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pittsburgheast
I think it's very important to incorporate aging in place into designs for anyone over 50 (and sometimes younger). While my in-laws in their 80s are very active, my 70yo mother cannot handle stairs at all. Our guest suite in the basement has not been accessible for her for a couple years. Unfortunately, we don't have a shower or bathtub for her on the main floor. Our next house will.
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Sybil Jane Barrido, FASID, CID - SJVD DESIGN
At the time this project was completed the Mother-in-Law suite was viewed as a guest suite for a young and mobile family with active grandparents. Working in Senior living though from my experience; many of the aging in place principals would not apply having to navigate the stairs to enter the unit. See the attached images from Carlsbad by the Sea
   
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Evan

This is a very helpful post. My wife and I have been talking about doing an in-law setup with her parents and are currently in the House Hunting phase. Our big dilemma is: Do we look for a house that is already built with the in-law structure, or do we find a suitable home/property with enough room to build? Are there ballpark cost figures that we can use to guesstimate approximate build-out costs? Figure 1000 sq ft, with a full kitchen (my MIL is Italian and has to be able to cook Sunday macaroni dinner), 1 1/2 baths, bedroom, and living room area with middle-of-the-line appliances. Laundry can be shared. Both in-laws are in early-mid 70's and still very active (and working), but thinking ahead, it would make sense to be as accessible as possible from the start (zero-entry, no upstairs, parking, etc). I was told by a friend who is a local builder that in our area (NY/CT), renos to an existing structure can be around $175 per sq ft. I know costs are heavily dependent on geographic location, local zoning laws, fit/finish/materials, etc. but since we're still in the hunting phase, how do we evaluate the best direction to take?

   
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