There are many options to consider if you want to improve your current home. It is a great opportunity to build an in-law suite, also called a guest house or in-law apartment, as a secondary dwelling on your residential lot. This addition features basic home amenities and essentials. Some homeowners even go all-out and add a functional kitchen and a beautiful living room to make the space more accommodating.
In this blog, a bathroom remodel expert discusses the things you need to know about before building your in-law suite.
1. Local Laws
First off, you need to make sure that your remodeling project is legal and permitted by the local municipality. In some places, zoning laws may prohibit you from building an addition on your property. Some cases allow an addition but establish certain limitations on the scope of your secondary dwelling. There are cities that may allow building an in-law suite as long as you do not use it as a rental property.
2. Maintenance Costs
The total cost for home remodeling does not begin and end with the construction expenses, such as materials and labor. You also need to account for the cost of basic utilities and maintenance. This also includes repair and replacement work that you may encounter down the line. It will be in your favor if you set aside extra money so your in-law suite can remain in good condition for a long time.
3. The Design
Finally, you need to think carefully about the design of your new home addition, especially if your older relatives will be residing in the house. There are key features that you may want to include, like guardrails, to ensure the safety and security of your family.
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen® of SE Florida is a leading provider of home remodeling solutions. We provide services such as a bathroom remodel, kitchen cabinets refacing, in-law suite additions and more to clients in and around Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach, FL. Call us at (561) 459-1004 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment.