Multi-generational housing has always been easy for timber frame homes. With no bearing walls, the space is flexible and with open spaces, it is much easier to be accessible. As families are motivated to live closer together, whether by economic challenge or lifestyle change, secondary suites or “granny flats” offer an opportunity to turn a single family home into a primary and secondary residence.
Whether the new space is built to bring aging parents closer or to give younger family members their own place to live, there are many options to expand. A basement suite, garage conversion suite, detached cottage, or an addition to an existing home all offer the chance to grow your space.
If you’ve always wanted to build a timber frame, but love your location and your home, this is the opportunity to build an additional cottage or to add on to your home with a timber frame. Timber frames provide the flexibility and, when enclosed in structural insulated panels (SIPs), energy efficiency.
With forethought and good planning, even local code officials and home owner associations can be approached to allow for these spaces. Better use of everything from water to sewer connections and…less lawn to soak up resources…offer compelling reasons to add that space to an existing built out lot.
So, think about a granny flat and when you build…build boldly.
Just think about it…Bonnie Pickartz