A mother-in-law apartment is also known as a mother-in-law suite, guest home, or in-law suite. These might be finished basement apartments, converted garages, or independent guest houses. They usually have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area, and a separate entrance from the main house. In more modern versions of this type of accommodation, there may be other amenities added such as a laundry room, media room, exercise room, or hobby room.
These are usually for the use of married couples who do not want to give up their own space. The husband or wife who lives in the main house can have the freedom to go about his or her business without worrying about guests bothering them. The couple can also have some privacy since others would not be allowed into the private space of their home.
It is very common for new marriages to struggle with how these suites will be used. In older families where the father still runs the household and doesn't need the space of a single woman, she may not get an apartment or garage. But this situation is changing as women become more independent and able to take care of themselves. So unless your family wants one of these rooms, you shouldn't feel obligated to take one.
The accommodations can be part of the selling point of a house if it's being marketed as "mother-in-law" or "daughter-in-law" friendly. Or they may not be mentioned at all.
Finding a renter can be a terrific method to make a stable, predictable income from your mother-in-law suite for a longer-term investment. This money can help you recoup the cost of building the suite or contribute to your monthly mortgage payment, relieving the financial strain of homeownership.
A mother-in-law apartment is also known as a mother-in-law suite, guest home, or in-law suite. These might be finished basement apartments, converted garages, or independent guest houses. They usually have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area, and a separate entrance from the main house.
A mother-in-law suite is a space designed for the long-term stay of one or multiple family members. Usually, that's a homeowner's parent or parents. The goal of a mother-in-law suite is to let multiple generations of a family live in the same house while respecting everyone's privacy and independence.
Generally, a mother-in-law suite will be found on the second floor of a house or adjacent building. These rooms are usually about 10 feet by 15 feet, but can be as large as 30 feet by 40 feet. The size of the room depends on how many people will be staying there at once. A small room with separate beds for each member of the family is best for those going through a rough time in their relationship. A larger room with just a single bed is ideal if one family member is more likely to get sick than the other(s). Either way, a mother-in-law suite should have its own private bathroom so no one else has to share facilities.
People think that having a mother-in-law suite means that your marriage is bad or that you and your husband don't get along, but that's not always the case. Many times those living in the suite will be married but distant from each other due to where they work or go to school. They may see each other once a week or even less often because they have their own lives to lead outside of the family unit.
The most frequent name for a tiny apartment-like area on the same property as, or even attached to, a single-family home is an in-law suite. It's also known as a mother-in-law suite, guest house, granny pod, Ohana suite, or supplementary suite. An in-law suite usually has its own entrance, private bathroom, and living room/kitchenette. In larger homes with multiple floors, additional in-law suites may be found above and below the main house.
In-law suites are often under-sized compared to other parts of the house because their primary purpose is to provide accommodation for visitors or guests. They're not intended as independent residences so they don't include bedrooms or bathrooms of their own. In fact, in some cases they might not have running water or heat.
In-law suites can be part of a larger plan called "assisted living" or "memory care". Here, people who are still able to live on their own are provided with smaller rooms (rather than one large room like in a nursing home) but they get the privacy and independence they need while still being close to family members. Assisted living facilities often have staff that can help with chores, medication management, and social activities. Some also offer nutrition programs, exercise classes, and religious services.
Concerning Mom-in-Law Suite Plans: The suite exists as a separate but connected unit to the main residence floor plan, with the particular arrangement depending on the rest of the building's architecture. Some in-law quarters are converted basements or bottom floors, with the main family room above. Other designs have an in-law apartment that is a full house with its own kitchen and bathroom. Still others have two separate one-bedroom apartments.
In any case, the mother-in-law suite is usually located on the side of the house away from the father-in-law, who may even have his own entrance. This avoids conflict between the two families' entrances into the home. The mother-in-law apartment will typically share a common wall with the father-in-law's house, although this isn't always the case. In some houses, there is also a third bedroom over the garage for use by younger children when they visit their grandparents.
Suite plans vary significantly from house to house, but most tend to fall into one of three categories: living rooms and dining rooms that connect directly to the family room; separate bedrooms and bathrooms for the parents-in-law; and a shared family kitchen.
The choice of furniture is limited only by your budget and taste.