More and more adults are opening their homes to their aging parents in the D.C. Metropolitan area to
offer care and economical support. This move can feel daunting for both parties but is also a change that many families report being very happy with. Having an in-law suite added to your home is one of the most common and practical ways to make the transition from separate to shared residences go smoothly. As you plan for your renovation keep these tips in mind.
Your aging parents may be moving around on their own just fine right now, but that might not always be the case. Planning ahead with amenities like doorways wide enough to push a wheelchair through, an easily accessible shower, and grab bars will save you money and frustration down the road if these items become necessary. Many in-law suites are also located on the ground floor, either by converting an existing garage or building an addition, to eliminate steps in the case of future mobility issues.
One of the biggest concerns for both adult children and parents about living together is the potential lack of privacy. A separate entrance, bathroom, and kitchen are great additions to keep everyone in the family feeling like they have the personal space they need. If you have the room and budget, taking the extra step to include a small entertaining area in the layout of your in-law suite will be a much appreciated gesture.
Almost as important as privacy in making your aging parents feel welcome is planning ahead for their comfort in their new living space. Remember to incorporate plenty of lighting and to make the addition feel like an extension of your home with decorative touches. Select flooring and minimize threshold heights wherever possible to help prevent slips and falls.
Separating the power, heating, and cooling from your main dwelling will benefit both parties now and down the road. Aging parents will appreciate the ability to adjust their environment to suit their comfort. Plus, should you ever decide to rent out the in-law suite, keeping utilities separate makes it that much easier to calculate what a tenant owes.
At Stohlman & Kilner we understand that the process of transitioning your parents into your home can be a difficult one, which is why we are here to help. We are experienced in in-law suite design and construction and can help you at every stage of the process. Call today to schedule your consultation.