Adding an In-Law Addition To Your New Jersey Home

Posted on:  March 27, 2013

Not long ago a Wall Street Journal article reported a claim by the U.S. Census Bureau that the number of U.S. households with two or more adult generations had jumped by 9.2 percent between 2008 and 2010. It’s a trend that seems to be on the rise. Not only has there been an increase in the number of adult children moving back home after graduation, but also an increasing number of families are choosing to create space for their aging parents—rather than sending them to retirement homes.

Both of those scenarios require more than simply clearing out the guest bedroom. In order to accommodate multi-generational lifestyles, the best solution may be an addition that allows for togetherness and privacy—sometimes referred to as an “in-law addition.”

Is an in-law addition right for your New Jersey home? There are certainly some facts that suggest this might be the right choice. For one thing, there are a number of studies that indicate that most of the cost of a mid-range two-story addition can be recovered when it’s time to sell your home. And building an addition is almost always cheaper than building a new home with the same amount of space. Plus you avoid the hassle (and expense) of a move.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your New Jersey-area home to accommodate additional family members, you might want to take a look at a helpful resource called,In-Laws, Outlaws, & Granny Flats. It features 50 different floor plans and more than 200 color photos, and walks you through a thorough process that can help you determine if multi-generational living is right for you. (You can check out In-Laws, Outlaws, & Granny Flatson amazon.com)

We’ve been building quality additions in the Morris, Union, Bergen and Essex county areas for years. We invite you to check out some of our recent addition projects here or visit houzz.com for inspiration. And if you have more questions about home additions—and if it’s the right move for you—please contact us. We’ll do our best to give you the information that will help you make the right decision for your family!

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