Out There Case Study 24: Carving Out Options Case Study 25: Peaceful Coexistence Case Study 26: A Safe Place to Land Appendix Universal Design Resources Index In the thirty-some years I_—Ève been renovating houses or writing about them I_—Ève owned six_—”in rural Vermont, suburban Connecticut, and northern California_—”fixing each one up and then moving on.
In this book, we_—Èll visit with some folks who have created in-law units_—”to learn what life issues prompted their interest, what practical considerations guided their choices, and how things turned out for them.
Creating an in-law is eminently about making smart decisions and finding clever solutions, but it_—Ès also about compassion, community, and a love of beauty_—”as you_—Èll see in every one of the in-laws in this book. You may be inspired to create an in-law unit of your own.
Our granny flats and other extended-family living solutions will provide grandparents with living spaces that they will appreciate.
With the stories, it is also warm and down to earth.” – response to tight times, a remarkably upbeat and widespread change is taking place in households across America.
Homeowners are creating second dwelling units—often called in-law suites, mother-in-law apartments, or granny flats. They’re perfect for families who want several generations living close by, they enable Baby Boomers to care for elderly parents while respecting their independence, provide private quarters for adult children still at home or, rented out, second units can generate income to pay the mortgage or provide for retirement.
The in-law evolved from a pair of outbuildings that once housed tractors and other agricultural paraphernalia. ceilings and quarry tile floors throughout, and though it_—Ès a bit smaller than my other homes, it_—Ès comfortable, affordable, and more than big enough for my life. We don_—Èt see each other very often_—”no more often than you_—Èd see a neighbor across a fence_—”but every now and then we stop and chat or maybe share a chore.
A Tradition Returns The longer I live in this shared arrangement, the more I like it, which made me wonder why more people don_—Èt live this way. Although there hasn_—Èt been much written about secondary dwelling units, they have a long pedigree and are remarkably widespread.Without these human stories, the book would be useful and beautiful.