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Make the Most of Mother-in-Law Day with Suite Ideas

Mother in Law Day is a day to celebrate in-laws across the country. It originally started in 1934 by a newspaper editor in Amarillo, Texas, it will be celebrated Oct. 22. While it's a time to send warm thoughts and cards, it might not be a bad time to consider a mother in law suite for your home. Check out these mother in law suite addition plans.

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Light-filled suite

This mother-in-law suite in Burke, Virginia was built by Moss Building and Design. This design has an open living room with plenty of natural light and a small kitchen. The suite is connected by a screened porch and features two bathrooms. Learn about bump-out garage additions here. Photo: Courtesy of Moss Building and Design
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Age in Place Design

This one bedroom, one bathroom 900-square foot home out of Vancouver, British Columbia is a perfect mother in law suite with an expansive space. It's all on one level and allows wide enough entry to accommodate wheelchairs. This model also incorporates heated floors and a vaulted ceiling with a skylights.
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Mother in Law Suite with Shower Ramp

This mother in law suite design from Stanton Homes includes a shower ramp for wheelchair accessibility. Also, the bathroom vanity allows for easy wheelchair access. Give your home some age in place design.
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French Door Accents

This mother in law suite, also by Stanton Homes, features French doors, a private bath, sitting room and an outdoor living access. Learn how to build an outdoor living room.
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Two-story cottage/mother in law suite

This house plan by Nir Pearlson is designed as a two-story cottage but either story could be used as a mother in law suite depending on needs. It is just 1,000 square feet as a two-story home so it's cozy. This model features two bedrooms and one bath. It features a nice deck to enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy the outdoors in your home after you learn how to build a deck.  Photo: Courtesy of House Plans
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A Suite with Pedigree

This cottage plan also designed by Nir Pearlson garnered attention from Fine Homebuilding Magazine back in 2013 when the publication named it the best Small Home of the Year. The design went on to become a finalist in the 2014 Howie Awards, which are given out annually to the best designed homes. It's an 800-square foot cottage that includes two bedrooms, a large deck and utilizes solar power for electricity. There's loft space available and a generously sized bathroom.
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Behind the Home Suite

This home added the mother in law suite behind the home and can make for an excellent option when it comes to adhering to zoning laws in each community. Municipalities are still wrestling with developing code for mother in law suites.
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Above the Garage Suites

Mother in law suites above the garage have been a common option for mother in law suite addition plans. Though a second-story dwelling for an aging adult might not make sense, it can be utilized as a guest room. If you're not up to the rigors of building an addition to the garage there are sites like Zillow that can locate homes with mother in law suites.
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Going Big

Zillow can also show some big homes that have mother in law suites built in behind a unique design. Whether those plans fit within your budget is another topic. This home in California features a mother in law suite with its own elevator, kitchen and private entrance. If this pricey option isn't in your plans, maybe you can elevate your laundry game by building a laundry chute. Photo: Courtesy of Zillow

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