Multiple Uses for Mother-In-Law Suites

Mother-in-law suites are multi-purpose housing units, offering a variety of benefits and usages. The chance to keep your extended family in close proximity, potentially strengthening communication and generational bonds, are just a few reasons why mother-in-law suites work. But, mother-in-law suites aren’t only used to house extended family members.

Opportunities abound with mother-in-law suites
These convenient structural housing additions are used as rental property, independent living spaces for adult children and music and art studios. Mother-in-law suites are also used as business locations. For example, a dentist might use the space to perform non-surgical procedures out of.

Even if it cost more to purchase a house with a mother-in-law suite, the buy could be a good investment. Turn the suite into an apartment and you could generate $500 or more a month from the space. Operate a business in the suite and you could save on commercial rental property fees. Use a mother-in-law suite as a traditional living space for your aging parent and you could be there should your parent need emergency assistance.

Homes that don’t have existing mother-in-law suites could work. For example, an attached garage can be converted into a mother-in-law suite. A large, three-car garage might offer you 350 square feet or more to work with, giving you room to design a bedroom, living room, bathroom and small kitchen.

Existing multi-generational suites may come with a front porch, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a den or living room. Opt for an open floor plan and your parents or in-laws may be able to enjoy outdoor views from several locations in the house. Should you buy or build a mother-in-law suite for an aging relative, consider installing safety support rails in the bathroom and sticking to a one-level floor plan.

Additional considerations
It’s important that relatives enjoy a sense or independence while living in mother-in-law suites. Although your parents are nearby, it’s a good idea to give them a heads up before you drop in.

If you’re taking the business route with your mother-in-law suite, design a waiting area. Make sure that there’s sufficient customer parking, so that customers aren’t forced to park in front of your neighbors’ houses.

Measurable benefits
Once a quarter, total how much you are spending on the mother-in-law suite in utilities and property fees. Add up revenues that you are generating from the property. Make adjustments as needed, if you’re spending more than you’re generating from the property. The exception is if the property is being used as a traditional mother-in-law suite.

Basic Decorating Idea

Is your home a restful and relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the work-a-day world? Or is it dark, dreary, and certainly not a place where you would want to “hang-out” 24/7?

If you acknowledge that your habitat could use a facelift, but the thought of choosing colors and making decisions on décor items paralyzes you, not to worry. Interior decorating can be simple and easy if you follow a few basic principles.

Let There Be Light

Sometimes all it takes to make a room look inviting and warm is a change in lighting. You may be considering a major remodel such as installing larger, eco-friendly windows or a skylight or perhaps all it takes is a new light fixture to change the dynamics of the room.

Hang Artwork At Eye Level

To achieve a harmonious feeling in any given room, hang your primary pieces of artwork at eye level. When “eye-catching” items are hung too high or too low on a wall, it can make the room seem off-balance or give the illusion of disorder and diminished space.

No matter if you are tall or short, hang art items at your eye-level, you are the one that lives here and will see it daily. However, if you share your space with others, it is best to hang at an average height of approximately 5’8” from the floor.

Decorate To Please You – Not The Public

Avoid getting caught up in trends that are soon dated. This is your home, your space, so decorate it in a way that is pleasing to your eye and compliments your personality. Unless you are preparing the property for sale, keep in mind that you are creating a space where you will feel comfortable; forget about impressing “The Jones.”

Enliven Rooms With Mirrors

If you are working with a small space, consider install or mounting mirrors to reflect interest aspects of the room and to provide a feeling of spaciousness. Strategically placed mirrors make any room look larger. To add visual interest, consider mirrors with different styles and colors of frames. Make a collage, hang a mirror from the ceiling: you are only limited by your imagination.

Take Your Time

When planning to redecorate or remodel a room in your home, spend some time considering the room’s intended purpose. If you plan to use the space as a home office, you will want adequate lighting, mood-uplifting colors, a well-planned work center, bookshelves, and lots of electrical outlets. On the other hand, if redecorating a bedroom, you may want plush rugs, a four-poster bed adorned with handmade quilts or a modern, streamlined contemporary décor featuring glass and chrome furniture and recessed light with a ceiling fan. Take your time finding a “look” that feels right to you. Visit home and garden show, open houses, designer showrooms for ideas and inspiration.

Avoid Pointing All Your Furniture Towards The Entertainment Center

How often have you walked into someone’s family room, living room, entertainment center, or den and noted that all the furniture was pointed at the television? Doesn’t anyone talk to each other anymore? Create a conversation grouping, or install a window set where you can curl up with a good book.

Planning To Remodel?

Is your home showing signs of wear and tear, presenting a worn and sad face to the world? Updating and remodeling are an ideal way to enhance the appearance, functionality, enjoyment, and value of your home. While home improvement is a great way to make your home a reflection of your personality, it is important to do a bit of planning and research before you begin.

Do The Research

Visit open houses, review decorating magazines, and visit home and garden shows for ideas and inspiration. There are so many new and innovative decorating trends and eco-friendly building products; you will want a clear idea in mind of your personal preferences.

Prioritize Your Projects

Like most homeowners, you probably have several ideas for home improvement projects that you would like to accomplish to improve the quality of your home and enhance your lifestyle. Replacing weather stripping and adding insulation to the attic should perhaps take priority over building an outdoor fireplace.

 Evaluate Your Reasons For Remodeling

First of all, consider if you plan to remain in the home for many years or if you are contemplating selling the property within the next five years. Some projects such as adding an in-ground swimming pool can offer years of enjoyment, but you may not recover your investment were you to put the house up for sale. On the other hand, a new roof adds to the value of the property and immediately impacts the home’s appeal to potential buyers.

Decide On A Budget

Many homeowners report they have “champagne taste and a beer budget.” It is wise to keep in mind that you can’t really enjoy your new media room if you spend all your time worrying about how your are going to pay for it.

Not to worry. If you plan a budget for your project, you can stick to it by finding substitutes for some materials and products that will produce the same or similar appearance and functionality. Selecting laminate flooring instead of solid hardwood flooring is but one example.

Determine If You Need A Professional Contractor

Unless you are an experienced “do-it-yourself” type of homeowner, many jobs such as plumbing, roofing, electrical wiring, and masonry are best left to a professional contractor. On major jobs, even if you think you will do-it-yourself, it is wise to request bids from at least two independent reputable contractors. Not only will you learn someone else’s approach to the project, you may find that when you consider the time involved and that you may not have the appropriate skills, tools or equipment for the job, it is more time and cost efficient to hire a contractor.