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

A Santa Cruz, California, cottage. Because the site was landscaped to shed water, it slopes gently up toward the straw-bale cottage. Thus there’s no need for ramps and railings. At right, a patterned patio constructed from urbanite (recycled concrete).

Design: John McKelvey 

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