We purchased the house we’re currently living in because it had a mother-in-law suite in the basement with its own entrance.
- We toured a lot of stunning homes before finding this one, but my husband and I needed a place that either already had its own mother-in-law suite or we could easily add one.
This house wasn’t stunning like the others we toured, but the suite was already established and the personal entrance was an added bonus. The suite was important to us because my mother was going to be living with us for an extended amount of time. She wasn’t ready to enter a retirement home, but she also couldn’t’ be alone all day. She agreed to move in with us once we had a private space for her. Thankfully, the mother-in-law suite was in almost perfect condition. The only thing we needed to add before she moved in was a ductless mini system. The basement was connected to the central HVAC system, but we knew it would be hard to regulate the temperature, seeing as part of it was underground. My mother preferred a warmer temperature, and that wouldn’t be possible without affecting the rest of the house. Not only would everyone be uncomfortable, but our utility bill would be too high. The ductless mini system was our best option because it would heat or cool the basement efficiently, it was sleek, and it didn’t make noise. There was also a small remote that made it easy for my mother to switch between heat and air and also alter the temperature.