June 25, 2018 Steve Shinn, CR

Excellent Ideas for Building Mother-in-Law Suite Addition


A mother-in-law suite is an excellent option if you have a parent or two that wants or needs to move into your home at some point in time. Instead of just making them stay in a single spare bedroom, you can create a larger space in an area of your home that is as unique as they are.

Here are a few excellent ideas for building a mother-in-law suite addition:


Every basement that we have seen has quite a bit of space, and with a little bit of work, you can create the perfect mother-in-law suite. This new space will offer your parents the privacy that they may still desire, while letting them be close to a lot of the action. You can create a bedroom, sitting area or living room, bathroom, and even a small kitchen in this space. The only downside to putting this suite in the basement is that your parents will need to go up and down the stairs whenever they leave their living quarters.


Converting your garage is another option when you are considering building a mother-in-law suite and you can include many different design options with this choice. By utilizing your garage, you are allowing your parents to stay on the ground level, which alleviates the issue of stairs, and giving them their own entrance. There is a downside to using your garage though, and that is that you will no longer be able to park your car in there.

Interior Space

Converting an interior space might take a little bit of work, especially to get the size suite that you and your parents prefer, but it is quite possible. You can turn this space into a dream mother-in-law suite without doing too many structural changes. The only downside to this type of mother-in-law suite is that your parents may not have the privacy that they want.


Constructing an addition is oftentimes the only way that you can include a mother-in-law suite in your existing space. This addition can either be attached to your house or if you have the space, you can construct a guest house on your property. Obviously, the space that you have available will dictate how large you can make this addition, but the right layout will make any new room feel more spacious than it is.

Mother-in-law suites come in all shapes and sizes, so you should feel free to design the one that will work best for you and your parents. You may feel that a bedroom, bathroom, and small kitchen is sufficient, while others may add a living room, dining area, and even a second bedroom to theirs. Whatever you choose, you will want to make it comfortable for your parents as well as safe.