Pontiac Mother-in-Law Addition


As seen from the front doorway, this view of the living room demonstrates that a well-planned area of 800 sf. provides ample space for and between “settings” with plenty of walking room, and will allow for a wheelchair should visitors come with same. The dining table may also serve as a writing surface or computer station.

This compact kitchen is almost fully equipped with everything necessary for a single person to make themselves a home. The work triangle is present, and plenty of lighting sources exist, under the cabinet and over the sink for close-at-hand tasks, plus overhead and natural daylighting.

All the comforts of home are available in this small and functional kitchen, with task lighting below the cabinets and venthood, and a pendant above for ambient lighting once the sun has set. Levered faucet handles allow access for most people. The large drawers make accessing pots and pans a breeze.

In this spacious bathroom, in addition to a vanity with sink, a toilet and a walk-in bathtub, there was even room for extra storage (seen in the left foreground). The door openings are a generous 36″ wide and a wheelchair can be accommodated easily. Lighting is achieved with a window, recessed cans and lights at the vanity. Universal design is a hallmark of this wonderful addition for Mom.

This generous-sized tub features a walk-in door AND room to move! Universal design makes this room addition very attractive to future buyers who need similar features for their parents.

A view from the bathroom out reveals the generous size of these 36″ pocket doors, alleviating the worry about door swing, and these are wide enough for easy through-passage with or without a wheelchair or walker.

The happy homeowner in her light-filled living space! And her children and grandchildren are close, yet she has her own place to call home. Notice the mini-split system for heating and A/C – the condenser is outside and the blower is in the wall unit. She’s uptown with her wall-mounted swivel arm flat screen television!

A view of the addition in its entirety; the original house can be seen in the rear of the photo.