Finding privacy in your home to work or relax is important. You may even need private living quarters for relatives or others sharing your home. Check out these articles for some great ideas.
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October 2023

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We all need a little privacy sometimes so in this issue we are looking at ways to create personal sanctuaries within your home, allowing you to enjoy moments of solitude without feeling entirely isolated. Plus, we'll also look at how to create an in-law suite, ideal for accommodating relatives or others who live with you while ensuring they have their own space.

Tim Ellis, Owner of T.W. Ellis, LLC


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How to Create Private Spaces in
Your Home

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In today’s busy, stressful world, sometimes we need a little privacy. We need a place to sit in peace and quiet, out of sight, and without any additional noise.

The problem is that many homes are built for everyone to gather together in large, open spaces without the need for some solo time. If your home lacks privacy, here are a few ideas to fix that.

Add French Doors

It may sound too obvious, but installing French doors to an office or dining area will make the room look and feel separate from the rest of the home and give you the extra privacy you need.

Using French doors won’t make the space feel small or closed in since you can still see into other rooms in your home. However, having the doors closed will alert other family members that you need some privacy.

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Nicely appointed in-law suite with a kitchen and dining area and separate living area.

Ideas for Creating an In-Law Suite 

With the rise of multi-generational living and the need for more space, in-law suites have become a practical solution for many families.

In-law suites are typically a small apartment or living space that is attached to a home, sometimes with a separate entrance. They can be used for elderly parents, adult children, or even as a rental unit. In-law suites are also a great way to increase the value of a home.

If you’re looking to create an in-law suite, or remodel a current one, here are some design ideas.

Choose a Good Location

The first thing you’ll need to decide is where to put the in-law suite. If you have a basement that can be accessed from the outside, this is where most in-law suites are placed.

Another option is to put the in-law suite above a detached garage. This is often an ideal location, because it’s a separate structure from the main home, which enhances privacy.

If neither of those are an option, you may have to build an addition into your home, or rework the interior floorplan to accommodate separate living spaces.

Separate Spaces

Creating a separate entrance for the in-law suite provides privacy and independence for the family member living there. You should also create a separate kitchen or kitchenette, and a full bathroom, complete with a shower. This allows the family member to do everything they need to do without having to enter the main living area. 

Contemporary in-law suite with lots of storage

Maximize Space 

In-law suites are often small spaces, so it is important to maximize the available space. One way to do this is by using built-in storage, such as shelves or cabinets. This keeps the space clutter-free and organized.

Many of the spaces in the in-law suite will have to do double duty. The kitchen will likely need a dining area, while the living room may double as a work area or even a bedroom.

Create a Functional Layout

When remodeling an in-law suite, it is important to create a functional layout. This means ensuring that the space flows well and that there is enough room for each area. 

For example, the bathroom should be easily accessible from the bedroom, and the kitchen should be close to the living area. It is also important to consider the overall style and aesthetic of the space. Using a cohesive color scheme and design elements can create a harmonious and inviting space.

Select the Right Materials and Finishes

Choosing the right materials and finishes is important when remodeling an in-law suite. It is important to choose durable materials that will stand up to wear and tear. 

Additionally, choosing materials that are easy to clean and maintain is important. When it comes to finishes, choosing a neutral color palette can create a timeless and inviting space. Incorporating natural materials, such as wood or stone, can also add warmth and texture to the space.

Add Smart Home Technology

Incorporating smart home technology can make an in-law suite feel modern and high-tech. This can include features such as a voice-activated assistant, automated lighting, or a smart thermostat. 

These features can make the in-law suite more comfortable and convenient for the family member living in the space, while also helping to keep utility bills low.

Other Considerations

When remodeling an in-law suite, it is important to consider factors such as local zoning laws, the needs of the family member living in the space, and the cost of the remodel. 

If you’re looking to create a separate living space for your aging parents or adult children, give us a call! We’ll help you put together a plan.


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