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

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Change is a law of nature. Seeds become trees and cocooned caterpillars butterflies; rivers cut solid rock into canyons; mountains crumble into boulders, then rocks, then pebbles, until they are no more than flakes of sand swirling in the ocean. This law is ubiquitous. You see the evidence of it working in your life as you grow and evolve. New opportunities, family members, or needs enter your life and alter your course irrevocably.

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5 Tips for Building and Customizing Your Perfect In-Law Suite

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Having a family member move into your home or property is a huge life change for all involved. Whether they’re an aging parent or a recent college graduate, you need to adjust your home to accommodate the new arrival. They need their own bedroom and bathroom at the very least. However, it may be ideal for them to have a space separate from the main house to afford you a measure of privacy. 

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Tags: CT Home Building, Home Remodeling, Aging in Place, Home Additions

The Ultimate Guide to Attic Remodeling

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

In my family, the attic is a place to dump stuff. Old photo albums from Grandma, the baby crib with the cracked headboard, unwanted Christmas gifts, and old magazines we think we’ll read again but never do. 

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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

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