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Mother-In-Law Units

Helping You Care For Your Loved-Ones

Worried that your mother or father may be growing isolated as they age? or your concerned about them living on their own? Nursing homes and assisted living and retirement communities can be extremely expensive and don't always meet the care needs that your searching for. A choice many families are making is to add a Mother-In-Law unit or suite.

They can exist in many forms such as: 
  • A suite above a rear detached garage,
  • A suite above the main floor of a single-detached dwelling,
  • A suite below the main floor of a single-detached dwelling (a "basement suite").
  • A suite attached to a single-detached dwelling at grade, or
  • A suite detached from the principal dwelling (a "garden suite" or "guesthouse").
These units can be an economical solution to a concern that many people are having as the baby boomer generation moves into retirement. According to AARP, about 3.5 million American households last year included adult children and their parents. 

When researching solutions there is both a physical consideration and a certain sensitivity that needs to be taken into account. It is important that your parent(s) or relative still feel their independence yet are close at hand to receive care should the need arise and give adult children peace of mind. Bring the parent(s) or relative in on the decision making process. We can help by incorporating the needs of adult children and their parent(s) in to a design process that will leave all feeling comfortable in the transition process.

Some of the items we can help you with are: 
  • Helping you to pin down what your expectations are in advance so that everyone has a chance to agree and be involved in the process.
  • We'll make sure the dwelling is built following design guidelines such as: making sure counters, bathrooms and doorways are wheelchair accessible. The type of shower needed (grab bars, walk-in, etc.) Do stairs need to be eliminated?
  • We'll take care of the permitting process and make sure building codes are met.