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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600852513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600852510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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This book is chock full of very practical tips, great advice, and plenty of real world examples. Because in-laws, converted garages and gue

About the Author

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.


More About the Author

In the course of writing twelve books on home renovation and launching Fine Homebuilding magazine, I have visited hundreds of job sites across North America. On every site, I've learned something useful and met builders who, though busy, were willing to explain what they were doing, answer my questions, and allow me to photograph them at work.

If you are renovating a house, you will find this first-hand, field-tested information very helpful. It is specific, often ingenious and as complete as I could make it. My most recent book--Renovation 4th Edition--is 600+ pages long, covers remodeling from planning to finish surfaces and its 1,000 photos were gleaned from 40,000 taken over the years. It's also very readable.

Armed with the wisdom of hundreds of seasoned builders, you can tackle your next renovation project with confidence. As the old saying goes, "Many hands make work light."

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INLAWS is a great book.
Venus Miller
There is lots of great planning and process information as well as valuable hands-on tips contained in the book.
Russell Hamlet
I highly recommend this book if you're looking for ideas for guest houses or in-law suites !
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Foster on March 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Michael Litchfield's newly released book, In-laws, outlaws and granny flats follows in the tradition of Taunton Press' high quality crafts magazines and books. The photographs are beautiful and the layout and design is carefully done and easy on the eye. Where this book differs from many of their others, however, is in the ground-breaking nature of the "granny unit" topic. While granny units, or accessory dwelling units, were once common place as a way of providing for the shelter needs of extended family members our current-day communities have often turned their backs on this type of housing. Modern day zoning practices routinely see these small backyard cottages and converted attic and basement apartments as a threat to the serenity of our single-family neighborhoods. Michael's new book is the first of its kind to challenge this way of thinking. Through the use of an impressive and carefully researched list of diverse case studies his book walks you through the re-emerging granny unit phenomenon.

Granny units are actually just now begining to gain favor as a smart growth solution to communities that need to grow while keeping sprawl in check. Creative homeowners and their architects are finding ways that these small, energy efficient homes can actually fit within existing neighborhoods with minimal impact. Relatively affordable, simply by virtue of their diminutive size, granny units are returning to our communities to offer the diversity of housing types that has been lacking for so many years. We are no longer a nation of husband, wife, three kids and a dog kind of families and our housing stock needs to change to meet the new times. Granny units offer a small step in that direction by offering a greater selection of housing options.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Northern VA Tunelady on May 16, 2011
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We recently relocated back to the mid-atlantic region after being away for five years. My husband and I are retired and will be looking to buy a 'seasoned charmer' home in the next 2 years as opposed to a newer mcmansion with wasted space for two people. I saw this book reviewed in the Washington Post and since I have adult children with families in the immediate area, I was curious as to what options might be available in building a smaller space on an already inhabited residential lot. My advice to anyone contemplating this same option is 'don't pick up this book and start to explore it, anytime close to preparing a meal, unless you have a second cook in the house or you can order carryout.' It's mezmorizing in ideas, floor plans, before/after results pictures and makes you want to get in your car and start exploring the nearest town for available lots. I read it from cover to cover and kept interrupting my husband's activities to show him my latest 'what a great idea' find. I sent an email to a close friend in KC recommending this book to her since they are close to buying land and building a home and a MIL space with it. If you get this book, also get 'What Your Contractor Can't Tell You', as well. Equally as fabulous for information and getting to know the ins and outs of building or remodeling. Both books will be dog-eared worn out from referencing them in the near future.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Loving Husband on March 27, 2011
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I concur with the other reviewers. There are several different methods for configuring an ADU and most are represented here. The text flows logically from dealing with planning departments through choosing a design appropriate for your needs. The sections on choosing space-saving appliances are especially concise and well reasoned. This book should be useful to anyone living in a small space, whether a second unit or not. Made us wish we still had living in-laws!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By fran on March 27, 2011
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What do you do when your elderly parent who lives alone can no longer drive herself or do errands? Where can your adult child who has just graduated college live when he has just landed his first job but cannot yet afford to rent or buy? What do you do with all the extra space in your house when the kids are gone--or you are newly widowed?
Being an architect, I like to think that some of life's problems can be solved architecturally. Mike Litchfield, in his new book, In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats sets out to prove this premise in a complete and compelling way. Think of Litchfield's book as a guide to get you started on the road to creating a second unit. Whether you are tackling the process by yourself, have an architect or contractor already on board, or are just in the early stages of exploring your options, this book can help you find your way.
Baby Boomers will find this book especially helpful. An excellent primer on the complex issues of creating two homes from one house, In-laws, Outlaws is a must-read for anyone hoping to meet life challenges by making better use of their homes, or considering a shared living situation.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Venus Miller on March 26, 2011
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INLAWS is a great book. And one of the few I have read on housing that actually has people in it. Not coffee-table book pretty people, but real people with real stories about why they built their in-law unit. What was going on in their lives, what kind of in-law they decided to build (basement, attic convert, cottage, etc.) and how things worked out. Young people, old people, kids, dogs, even a baby or two. The photos are so rich you could walk through them opening doors and the floor plans look hand-drawn. Beautiful layout, too. Every corner has something useful tucked into it and reading Litchfield is like listening to your favorite uncle, the one who showed you how to bait a fish hook. Tons of useful stuff, too.
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