Copyright © Michael Litchfield 2010. Photo © Muffy Kibbey Design © fidlweb

These fold-down seats and table were prefab elements widely available in the 1930s and 40s for compact kitchens in in-law apartments. Here, they grace the kitchen of an attic conversion in Berkeley, California. The seats’ sliding mechanisms work perfectly, needing only a little light oil from time to time.


Design: Alan Jencks

Photo © Muffy Kibbey

From In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats:

Your guide to turning one house into two homes



Thinking things through:

1. Is an in-law right for you?

2. Designing in-laws

       Exploring six popular types

3. Choosing appliances and materials

       Featuring energy- and

       space-saving products

4. Plans and permits

Case histories & photo portfolios:

5. Basement In-laws

6. Garage conversions

7. Stand-alone In-laws

8. Bump-outs, carve-outs and attics