While there is not one kind of floor plan for a mother-in-law suite, each suite is normally a private living area separated from the rest of the house. Some suites have a separate entrance and kitchen, in addition to a bedroom, full bathroom and living space.
Most mother-in-law suites are built for another adult family member or adult guest who is planning on staying at the owner's home for a long period of time. Some homeowners opt to build a separate guest house on their properties, while others incorporate a section of the main home. If the owner plans to build a separate structure, he must check local building regulations and zoning. Owners can also consider creating the suite to be a feature that would be appealing to future home buyers.
Because most guests who utilize suites are older, accessibility is an important feature to consider. A good suite is spacious and open; has low-maintenance materials for flooring, cabinets and counters; and has separate light, heat and air conditioner controls. If the occupant is elderly, the suit must have grab bars, handrails and emergency call buttons. Wiring for outlets, phone lines, Internet and cable are other amenities to consider when designing the suite.