Creating a Basement In-Law Unit

Basements are generally used for storage, instead of being used to their full potential. Building Resources Inc. can assist homeowners with converting the basement into something useful, like an in-law unit.

When designing an in-law unit, there are a few important things that need to be addressed. Some of these are:

  1. Windows

Most of the time, basements have smaller windows that won’t conform to local building codes for basement bedrooms. Generally, they will need a safe, direct means of egress to the outside. If the basement is a walkout basement, egress can be provided by a door. If not, a standard basement window opening can be enlarged to install a larger egress-compliant window.

  1. Enclosed Interior Stairway

When creating a basement in-law unit, privacy and soundproofing should be an important focus. One way to help with this is to enclose the bottom of the basement’s interior stairway with a door. This way, those living in the unit can have privacy, and not hear everything happening upstairs.

  1. Temperature and Humidity Control

Basements aren’t the easiest to keep comfortable when it comes to heating and cooling. Installing electric baseboard units controlled by a thermostat can be an economical way to provide heat. The basement’s foundation walls should also be insulated to help retain the heat.

  1. Kitchen Area

To make the in-law unit more independent, it will need a small kitchen. This should include a refrigerator, stove, oven, sink area, and microwave. It doesn’t have to be big, but it does need all of the useful elements of a normal kitchen.

  1. Bathroom

There could be some plumbing issues to deal with if there isn’t already a bathroom in the basement. If there already is a bathroom, changes are likely to be minimal. It will need a shower or tub if it doesn’t have one, and probably additional storage. If the space is going to be used for the in-laws to live in, installing grab bars and curb-less shower stalls during the renovation could prove very helpful later.

If building an in-law suite is a possibility, talk to Building Resources Inc. about creating an in-law unit in the basement. They will make sure homeowners can use the extra space a basement provides to its full potential.