Make the Most of Mother-in-Law Day with Suite Ideas

Updated: Mar. 13, 2024

Mother in Law Day is a day to celebrate in-laws across the country. It originally started in 1934 by a newspaper editor in Amarillo, Texas, it will be celebrated Oct. 22. While it's a time to send warm thoughts and cards, it might not be a bad time to consider a mother in law suite for your home. Check out these mother in law suite addition plans.

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Light-filled suite

This mother-in-law suite in Burke, Virginia was built by Moss Building and Design. This design has an open living room with plenty of natural light and a small kitchen. The suite is connected by a screened porch and features two bathrooms. Learn about bump-out garage additions here.
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Age in Place Design

This one bedroom, one bathroom 900-square foot home out of Vancouver, British Columbia is a perfect mother in law suite with an expansive space. It's all on one level and allows wide enough entry to accommodate wheelchairs. This model also incorporates heated floors and a vaulted ceiling with a skylights.
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Two-story cottage/mother in law suite

This house plan by Nir Pearlson is designed as a two-story cottage but either story could be used as a mother in law suite depending on needs. It is just 1,000 square feet as a two-story home so it's cozy. This model features two bedrooms and one bath. It features a nice deck to enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy the outdoors in your home after you learn how to build a deck. 
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A Suite with Pedigree

This cottage plan also designed by Nir Pearlson garnered attention from Fine Homebuilding Magazine back in 2013 when the publication named it the best Small Home of the Year. The design went on to become a finalist in the 2014 Howie Awards, which are given out annually to the best designed homes. It's an 800-square foot cottage that includes two bedrooms, a large deck and utilizes solar power for electricity. There's loft space available and a generously sized bathroom.
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Behind the Home Suite

This home added the mother in law suite behind the home and can make for an excellent option when it comes to adhering to zoning laws in each community. Municipalities are still wrestling with developing code for mother in law suites.
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Going Big

Zillow can also show some big homes that have mother in law suites built in behind a unique design. Whether those plans fit within your budget is another topic. This home in California features a mother in law suite with its own elevator, kitchen and private entrance. If this pricey option isn't in your plans, maybe you can elevate your laundry game by building a laundry chute. Photo: Courtesy of Zillow