Why should you estimate the cost for your in-law suite remodel?
Once you make the commitment to go ahead with your in-law suite, aka mother-in-law suite remodel or addition, you need to know how much of an investment you require for this home improvement.
A remodeling estimate helps you better organize your project and effectively manage milestones and costs.
Acquiring a free estimate for your total renovation cost will help you create a realistic budget and get you quality work at a fair price. It’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project.
Also, a carefully planned remodeling project can greatly increase the value of your property in the home buyers’ market.
How does Kukun’s in-law suite remodel cost estimator work?
Getting an estimate through Kukun’s in-law suite remodel or addition cost estimator is easy. Just follow the steps below to get your custom, personalized total cost in minutes and get a headstart on your renovation project!
1. Enter the type of remodeling you desire from the options below:
Adding new square footage to the house
Remodeling the in-law suite without any change to the walls
Expanding the existing area by moving walls within or outside the perimeter of the house
2. Select the size of your space from these options:
- Small: 300 Sq.ft
- Medium: 600 Sq.ft
- Large: 850 Sq.ft
- Custom: Enter the dimensions here if none of the above apply
3. Choose the scope of your renovation from the options below:
- Cosmetic Changes:
Ideal if you are selling your home. Cosmetic changes to the guest house renovation includes work on a family room, bedroom and bathroom. This type of renovation gives you the greatest bang for your buck possible without needing a permit. This renovation features updates to flooring, countertops, faucets, sinks, light fixtures, paint and hardware. New plumbing, electrical, cabinets, tubs and better in-laws not included. NO permit required.
- Typical Renovation:
Ideal if you are just changing the interior. A Typical Renovation guest house project includes work on a family room, bedroom and bathroom. This type of renovation features mostly new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, drywall, texture, paint, cabinets, countertops, flooring, trimwork (baseboards, door casings, etc.), new fixtures and hardware. Permit required.
- Down to the Studs:
Ideal if you are stripping walls or want to change plumbing and electrical. A Down to the Studs guest house renovation includes work on a family room, bedroom and bathroom, along with everything from Ideal if you are just changing the interior. A Typical Renovation-level project. Some interior structural rearrangement, new doors and windows, custom materials, longer lead times and stretched job timelines also come with this type of project. Warning: You'll likely have an increased number of houseguests with this type of renovation. Permit required.
4. Choose the level of finish you want from the three options below:
Budget friendly is an economical finish level and gives you the feeling you get when you step into a newly built home.
Mid range finish level is higher end and includes higher quality materials and more personalized options like recessed lighting, higher end appliances, etc.
Materials are high end and customized to the owner's taste. Every material will be differentiated and may take a little longer to put together, but the finished product is amazing.
5. Enter your property details
Enter the full address to get the ROI or recoup value of your house. Or, just give zipcode to get just the renovation cost estimate.
And there you go! An estimate for your in-law suite is ready!
With this estimate, you can analyze your finance options or hire a professional to get started on the work right away.
Our cost estimator also gives you the option to calculate your recoup cost. Simply enter some details, including:
- Zip code
- Full address
- Number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the house
- Year of build
- Property type
- Current market value of your property
- Does your house have a garage or swimming pool?
- Size of your house and lot in square feet
The above information will be used to calculate the material and labor costs in your area so that you can arrive at the total recoup value of this project.
We also offer you options for professional remodeling contractors who have worked in your neighborhood and who have been vetted by your neighbors.
We are happy to make the process as convenient for you as possible. You can easily do the following:
- Explore the contractor's profile
- Check out their online reviews
- View all their previous permits.
- Ask around your vicinity about whether you should hire them
The best way to remodel or add an in-law suite? Always plan ahead
Do not be overwhelmed by the idea of remodeling or adding a mother-in-law suite. Keep the following steps in mind to make your project go faster and smoother.
- Set a realistic budget for this home remodeling project, including a leeway for some surprise costs. Experts advise allocating 20% of your budget for such unexpected costs.
- Hire a remodeling expert. A professional will ensure that all permits, zoning regulations and inspections are up to date.
- Check your area’s septic permit requirements. You may have to increase the size of your existing system to allow for an addition with a bathroom.
- List out your all your requirements. These could include dedicating the right amount of space for a living room, a comfortable size bedroom, a bathroom with a large tub or a curbless shower, a kitchen and possibly a dining room.
- Choose the right location for the in-law suite. You can transform your garage or porch or, if you’re looking to create a new addition to your house, zero in on the most convenient location.
- Consider having your mother-in-law suite on its own separate power, heat, and AC sources.
- Seriously think about accessibility, such as adding ramps and wider doorways and hallways.
- Consider installing assisted baths with lever handles and stylish guardrails.
- Keep things neutral – from the flooring to the curtains to the wall color. That way, whoever lives there can add their own personal touches.
- If you’re on a tight budget or timeline, plan your remodeling project for the winter to avoid the spring and fall rushes.
- Get a written contract from your contractor detailing the complete schedule along with a guarantee.
- Discuss and mutually agree on the payment schedule.
These steps will help you manage your home renovation project seamlessly. Proper planning can help you avoid unexpected hassles and issues. Keep in mind that well-planned in-law suites are an important consideration for potential home buyers.
Before offloading your in-law suite additions or renovations to a contractor, do your research in order to understand how the project will increase the functionality of your space.
The final result should meet your expectations and provide a comfortable, stylish living space.