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