Accessory Apartments in Connecticut: What They are and How to Build One

Posted by Greg Kamens

Granny flats, in-law cottages, laneway houses, accessory apartments—there are dozens of different names by which multigenerational housing units are known. Although such structures may look a little different depending on the format of your property in Connecticut, they more or less refer to the same thing: a second small dwelling on your property that is either attached to the main house or built separately.

An accessory house can provide a living space for an aging parent, an older child, a live-in caregiver, or visitors. The dwelling generally contains the same type of utilities and accommodations as traditional housing, including a kitchen, bedroom, private bathroom, living room and entrance. There are numerous environmental, financial, and lifestyle benefits to building an in-law cottage. One is that the unit is private and can be personalized for the needs of its distinct inhabitants while keeping them in close proximity to your family.

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Tags: CT Home Building, Home Remodeling, Exterior Remodeling, Home Additions, Creating Space

4 Places In the Home For a Mother-in-Law Apartment

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

 

There is a remodeling trend that has been steadily growing for a number of years—and it has nothing to do with colors, countertop materials, or open any of the things we normally associate with home design. This trend is all about creating space in the home for extended family members—whether it’s aging parents moving in with their grown children or adult children who are living at home while beginning their careers.

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Tags: Multi-Generational Living, Home Additions

Pros and Cons of First-Floor Master Suites

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

 

In recent years there has been a trend toward locating Master Suites in new homes on the main (or first) level. There are some pretty compelling reasons for this trend (and it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away). But is locating your Master Suite on the first floor the right move for you? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of first-floor master suites. Then you can decide for yourself.

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Tags: Aging in Place, Home Additions, Building a Custom Home

13 Things You Should Know About Tiles

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

When you’re contemplating building a new home or remodeling your existing Connecticut home, choosing new tile may not be the first item on your to-do list. But because there are so many different kinds of tiles—and applications—it’s a good idea to get a jump on collecting information. That’s why we posted our Updated Tile Guide: Types, Sizes, Patterns, and More some time ago. 

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Tags: Bathroom Remodeling, Home Additions, Building a Custom Home

Home Additions in Connecticut: How to Plan and What to Do

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Over time, a home will need to grow and change with the people who live in it as people's needs change and the small, quaint home a couple bought years ago is easily outgrown when kids, dogs, relatives, and guests come along.

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Tags: Home Additions

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