Over the past 39 years, Michael Litchfield...has written nine books on the design, construction and renovation of houses, including one on remodeling that runs more than 600 pages, and he writes the Cozy Digz blog for "Fine Homebuilding" magazine, of which he was a founding editor. Clearly, Litchfield is an expert. But as he demonstrates in his latest book, "In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes" (Taunton, $25), he still remembers the befuddled perspective of a beginner. He has tailored his message accordingly, with lots of information [and] no jargon....At the heart of the book are 30 examples of in-law units, technically known as accessory dwelling units or ADUs. Litchfield divides these into six approaches: going up (converting the attic); going down (converting or excavating to create a basement); carving up (reconfiguring the space within the existing building envelope); bumping out (adding an addition); converting the garage; and building a separate unit on your property...The units described in the book range in size from about 250 to 750 square feet--from tiny to merely small. Nonetheless, the designers have managed not only to include the necessities--kitchen, bathroom, and living and sleeping areas--but to do so with an inventiveness that can make the spaces look and feel twice as big. --Katherine Salant, "The Washington Post"
A new book, "In-Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats," by Michael Litchfield, explains in detail how to turn one house into two homes. The author uses dozens of floor plans and hundreds of striking photos to illustrate the process. For all parties concerned, such transformations, can result in "more lifestyle options, greater economic security and deeper personal satisfaction," Mr. Litchfield writes. A terrific resource."--The Wall Street Journal
This book is chock full of very practical tips, great advice, and plenty of real world examples. Because in-laws, converted garages and gue
Michael Litchfield has been renovating houses or writing about them for more than 30 years. A founding editor of "Fine Homebuilding" magazine, Litchfield is perhaps best known as the author of the classic, "Renovation: A Complete Guide," now in its 3rd Edition. He is also a Certified Green Building Professional.
Written for those without a budget but the code information and ideas are a great place to startPublished 1 month ago by K. Asbury
A must buy book for small simple houses. Loaded with idea's. My daughters devoured them for their future little personal home.Published 1 month ago by April D Morehouse
Great photos and ideas. Presents many options and guidelines to think about.Published 2 months ago by Catherine Peterson
Good book - lots of ideas. As some of us realize that parents may need to move in with us in the next few years, it is good to have some resources like this as a starting point.Published 5 months ago by jenrob45
Thais is a good and practical book of information needed to give an alternative to large homes and to utilize existing property to provide housing on a small scale or downsize.Published 6 months ago by Bad Kitty Mom
Enjoyed the various ideas that the designers and builders have incoroprated into a small building. Zoning codes are changing to allow these in your backyard.Published 7 months ago by Chuck Willihnganz
Not as great as advertised. Short on specifics re: actual construction process. Projects mostly high-end, not budget-wise. Smooth/glossy, not creative.Published 7 months ago by Anne Ward
I hesitated to purchase this book because it comes from Australia and I wasn't certain how relevant it would be to someone living in the USA. Read morePublished 7 months ago by pds