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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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Tramutola Bungalow Basement

Type: Basement conversion
Footprint: 750 square feet
Location: Oakland, California
Created: 2009

Basement conversions are among the most cost-effective types of in-law suites, provided there's enough headroom in the basement. Natural light doesn't have to be an issue if the home is located on a sloping lot, like this one created in a Craftsman bungalow.

To allow more light, the stairs to the main floor were moved and French doors were installed. This conversion benefits the upstairs also with better placement of the deck stairs, and the soundproofing in the new apartment's ceiling made the upstairs floors warmer. The newly created apartment features elegant architectural touches in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style, and its one-level living makes easy access for older relatives or renters.

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