Posted by JWmHarmon on March 27, 2003 at 06:16:31:
In Reply to: ArchWeek - Gold Coast Pavilion posted by Kevin Matthews on March 26, 2003 at 15:32:52:
The article states "In addition to providing a private apartment for the owner's mother, the house offers places for displaying art and for teaching dance..."
When designing a residence it is a good idea to provide a section that can serve a either a temporary or permanent apartment for a relative. This can be as simple as making one of bedrooms and a bath at the end of a hallway that can be closed off from the rest of the house. This section could have a separate entrance.
I know of several families that have ailing relatives who have to be sent to nursing homes because the families have no reasonable way to provide for the relatives in their own homes. If they had such accessible spaces in their homes the relatives could function independently and have someone close by who could check on them daily. Such "mother-in-law" suites should be handicapped accessible. They can include provisions for apartment size mini-refrigerators and stoves/microwaves.
Such an apartment could also provide a space for a live-in caretaker should the homeowners have the need for such a person at some future time in their lives.
Nothing would prevent one from using this "suite" as part of the complete house if it were not needed as a separate apartment.
Why not include such "suites," however modest, in ALL residences?
This does not require a building code, only common sense, since each of us may at some time in our lives be temporarily or permanently disabled.
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