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

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In-laws, outlaws and granny flats

By David Foster - March 4, 2011

Michael Litchfield's newly released book, In-laws, outlaws and granny flats follows in the tradition of Taunton Press' high quality crafts magazines and books. The photographs are beautiful and the layout and design is carefully done and easy on the eye. Where this book differs from many of their others, however, is in the ground-breaking nature of the "granny unit" topic. While granny units, or accessory dwelling units, were once common place as a way of providing for the shelter needs of extended family members our current-day communities have often turned their backs on this type of housing. Modern day zoning practices routinely see these small backyard cottages and converted attic and basement apartments as a threat to the serenity of our single-family neighborhoods. Michael's new book is the first of its kind to challenge this way of thinking. Through the use of an impressive and carefully researched list of diverse case studies his book walks you through the re-emerging granny... read more

in-laws,outlaws,granny flats

By Northern VA Tunelady - May 16, 2011

We recently relocated back to the mid-atlantic region after being away for five years. My husband and I are retired and will be looking to buy a 'seasoned charmer' home in the next 2 years as opposed to a newer mcmansion with wasted space for two people. I saw this book reviewed in the Washington Post and since I have adult children with families in the immediate area, I was curious as to what options might be available in building a smaller space on an already inhabited residential lot. My advice to anyone contemplating this same option is 'don't pick up this book and start to explore it, anytime close to preparing a meal, unless you have a second cook in the house or you can order carryout.' It's mezmorizing in ideas, floor plans, before/after results pictures and makes you want to get in your car and start exploring the nearest town for available lots. I read it from cover to cover and kept interrupting my husband's activities to show him my latest 'what a great idea' find. I sent... read more

Smart book on smart subject

By Loving Husband - March 27, 2011

I concur with the other reviewers. There are several different methods for configuring an ADU and most are represented here. The text flows logically from dealing with planning departments through choosing a design appropriate for your needs. The sections on choosing space-saving appliances are especially concise and well reasoned. This book should be useful to anyone living in a small space, whether a second unit or not. Made us wish we still had living in-laws!

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