Saturday, April 28, 2012

Home Remodel Dallas Trends Part 3: Mother-in-Law Suites and Tiny Houses


With many families doubling up or downsizing, and with everyone’s mind on environmental impact, home remodel Dallas trends have ventured into new territory: tiny houses. Picture an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly, transportable cottage resembling something from a storybook. C'mon, you know you want one!
Tiny houses range in size from 70-1000 square feet, sometimes being built on a trailer bed or back of a pickup truck to be truly mobile, and sometimes so small they do not require a building permit to construct. Some brave souls are choosing these as their primary dwelling, touting the home’s frugality and simple maintenance, but more commonly they are cropping up as backyard artist’s retreats, guest, or mother-in-law dwellings.
The traditional mother-in-law apartment, (or house-within-a-house) is also enjoying popularity. As multigenerational living is on the rise in America, homes are being remodeled to comfortably accommodate adult children and aging parents. As many people have put their focus on financial savvy, the idea of having rental income is appealing to many. This is a great way to maximize underutilized space in a home, adding to its value. Attics, garages, and sunrooms can be remodeled to include bedrooms with kitchenettes and bathrooms. Loft beds, murphy beds, and built-in shelving make the most out of small spaces.

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