Necessities For Your Granny Cottage or Flat
It’s no secret that Americans are living longer and more active lives. As your parents get older you may consider a multi-generational living situation for convenience and cost savings. If your family is considering renovating your home to accommodate 1 or more seniors, you have two options: You can add a stand-alone Granny Cottage to your property, or you can add a Granny Flat or Apartment to your existing floorplan. Which option is right for your family will be determined by the level of care you need to provide to your aging parent(s) and what level of privacy and convenience you desire.
Long-Term Guest Necessities
If you plan to have an older family member move in with you for a significant period of time, a spare bedroom will not be sufficient. Long-term guests need privacy, certain conveniences, and their own personal space for them to feel at home. Because of this, we believe your granny cottage or flat should include these features:
If you opt for a Granny Flat over the more private Granny Cottage, a separate, private entrance is a must-have. Having a private entrance allows your family member to avoid disturbing the entire household as the come and go. The separate entrance also allows your guest to enjoy privacy and convenience.
As your aging parent gets more advanced in years they may eventually require a walker or wheelchair. You aging parent may also no longer be able to get into a tub safely and may have difficult rising from a sitting position. Because of these potentials we recommend having your Granny Cottage or Flat fully adaptable to ADA Compliance. This includes a walk-in shower with slip-resistant tiles, wide hallways and doors, and strategically placed stud that allow for easy installation of handrails.
Your long-term guest will need all the essentials for day-to-day life, including an efficient kitchen, washer & dryer, private bathroom, living/dining room, and a spacious bedroom. A fully-functioning Granny Cottage with a comfortable separate space will allow your guest, as well as your family, to have adequate privacy and independence.
Your apartment or stand-alone cottage doesn’t have to be used for an aging parent. This space can be used for a guest-house, to accommodate visiting relatives, or for extra income as a rental. All of Ilcor Builders’ Granny Cottages and add-on apartments are fully customizable—from the floorplan, finishes, and exterior design—So you can design your space to fit your individual needs. Regardless of your intended use for your cottage or apartment, Ilcor Builders can help you design and build the right space.
Ilcor Builders has been renovating and building custom homes on your lot in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas since 1963. We are a family owned business with over 50 years’ experience renovating and building custom homes. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home in our design studio in North Austin or in the comfort of your home. Please contact us at 512-476-7568 or request a free consultation.