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
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.