addition for multigenerational living
Deb Housel
February 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Our daughter has suffered a brain injury and we want to build an apartment on our house which will give her privacy. Our dilemma is building to meed town codes and also not building a rental unit. The town won't let people put on additons for rental purposes but we want a place for our daughter but also privacy for her. Any ideas. We are a middle class income family.
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I cannot imagine a township that would not allow an "in-law" type suite that would serve the purpose you need for your daughter. As long as it interconnects to the house, I don't see why it would be viewed any differently than a family room addition or master suite addition. Most towns/cities have a process for review and appeal. You would need to get your plan together and it is helpful to have an architect or someone familiar with the requirements to assist you through the process.
February 18, 2013 at 9:09AM   
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Jayme H.
I am so sorry for your daughter's injury and I hope she is doing better..Also, IDK if u need to mention anything about a "rental" when getting a building permit, etc...Being this is a family member and the unit will be attached to your home, it doesn't sound like it would fall under the same restrictions. Have u already spoken with someone in the building inspector's dept?
February 18, 2013 at 9:19AM   
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Deb Housel
Thank you for your responses! I took Deborah Butler's advice and called an architect familiar with our family and the town. He is going to help us work this out. He said the same thing you said, Deborah. So, we begin!
February 18, 2013 at 10:36AM     
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Good luck to you. I can't believe they will prevent this - it should be a slam dunk. Make sure your architect is well schooled in all of the principles of universal design and aging-in-place. They will be very useful to you as you go through the design.
February 18, 2013 at 10:40AM     
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Deb Housel
Thank you everyone!
April 15, 2013 at 7:23PM   
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Hope that means you are beginning! How wonderful. Hope all goes well.
April 16, 2013 at 8:23AM   
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