In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes

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In response to tight times, a remarkably upbeat and widespread change is taking place in households across America. Homeowners are creating second dwelling units?often called in-law suites, mother-in-law apartments, or granny flats. Second units make a lot of sense. They're perfect for families who want several generations living close by, they enable Baby Boomers to care for elderly parents while respecting their independence, provide private quarters for adult children still at home or, rented out, second units...

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Overview

In response to tight times, a remarkably upbeat and widespread change is taking place in households across America. Homeowners are creating second dwelling units—often called in-law suites, mother-in-law apartments, or granny flats. Second units make a lot of sense. They're perfect for families who want several generations living close by, they enable Baby Boomers to care for elderly parents while respecting their independence, provide private quarters for adult children still at home or, rented out, second units can generate income to pay the mortgage or provide for retirement. "In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats "is the first book to explore the many designs, uses and benefits of this time-honored and emotionally satisfying living arrangement. In-law units take many forms and they're all shown here: attic, basement and garage conversions, bump-out additions, carve-out suites, and backyard cottages. Creating an in-law unit—turning one house into two homes—is arguably greenest, most cost-efficient way to create a small home or cottage because you're building small, building on an existing lot, and conserving building materials. This book covers every aspect of turning one house into two homes. Its first four chapters deal with the specifics of assessing your needs, selecting an appropriate design, choosing space- and energy-saving appliances, and getting your plans approved. The book's second half is a warm and engaging portfolio of in-law units and the families who created them: what needs prompted their decisions, which layouts worked best, and how they met life challenges with common sense, creativity and compassion. With more than 200 color photographs, 50 floor plans and architectural details, and a lively, personable voice, "In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats" is perfect for homeowners who want richer lives and a more secure future.

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Over the past 39 years, Michael Litchfield...has written nine books on the design, construction and renovation of houses, including one on remodeling that runs more than 600 pages, and he writes the Cozy Digz blog for "Fine Homebuilding" magazine, of which he was a founding editor. Clearly, Litchfield is an expert. But as he demonstrates in his latest book, "In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes" (Taunton, $25), he still remembers the befuddled perspective of a beginner. He has tailored his message accordingly, with lots of information [and] no jargon....At the heart of the book are 30 examples of in-law units, technically known as accessory dwelling units or ADUs. Litchfield divides these into six approaches: going up (converting the attic); going down (converting or excavating to create a basement); carving up (reconfiguring the space within the existing building envelope); bumping out (adding an addition); converting the garage; and building a separate unit on your property...The units described in the book range in size from about 250 to 750 square feet—from tiny to merely small. Nonetheless, the designers have managed not only to include the necessities—kitchen, bathroom, and living and sleeping areas—but to do so with an inventiveness that can make the spaces look and feel twice as big. —Katherine Salant, "The Washington Post"

A new book, "In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats," by Michael Litchfield, explains in detail how to turn one house into two homes. The author uses dozens of floor plans and hundreds of striking photos to illustrate the process. For all parties concerned, such transformations, can result in "more lifestyle options, greater economic security and deeper personal satisfaction," Mr. Litchfield writes. A terrific resource."—The Wall Street Journal
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This book is chock full of very practical tips, great advice, and plenty of real world examples. Because in-laws, converted garages and gue

Library Journal
Litchfield (Renovation) has designed a comprehensive guide for constructing on one's property a secondary living space as a rental unit, a guest house, or for a family member. He thoroughly discusses the factors to consider when creating this type of dwelling—such as working with architects, navigating municipal building departments, and selecting space-saving furnishings. Homes throughout the United States and Canada show various options from basement, attic, and garage conversions to stand-alone cottages. These 26 case studies are illustrated with floor plans and color photographs. Recommended for those looking for alternatives to housing aging parents or interested in the extra income of a rental unit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600852510
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 626,858
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Litchfield has been renovating houses or writing about them for more than 30 years. A founding editor of "Fine Homebuilding" magazine, Litchfield is perhaps best known as the author of the classic, "Renovation: A Complete Guide," now in its 3rd Edition. He is also a Certified Green Building Professional.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Is an In-law Unit Right for You…
Chapter 2: Designing In-laws
Chapter 3: Choosing Appliances and Materials
Chapter 4: Planning and Building
Chapter 5: Basement In-laws
Chapter 6: Garage Conversions
Chapter 7: Stand-alone In-laws
Chapter 8: Bump-outs, Carve-outs, and Attics

Afterword
Appendices/Resources
Index

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    great book

    We are planning to build a house in the next few years and expect that at least one of our elderly parents will live with us. We intend to design the house so that WE can stay thereas we get older as well. I heard about this book when the author was inteviewed on NPR, and it has been well worth buying.

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