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In-Law Suites: Finding Space and Income in Your House

Photo: Muffey Kibbey | "In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats " published by The Taunton Press in 2011

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Bye's Over-Garage Apartment

Type: Garage conversion
Footprint: 729
Location: Minnesota
Created: 2004

This is a different kind of garage conversion, in which the upstairs storage loft is converted into living space. The space is sometimes known as a chauffeur's apartment, but Heidi and Jim Bye created this apartment for Jim's recently widowed father, Billy.

The result was an open-plan apartment that's cozy with its fireplace, scenic with its large windows at the front gable end, and pleasantly situated, with a lake nearby. Plenty of storage cabinetry was created under the eaves by installing knee walls, allowing the main space to remain uncluttered and appear larger. The spacious appearance, ample storage, and other pluses of these digs are fortunate, because Billy Bye is now remarried.

Photo: Muffey Kibbey | "In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats " published by The Taunton Press in 2011