My wife and I knew we had to do something rather quickly for the well being off my mother in-law. She needed 24/7 care. She wanted her own space but was unable to take care of herself. Barb (my wife) and I talked it out. We needed a place she could use on the first level of our house. We had only one place available. It was our attached garage. We decided it was the best to build a garage apartment or Mother in -law suite for Barb's mom there. How We Built Our Garage In-Law Suite We made an entrance door off our laundry area to the single slip of ourgarage. Our garage was deep enough that we built a bedroom, adequate size closet, accessible bathroom with a custom shower, kitchenette and small sitting area. We made the entire space independently tempered by using a self contained electric HVAC system that fit into a small closet space off the kitchenette. The entire in-law suite fit inside the single car slip of our three car garage. We raised the floor of the in-law suite with wood framing to match the existing finish floor elevation of our home. We used 2x4 wood studs to frame all four perimeter walls. We insulated and dry walled the perimeter walls. Now we had a rectangle of the total square footage for the mother...Read More
Author: Tom Bills
Do you have a big basement that would make a great living space for your loved one, but no walk out? That’s not a big problem thanks to the innovation of concrete cutting. Concrete Foundation walls can be cut to exact dimensions for an exterior door with a stairway or walk out that will meet most code requirements for a “secondary egress”. Egress is a term meaning away from confinement or way out”. This “secondary egress” will allow your basement to become a true acceptable “living space”. Remember any area that is a “living space” can be counted as added square footage of your home at resale, increasing its value. The Window Well Did you know there is another solution to creating a secondary egress in concrete walls? It’s a great new product known as “Rockwell” window wells. This awesome new product is economical, strong, smart looking, extremely durable and pretty much maintenance free. Take a look at this product on line at www.rockwellinc.com. They have a great slide show and list to help you see actual applications and help you simplify your basement mother in-law suite design. A product such as “Rockwell” window wells usually comes in sections that bolt into the existing foundation. These sections simply stack one on another to create a wonderful natural lighting solution to the secondary egress. It can make any basement feel...Read More
Caring for an older relative can be difficult, and many of us wonder whether we are capable of providing the care our relatives need as they get older and less capable of taking care of themselves. The good news is that in many cases parents and other relatives who have health and mobility issues can thrive in the home environment. The key is to make the right preparations and establish a comfortable and safe home environment for your aging loved ones. Building an In-Law Suite Building a so-called mother-in-law suite in your own home can be a great way to keep your loved ones in your home – and out of nursing home care – while still enjoying the peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved ones will be safe. By building safety mechanisms and mobility aids into the suite you will be able to provide excellent care, enjoy precious time together as a family and avoid the cost and difficult adjustments of nursing home care. Caring for your aging loved ones at home with a mother-in-law suite in your own home has a great many advantages – both for your aging relatives and for the rest of your family. For instance a mother-in-law suite in your home means that your aging parents can remain together, something that is not an option in many nursing homes. A...Read More
Basement Conversion for Mother In Law Suite - Pictures Sometimes Converting a basement into a mother in law suite is a great way to make a place for Mom thats close and cost effective! Many products and in-law suite designs are available to make this living space and comfortable as possible for both the elderly person being cared for and the care giver alike. Some Contractors even specialize in the area of building custom mother in-law suites Click on any of the pictures below to...Read More
The video below is an example of a conversion of a single bay of a two-car garage into a cozy In-Law suite. This Mother In Law Suite was designed and built by T.Bills Constriction Inc. in St.Louis Missouri. Careful mother in law suite design and planing was used to make this living space comfortable, usable, and efficient. Garage Conversion for Mother in Law Suites - Pictures Click on any of the images below to enlarge. Related Articles: Guide to Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Care at Home Part 1 The first thing to determine when contemplating home care is whether it is in the best interest of... What is Alzheimers Disease? Alzheimer's Disease, or senile dementia, is a degenerative brain disease to which elderly people are particularly prone. Not only does it cause great stress to... Adult Day Care; How to Find the Best Adult Day Care Center for You Adult day care involves specialized programs that are designed to enhance the social, mental and physical...Read More
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