Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A great renovation: creating another living space without building an addition and changing the look of a home

Call:  (301)943-4370
One of my clients decided to create an in-law suite because there was a strong possibility that one of their parents was going to move in with them.  So, a question that came into play was whether an addition would be necessary or if space in the home could be re-configured gracefully.

The owners decided that they didn't 'need' their former garage and so they turned into a fully equipped in-law suite.  The suite is just off of the family room. You enter into the kitchenette, which has a good number of cabinets and a sink.  The room to the right is a private bath with shower and the room to the left is a private bedroom.  It feels like a private living space. If they wanted to, they probably could have even created a private entrance into the home. But that could be done some time down the road by anyone.

When one creates an in-law suite/main level bedroom, he/she really appreciates having a powder room in the main living area of the home.  Not all model homes have a main level powder room.  This home does.  So, guests don't have to go through the in-law suite in order to wash up.  Real privacy.  The owners were also fortunate to have a garage space that could be converted into a full equipped in-law suite.  Many home owners would have to put an addition on their home to accomplish this. An addition was an option with this home as it is on a huge lot.  However,
re-purposing the space saved the owners a lot of money and from the outside, you can barely tell that their used to be a garage. The home kept its exterior integrity if you will.

Below are some pictures of the renovation:

Kitchenette in the in-law suite, with refridgerator, sink, cabinets, space for microwave
and window for daylight.

Private bedroom in the in-law suite, with closet space, room for desk and natural light.

Fully equipped bathroom in the in-law suite

Any time you are thinking of doing a home renovation, I would love to come over and see your home, discuss options and provide any input.  Also, I have a rolodex of great contractors and would be happy to refer you to someone.

By the way, speaking of referrals, whenever you hear of someone who is thinking of relocating,
I am here to help.

Thank you!

Adam Bashein
Licensed in MD & DC

Cell:  (301)943-4370
Office:  (301)469-4700 - ask for Adam
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
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