Mother-in-law suites are secondary housing areas or accessory dwelling units with their own entrance located on the same property as the primary residence. Most in-law suites are complete with a living area, a kitchenette, a bedroom and a bathroom.Continue Reading
Many in-law suites are not a part of the original home and are either added to or renovated from an existing part of the home. Some suites are built over a garage or in a basement, or they're added as an attachment to a single family home. Occasionally, a suite is a detached dwelling, such as a small guest house or pool house in the back yard of a home. Most communities have strict zoning ordinances regarding in-law apartments, with some enforcing restrictions on who can occupy such a suite.
Some of the biggest concerns about a secondary dwelling unit are parking, overcrowding, increased traffic and the aesthetic impact on a neighborhood. In zones where these units are allowed, many homeowners use the suite as an income-generating space by renting it out. Families that utilize a mother-in-law suite as an apartment for an older family member tend to make it handicap accessible and add ramps, safety bars in the bathroom and an alert system for emergencies.Learn more about Real Estate