In-Law Suite Trend and Its Baggages

Adding in Law Suite to Existing Home

Trendy! Trendy! Wonder why adding an in-law suite has been a trend to multi-generational families? We’ll get to that later on.

First, let me give you a broad picture of an in-law suite. You can name it in a lot of ways, you can call it granny suite, granny flat or mother-in-law apartment. An in-law suite can be achieved in different ways, such as an area above the garage, a renovated basement, an underused room on the first floor, the porch area or a detached apartment.

According to the data of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), a nonprofit organization empowering people age 50 above, presenting an increase in multigenerational households by 0.8 percent from 6.2 million in 2008 to 7.1 million in 2010.

Voila! The concept of adding an in-law suite became an in demand project for remodeling contractors. Homeowners preferred to have an in-law suite to best accommodate their aging parents, in-laws and relatives.

But as what Spider Man said, “Great power comes great responsibility!”, I say “Great trend comes heavy baggages!”.


What do we mean by privacy? Do we need our in-law suite to be an isolated quarter? No, you just have to make sure that the person residing in the suite has enough privacy to live their life independently.

  • Separate entrance
  • Separate kitchen, bathroom, bedroom sitting storage, and washer-dryer
  • Install separate light, heat, smoke and air-conditioning controls and fire detectors
  • Install a separate phone line and Internet connection


Who will be living in the suite? Always take in consideration the ability and disability of the person that will occupy your in-law suite. And the safe way to cater such requirement is to build your in-law suite on the first floor.

  • Spacious area
  • No-slip flooring
  • Reachability of amenities
  • Wide and easy-open doors
  • Easy-open drawer and cabinet hardwares
  • Availability of handrails and grab bars
  • Connecting entrances to public areas of the house
  • Install overhead and handheld shower heads
  • Put electrical outlets on both sides of the bed
  • Install emergency call buttons


You can’t avoid to accommodate a diverse set of people in your in-law suite. You might want your aging parents closer, perhaps relatives who visit you frequently. How to conform to such a setup? Simple, just settle for a universal touch.

  • Use neutral attractive colors
  • Incorporate versatile designs

Not that much of a baggage, right?

Having an in-law suite means having a lot of time for a family get together. Moreover, you could provide immediate help to your parents in case of accidents, giving you peace of mind.

Planning and designing an in-law suite is definitely a crucial task. Especially that you have to involve the occupants throughout the process. Good thing we have remodeling contractors. You just need to choose the most credible and the best among the rest.

Need some help for your in-law suite planning? Set an appointment with Foster remodeling for a free consultation.

For over 30 years, Foster Remodeling Solutions, Inc. has been offering kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodelingin-law suites and home additions improvement services. Our service area extends to Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA. Request for a FREE CONSULTATION at 703-550-1371 or visit us at 7211 Telegraph Square Dr, Lorton, VA 22079 today!

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