Perhaps one of the best things we can offer family is the ability to enjoy living in their own space, even as aging progresses. For this reason, it is increasingly popular for families to hire contractors to build in-law suite additions to their home where loved ones can continue to live in comfort, in their own space.
‘This phenomenon, called “aging in place,” allows parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone you call family to enjoy the peace of living on their own with safety top of mind. At Payne & Payne Renovations and Design, we have earned a reputation for helping to ensure that any home renovation or addition is completed with quality in mind. It is our brand promise to resolve issues in a timely manner with a focus on total commitment to the client experience. Check out our portfolio to see quality proof of the work we do.
If you are considering an in-law suite design-build, we are here to help. Check out the following important considerations as you plan this new portion of your home.
Detached or Attached?
The first factor to consider is whether you want the suite to be attached to your home or to be a stand-alone building.
Attached in-law suites are ideal when you need to be more involved in the life of your loved ones living in the space. This can ensure safety for those who need more daily assistance.
A detached in-law suite is perfect for more independent family members that don’t need to be checked in on frequently. Talk to your architect about which style is right for your needs.
Once you’ve decided whether your remodeling involves a whole new building or an addition to your existing structure, you should then consider potential mobility accommodations. One of the best ways to keep family members safe in their own homes is to build a home that meets their mobility needs.
- Consider all of the following potential design ideas:
- First-floor only bedrooms and bathrooms
- Low thresholds for entrances
- Easy-to-use lever-style door handles
- Brightly lit hallways
- Handrails in bathrooms, in hallways, and by any steps
- Large doorways for potential wheelchair access
- Limited mobility friendly bathroom fixtures, such as toilets, showers, and sinks
When it comes to building in a design that is conscious of limited mobility, be sure to think toward the future. Even if your loved one isn’t in need of a shower seat now, will they potentially need this a few years down the road? Build the space to allow for comfortable aging in place.
Another option for ensuring that your in-law suite is able to accommodate a loved one with limited mobility is to create an ADA compliant space. ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act, an act passed in 1990. This act created an outline of requirements for ensuring a space can accommodate those with disabilities. From entrance ways to restrooms, the regulations help guide builders in how a space can be designed to ensure easy access for all.
A few key items to include in your in-law suite to meet ADA regulations include all of the following:
- Grab bars and handrails
- Accessible toilet
- Extra space for navigating wheelchairs or walkers
- Shower seats
- 34 inch high sinks
For further information about creating an ADA compliant in-law suite, talk to your builder or visit the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s website on ADA regulations.
Extra Safety Features
As you design your in-law suite, ask your builder about extra safety features as well. These features will provide you and your loved one with additional peace of mind. A few examples of safety features include emergency call buttons, wheelchair lifts, and light sensors.
When it comes to designing an in-law suite addition, the possibilities are endless. You can create a space that is ideal for your loved one, allowing for the perfect blend of independence and safety as they age. Talk to our team at Payne & Payne Renovations and Design today about your next home renovation.