Even if you won’t be supporting your in-laws anytime soon, the in-law apartment is a multi-functional addition you may want to consider. It can be a basement unit, second- or first-floor add-on, a garage addition, or a free-standing exterior building. The space usually consists of a separate entrance, bedroom, private bathroom, living area, and kitchen or kitchenette. Here is some more information on in-law suites.
There are many factors that can affect the cost of adding an in-law apartment to a home, most notably the size and scope of the project, materials used, the type of bathroom and kitchen added, the amount of plumbing and electrical work that needs to be completed, and more. You can get a few price quotes to learn more about costs.
The durability of an addition like an in-law apartment depends on the materials used, as well as the quality of the construction, etc.
Once built, an in-law apartment is subject to the same amount of maintenance as the rest of the home.
The zoning restrictions depend entirely on the neighborhood you plan on building in. Often times, if a neighborhood is zoned for single-family residences, you can’t create an apartment addition due to traffic considerations. If this is the case in your area, however, you may be able to obtain an exemption.
If you plan on building an in-law apartment, you will need to obtain the necessary housing permits along with building/construction permits. If the space is simply undergoing a conversion, you will still need to make sure it passes a building inspection.
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