Tuesday, February 4, 2020

In-Law Apartment Addition

These clients have long distance family who come to visit and stay for a while. The thinking was that as their parents age and move away from living on their own in Vermont, they may stay for the winter, or even move in permanently someday. This separate "apartment" space was designed to allow for extended family visits, where the grandparents, the homeowners, and their children can still have privacy and autonomy. I organized the floor plan in such as way so the grandparents suite, while connected to the main house, has it's own separate entrance off the front door and is far from the owner's bedrooms. With the separate entrance and spaces that are large enough that a kitchenette could be added someday, this homeowner or a future owner could rent out the apartment someday too, since this village location is zoned for it.

Wood Stove and wide glass doors to the back from the new apartment living room

Sitting Area with double pocket doors to the bedroom

New Bedroom with small windows toward the street and vaulted ceiling
Entry Vestibule -enter main house or new apartment from here
The addition is designed with a simple shed roof shape, punctured square windows, and dark vertical siding. The feeling both inside and out is contemporary, clean and spacious with high. sloped ceilings and transom windows. The new grandparent suite includes a sitting room with a wood stove, glass doors to the back yard and pocket doors to a large bedroom with a huge storage closet and bathroom. The other part of the addition is a new vestibule entry space that has medium grey clapboard siding and does the job both visually and functionally of connecting the two living spaces.

A Contemporary aesthetic - high square windows for privacy
This is the second addition I designed for this village ranch. Check out the first addition here: