DIY Backyard Suite for an Elderly Parent

I this is an idea that is just getting off the ground.


Living near your parents as they get older can save you a lot of worry. So about moving them to your backyard? Close enough for ya? Just buy something like a MedCottage or an Inspired In-Law Cottage. These small mobile homes are specially made to nestle into yards so elderly people with ongoing health and mobility needs can live near their kids.

Or, if you’re the DIY type, you can buy a construction kit for such homes, reports The Huffington Post:

For about $17,000, you get the plans and materials to construct a locked shell for a 681-square-foot structure — walls, windows and roof trusses, all neatly numbered and ready for you to assemble like a puzzle. Additional costs will be incurred for plumbing, sheet-rocking and electrical work, appliances, fixtures plus any permits needed. Those less construction-minded might also hire someone to oversee the job for them and…

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