Book Review: In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats

Are you thinking about doing a remodeling project to carve out a space for an aging loved on?  Before you get started, you may want to spend time reviewing books on the process and looking at examples to help spur your imagination.  A new book, In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes, presents an informative, illustrated guide that outlines strategies for construction and design of dwelling units either as part of an existing single family residence or an additional structure on premise.

In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats

The first half of the book provides chapters on design that encompasses basic concepts of universal design applicable in designing residential living space for seniors that covers appliances, zoning, architectural plans.  The author highlights various types of projects that include basement redesign, garage conversions, bump-outs, carve-outs and other strategies that might make sense when examining the options.  Many of the concepts identified are applicable to any age and provide some basic fundamentals on residential design but other components are clearly aimed at a 55+ market.


The second half of the book shows over 25 variations of in-law units in the United States and Canada and chronicles the stories behind each space that the homeowner modified from general requirements to very specific personal preferences for each space.  The book includes 200 color photographs, 50 floor plans and architectural details for a variety of designs and concepts.

Michael Litchfield, who has authored other home-remodeling books in the past, shows his depth of knowledge and understanding of the home remodeling market.  “In-Laws” builds on that knowledge and provides a practical approach that incorporates his deep experience in providing examples an concepts of well designed spaces for aging in place.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to remodel your home for an aging parent or relative, “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats” is a good starting point to evaluate your current home’s potential and provide inspiration for its future potential.