It has become increasingly common for parents to move in with their children instead of heading to retirement communities, which has made in-law suites in high demand in new home construction. When you’re designing a new home, adding an in-law suite can be a good choice, even if you’re not sure if you’ll have family living with you in the future. Until you put the space into use a full-time home for your aging parents, it can be used as a luxurious guest room. Here’s how to take advantage of this home trend and design a comfortable suite for your or your spouse’s parents to enjoy.
Include a Bathroom
Ensuring that your in-law suite has a bathroom has several benefits. The first one is practicality. When everyone is trying to get ready at the same time, competing for a shared bathroom will make things more chaotic. When your in-law suite has a bathroom, you can side step any of the frustrations that come with a shared bathroom with the rest of the family and ensure that your relatives don’t feel like they are intruding.
Adding a bathroom will also ease the transition of your relatives to their new home. Giving up a house and moving in with kids can be an emotional experience. Having a bathroom will make your relatives feel more at home.
Design for Privacy
Privacy is a common concern for adult kids and their parents when they start to share a home. Your in-law suite should be spacious enough for parents to spend time together away from the rest of the family. If possible, create a separate entrance for the suite, so that relatives can come and go as they please.
Most in-law suites are home to aging parents with health or mobility issues. Even if your relatives are healthy now, design the room with features that improve safety for seniors, including multiple lighting sources, no-slip flooring, and handrails. Stay away from area rugs and other trip hazards.
Miramonte Homes Forest Springs 2058 floor plan features a second master suite with separate entrance, which makes a perfect in-law suite. Our custom home designers can help you create a space for your aging relatives that is comfortable and inviting. Learn more about new home construction in Flagstaff and Tucson by calling (520) 615-8900.