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buster57

jas618: Is the space able to be completely separate? Then renting it out is ideal. A true mother/daughter in our area would go for big bucks. I wish my Mom would have agreed to sell her house & then we would sell our house so we could have bought a true mother/daughter or a 2-family or a bigger house. But then again hindsight is 20/20. We have no idea what we will do with the space we added for Mom (it's basically 2 rooms under 450 sq ft & now that she needs an aide...it's not easy). It is a separate space but only by what used to be our back door. The yard is together & has our driveway & shed in her space as the addition was our backyard. But as it stands now, she'll probably outlive me. LOL.

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jas618

To Kristina- After 15 years of living with someone continually, having long-term guests or renting out to someone is not appealing. We have already used the space twice for out-of-town guests staying a week or less and it's worked beautifully. In time, we would like to offer the space to some missionaries we know who will need a place to hang their hat for a year or so. For now, though, we're enjoying it being "just us".


To buster57- With the door on the entrance to the downstairs steps, it is completely separate. When we take the door off, it's part of the house.


We contacted our long-time trusted realtor who told us to go ahead and put a kitchen in, but make sure it "fits" with the rest of the house and doesn't exceed $10,000. Well, that could be a tall order (money wise), but that's what we're working on doing now.


To those thinking about having family move in.......If the people / person you are thinking of moving into your home is cantankerous, unappreciative, demanding and unwilling to do anything for themselves, don't do it. If, on the other hand, they are kind considerate, do their best to help themselves and are a joy to be around, then go for it!

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Kristina

With those house guests, seems to me you're using the space, even if it isn't year-round. If it doesn't have its own kitchen, I can really understand not wanting to fill the space. When we had a full house, with a family in the basement and a couple in the over-the-garage bedroom suite, the kids had breakfast and lunch in the basement but we all shared the big kitchen for dinner. Our son had the brilliant idea of giving each couple 2 nights to be in charge of dinner for the family with Friday night, being date night anyway, everyone was on their own. It worked out well for us but I must admit I'm enjoying my empty house now. I don't think any of my neighbors judge us for having more house than we need full time, but I don't feel I would need to justify it if they did. I did have one neighbor ask for a family member if our basement was available to rent out. She didn't realize that, while it does have a separate entrance it isn't really all that separate from the rest of the house. You shouldn't worry about that space not being used regularly, especially if you love your home and neighborhood, as I do mine. You'll probably enjoy future house guests more with the space you're able to give them than you would if you were in closer quarters in a smaller home.


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