Accessible In-Law Suite

by Kacey Larsen

There’s nothing more gratifying than a project that hits perfectly on all fronts: working with a great family on an ideal scope of work, with an end result that elates both homeowner and designer.  Such was the case with this in-law suite addition. With aging parents who visited frequently, the goal was to create a functional, yet attractive in-law suite that blended well with the rest of the home. The in-law suite was to feature a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchenette—all complete with accessible features. Desiring a space to enjoy the outdoors, a new deck was also on the homeowner’s wish list.

The Kitchenette

Working with the homeowners, we made selections that created the warm, yet elegant look they desired. The kitchenette featured Crystal Cabinets with a Stirling door style on Premium Adler with a java stain and black highlight. The countertop chosen was a gorgeous Silestone Giallo Quarry. A Maestro Mosaics Dark Amber glass tile backsplash complements the countertop perfectly while creating a unique and classy look.
An Anthony Collection point-of-use drinking faucet with a contemporary round base/handle, and an Elkay under-mount bowl stainless steel sink complete the look.

The Bathroom

Next, we worked on designing the bathroom. For the cabinets, we chose a Strasser Belltown Shaker Chocolate Cherry vanity complemented with a Fairmont Designs ceramic top in white. The bathroom floor tile was a Florim Urban Landscape Silver Lake matte porcelain.

No detail was left out of the shower design: The walls feature Senio Dherma Bone ceramic with a Bestview Elements Beach stone and glass mosaic accent; a three-jet hand shower with pressure-balanced trim; a Sterling Glass custom frameless glass shower enclosure; and Restoration Hardware Chatham Series accessories. The shower floor is an elegant Capri I’Travertini Grigio matte porcelain. With a focus on accessibility, Delta traditional grab bars were added for comfort and safety.

The Deck

Having the perfect space to enjoy the outdoors was a must for the homeowners. A large deck overlooking the picturesque backyard worked perfectly. The decking selected was a Trex Accents Pebble Grey composite that not only looks amazing but is low maintenance as well. The American Rail Irwin Bronze railing complemented the deck beautifully. Providing both shade and beauty, the porch ceiling is covered with tongue-and-groove cedar planks.

The homeowners couldn’t be more thrilled with their new space—the in-law suite fits seamlessly within the existing footprint of the home. With careful attention being paid to ensure the finishes blended perfectly with those throughout the home, the space looks as if it has always been there. The homeowners now have ample, accessible space for their parents’ visits that adds to the home’s appeal, both inside and out. QR

Russ Glickman is the founder of Glickman Design Build, a home remodeling company that has been serving the Washington, D.C., metro area for more than 40 years. While 75 percent of his business focuses on general remodeling—additions, kitchens, bathrooms, interiors and outdoor living—he has a strong passion for and expertise in helping those with mobility challenges with universal design and aging-in-place solutions. As the father of a child with cerebral palsy, he is well versed in the unique needs and sensitivities of families where physical disability is part of their day-to-day lives. Glickman recently received the NARI Master Certified Remodeler Designation and was appointed to the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities.

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