Our loved ones are living longer, healthier lives and wish to maintain a flexible and independent lifestyle, but the burden of living alone is often too stressful. Traditionally, and in many countries today, several generations of family live under one roof and depend on each other for care. The grandparents often help raise the young children, and the adults help the grandparents through their elder years. This interdependence builds strong family bonds and teaches children family values. If you have (or will have) multiple generations living under your roof, our collection of house plans with inlaw suite (sometimes called house plans with mother in law suites, mother in law suite plans or in-law suite floor plans) is a great place to start your search for the perfect house plan. An in-law suite (sometimes called a granny flat or mother-in-law unit) is the perfect solution to provide privacy and independence while maintaining close proximity to loved ones. Zoning laws vary from city to city, but in some locations a detached building is permissible and can house the in-law suite, which may include a kitchenette, living room, laundry area, and more. In-law suites can be apartments above a detached garage, separate suites at the rear of the house, or simply an extra bedroom and bathroom on the first or second floor. We also have a collection of tiny homes, many of which would make excellent accessory dwelling units in a backyard. Another option could be a separate apartment on the lower level or an entire wing devoted to the in-law suite. At a minimum, a house plan with inlaw suite should provide a private bedroom and bathroom with easy access. Some in law suite floor plans will even have a private kitchen and living room, and perhaps a balcony or a patio on a lower-level apartment. An in-law suite may also be used to house older children (like a returned college student) or, depending on local laws, be used for rental income.