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4-Bedroom Two-Story Craftsman Style 2018 Idea Home with a Loft and In-Law Suite (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,697 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story craftsman style The 2018 Idea home. Here’s the floor plan: This craftsman cottage is graced with modern innovations that are packed with lots of outdoor spaces and luxury amenities. The detached 2-car garage includes …

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5-Bedroom Two-Story French Country-Inspired Home with Loft and In-Law Suite (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,601 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Garages: 2-3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom two-story French country-inspired home. Here’s the floor plan: Graceful gables, brick exterior, dormer windows, and an arched portico enhance the French country appeal of this two-story home. Inside, the foyer is flanked by a flexible study/bedroom …

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7-Bedroom Two-Story Northwest Shingle Home with 3-Car Garage and Two Primary Suites (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,591 Bedrooms: 4-7 Bathrooms: 3.5-5.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 7-bedroom two-story Northwest shingle home. Here’s the floor plan: A perfect blend of stone and shakes graces this two-story Northwest shingle home. Multiple gables along with rain awnings and arched trellis above the garage doors add …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Mountain Modern Home with In-Law Suite and 4-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,359 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story mountain modern home. Here’s the floor plan: Board and batten siding accentuated with rustic wood and subtle stones embellish this two-story mountain modern home. Inside, a stunning coffered ceiling crowns the cozy great room …

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5-Bedroom Two-Story Modern Country Farmhouse for a Wide Lot with Wet Bar and In-Law Suite (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,170 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 3.5+ Stories: 2 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom two-story modern country farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This modern farmhouse offers a wide-open floor plan that includes expansive covered porches and flexible spaces to suit each family’s lifestyles. Inside, a two-story foyer features barrel-vaulted …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Traditional-Style Home with In-Law Suite (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,678 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom traditional-style home. Here’s the floor plan: A beautiful blend of stone, brick, and board and batten siding give this two-story traditional home an immense curb appeal. Decorative wooden trims gracing the gable rooflines add …

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4-Bedroom Two-Story Modern Farmhouse with Optional Lower-Level Apartment or In-Law Suite (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,728 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 2 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Metal roof accent, stone trims, and decorative brackets gracing the gables bring character to this modern farmhouse. A covered porch ushers you to the entry where you’ll find …

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5-Bedroom Two-Story New American Farmhouse with Wraparound Front Porch and In-Law Suite Above Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,880 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom two-story New American farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story New American farmhouse exhibits an eye-catching facade graced with a side-entry garage and a wraparound porch topped with twin gable dormers. As you stepped into …

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3-Bedroom Single-Story Traditional Style Home with In-Law Suite and Multiple Angled Garages (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,655 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 1 Garages: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom single-story traditional style home. Here’s the floor plan: Buy this plan Buy this plan This highly textured traditional home offers a sprawling floor plan with a free-flowing layout for maximum comfort and convenient entertaining. All …

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5-Bedroom Two-Story Modern Farmhouse with In-Law Suite and Bonus Room Above Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,124 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Stories: 2 Garages: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom two-story modern farmhouse. Here’s the floor plan: Buy this plan Buy this plan Standing seam metal roofs and a multitude of windows give this 5-bedroom farmhouse a modern flair. Board and batten siding accentuated with …

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4-Bedroom Single-Story Cottage Style Home for a Corner Lot with In-Law Suite (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 1,671 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom single-story cottage-style home. Here’s the floor plan: Buy this plan Buy this plan This 4-bedroom cottage home shows off a craftsman charm with its stone and siding, cedar shake accents, a gable dormer, and covered …

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I recently had the opportunity to visit my boss at her new home. It is gorgeous and while sitting by the pool, I noticed there is a separate, smaller house beyond the pool in her backyard. I inquired as to what the building was used for and she informed me that it is an in-law suite. She and her husband do not use it and we joked that I could move into it because her property is so pretty. Her husband’s mom lives in another state and stays in the main house when she comes to visit and my boss’ mom passed away years ago. I was intrigued by the idea of an in-law suite as it would be so convenient when I, or fellow grandparents, visit their grandchildren or need to help out the parents for a period of time. I researched in-law suites so I could learn more about them.

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What is an In-law Suite?

An in-law suite, sometimes also referred to as a mother-in-law suite, casitas, a granny flat, a secondary suite, a multigenerational unit, or as in Hawaii, an ohana unit, is a small house or another dwelling on the same property as a single-family home. This type of extra unit on a property can be used for an older family member who needs care or a family member or other person who is coming to help out with the children or other tasks around the house to move the family forward in their goals. It can be a separate space or it can be a room inside the main house that has its own bathroom and is located possibly in a basement or even over the top of a garage.

No matter what name you use to refer to an in-law suite, the unit and concept are becoming more and more popular in today’s busy world’s parents. Many parents need more help than ever before while juggling careers, children and their activities, along with other goals and pursuits. Many younger couples, when searching for a home to purchase, now consider an in-law suite a non-negotiable in one of the features they want in a house. They preferably want something that allows the family member that is coming to live with them their own space, including a bathroom, and it is even better if it has its own kitchen or kitchenette.

How Much Does an In-Law Suite Cost?

For families who want to add an in-law suite to an existing property, the cost for this popular amenity can vary quite a bit, depending on the size of the structure, the features of it, and whether it will be an addition to the home that has to be constructed as a standalone structure, or if it will involve renovating an already existing area of the home. One might expect to spend an average of around $32,000 to $63,000 if simply renovating an area of the home to turn it into an in-law suite and if you decide to build a completely new structure for your in-law suite, you can spend up to as much as $125,000, depending on what features you want to implement into the suite.

Future Selling Feature

The fun part about adding an in-law suite to your existing home is that should you decide to sell it in the future, it then becomes a great selling feature for your house. Many families need this extra space as an in-law suite or since it is very versatile, it cant be used for some other reason. Either way, it will definitely help you sell your home for a much higher price since it adds a lot of value to your home.

Other Uses for an In-Law Suite

As in the case with my boss, their separate structure that was meant to be an in-law suite is now being renovated as an office area which many families choose to do when not using the suite for in-laws or other family members. It can also be used as simply a guest room for family and friends who need to stay over or as a separate residence for an older child who wants their own space but is not quite ready to leave the nest.

An in-law suite is a great way to accommodate grandparents or others who come to help out with expenses, child care, or other reasons while maintaining the privacy of each family member. They are a great way for a family to live together on the same property but not have to be together too much overall.