The pros and cons of options for creating an in-law unit

Adding an in-law unit to your home or backyard can be costly and reduce your privacy. Yet good planning can minimize those factors, says Michael Litchfield, author of a new book, In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats.

“Always try to stay within the existing footprint when renovating a house or in-law unit,” he writes. “If you don’t enlarge the square footage of the structure, you’ll be more likely to save money and simplify code compliance.”He cites the six most common types of in-law units and the pros and cons of each:

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