How to Build a Mother-in-Law Suite

Mother in-law suites are usually generated from three major types of remodeling, the basement remodel, the garage conversion and the suite addition. These are the most widely used plans. No matter which one of these projects you choose, you need to ask these question and follow the advice that I'm about to give you. The following paragraphs are  broad overviews. I will be expounding upon them in later articles. 1) Are There Any Covenants or Restriction to Keep You From Building a Mother-in-Law Suite? Check with your subdivision, city and/or your county to see if they will allow two separate households to reside at the same address. You may be able to use same address “front, rear or side”. Even if you don’t need a permit to build your in-law suite always ask this question. Is there any public entity that may have judgment over your “zoning” privileges? Zoning can specifically define the use of your property. 2) Are Your Existing Utilities Sufficient For A Mother In Law Suite? This could be a big one. Check the utilities of your existing home, to include the electrical service (power panel), the plumbing (both waste and water supply) and the heating/ cooling system to see if they are large enough to handle the new in-law suite. Use our “Concept Design Form” found at or website. Print it out and present it...

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