4 Benefits of an In-Law Suite

December 4, 2017

Family is always an important aspect to consider when building your dream custom home. It hopefully will be your home for a long time, so it’s good to consider what’s best for your family. If you have aging parents or are planning for your own future, an in-law suite might be a good feature to consider. Here are some benefits of an in-law suite:

What is an In-Law Suite?

An in-law suite is basically a secondary apartment attached or close to your home. To be considered a true in-law suite, this space should include a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, as well as a living room or something similar. It should also have its own entrance. These are just some of the necessities every in-law suite should have.

This space allows for whoever is in this space to have privacy but still be in close proximity to the house and family. An in-law suite can be a finished basement, a space over your garage, or even a guest house close by.

4 Benefits of In-Law Suites

Here are a few benefits of an in-law suite to help you decide if it’s right for your custom home:

1. Caring for Parents

Having an in-law suite is a great option for aging parents. It allows them to have their privacy and set their own schedule, but they still are close by if they require assistance for certain tasks.

It retains their dignity as human beings and allows them to maintain some independence while still keeping them nearby. It’s a great alternative to a retirement or nursing facility because it helps keep family ties strong.

2. Multigenerational Living Comfort

Multigenerational living is becoming a popular trend for families. It allows for families to keep strong bonds and can be a smart financial decision.

If you consider your custom home to be your forever home, an in-law suite can give you options as you age, or your parents could also live in that space. This is one of the custom home-building considerations for growing families.

And with the trend of adult children moving back in with their parents, an in-law suite is a nice place for them to have privacy, but still be a part of the home. An in-law suite is one way to design your home for multigenerational living.

3. Extra Childcare

Another potential benefit of an in-law suite is that you may get help with childcare. If your parents occupy your in-law suite and are able, they may be able to help provide childcare. This can be invaluable because not only does it save money, but it also fosters a bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

4. More Space

If you are considering adding an in-law suite to your custom home but won’t need it right away, it can be great for extra space. It can be used as a place for college kids home on break to stay, for house guests, or depending, you can even rent out the space if you want to pursue that option. It also can be used as a flex room or for storage, as an office space, or for general family use.

These are just a few benefits of an in-law suite to consider if you are thinking of including one in your custom home design. If you’re ready to get started designing and building your own custom home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090. We’ll help bring your dream home to life!