If your parents or in-laws are getting to the point where they shouldn’t live on their own, and they don’t want to go into assisted living, you might want to consider building an addition to your home just for them. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to expand, you can provide them with a comfortable area where they can rely on family for help, but still have privacy and a sense of independence.
A few must-haves for a comfortable addition:
Plenty of Storage — Storage is always a problem, no matter where one lives. Make certain your home addition includes a large walk-in closet or two separate smaller closets, so there’s enough room for clothing. Using a nightstand on each side of the bed with storage space will also prove useful for keeping odds and ends. Cabinets installed on otherwise empty walls are perfect for even more storage. If there’s room, include a small desk with drawers for keeping cards, letters, and other paperwork.
Comfortable Sleeping Area — Providing a dedicated sleeping area is the best arrangement (separate from a sitting/living area), but if that’s not possible, even a section in the room where you can provide a queen or king sized bed will do. You can then use a divider screen for additional privacy if necessary. If your parents prefer sleeping separately due to medical or other reasons, two twin beds with a chest of drawers between is a good option.
Sitting/Living Area — A place where your parents can relax and watch television or read is a necessity and will make them feel like the addition is more of a home. They can enjoy private time here on a small sofa or recliner chairs, when they’re not with the rest of the family. Your family will also feel free to invite guests or host parties, because your parents will have their own place in the home to go if they don’t want to join in.
Private Bathroom — You’ll need a bathroom that is for their use only for the ultimate in comfort and privacy. Make certain the bathroom design includes easy access bathing and hand rails. Larger door openings are also a consideration, which will allow wheelchair access, even if your parents are still mobile. If something happens to change that in the future, you won’t have to make further renovations.
Kitchenette for Convenience — If you don’t want to include a full kitchen or can’t provide one for any reason, a small kitchenette takes up very little room, but provides a lot of convenience. In one corner, include a small refrigerator and a cabinet that can hold a few dishes and pieces of silverware. On top of the cabinet, you can set a microwave, a coffee maker, a toaster, and/or a blender, depending on your parents’ lifestyle. Installing a shelf over the cabinet will increase space for the appliances needed.
Many types of designs exist for an addition to your home. For more ideas, please contact us today. GreenWood is a unique design-build company. It’s our mission to pour our talent, passion and enthusiasm into each project that comes our way. We look forward to the opportunity to exceed your expectations!