Newtown, Conn. (PRWEB) March 15, 2011
The Taunton Press is pleased to announce the release of Michael Litchfield’s new book "In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes."
In this first-ever comprehensive survey of second housing units, Michael Litchfield offers us a richly illustrated and informative guide to transforming a single-family house into a property with an independent living space. A Coldwell Banker survey of agents says that one third of today’s would-be homebuyers are looking for properties with the potential to house multiple generations.
While news reports focus on the economic and real estate crises, a remarkably upbeat and widespread change is taking place in households across America. Homeowners are creating second dwelling units—often called in-law suites, or granny flats, to house relatives, friends, and sometimes even to downsize from the main house without selling or moving. Second units are perfect for Baby Boomers to care for elderly parents with respect and independence. They provide private quarters for adult children still at home, or, rented out, second units generate income to offset the mortgage and provide for retirement.
Cities and municipalities all over the country have recognized this, and many have updated zoning regulations to encourage the construction of secondary living spaces. The AARP and the APA have been at the forefront of the movement to ease zoning regulations. The AARP strongly advocates for states to encourage local ordinances that encourage accessory dwelling units (ADU). In fact, an AARP study indicates that 36 percent of Baby Boomers surveyed would modify their home to add an ADU if they needed assistance as they got older.