Every stage of life comes with its own particular challenges. Your parents gave you life, gave you values, gave you their time, effort and never-ending love. Now it is time for them to downsize and find a smaller place – one that is easier to maintain.
They are in reasonably good health, and stay fairly active. They can’t imagine a retirement home just yet. They want their independence, but don’t want to have to look after a full house. Now is the time for them to enjoy some me time. Loving child that you are, you decide to convert the basement to an in-law suite. You’re spouse is even on board with the in-laws living so close. There is enough room for the necessities, a separate bedroom, living room, and kitchen.
However, space is at a premium. What to do for appliances? Here are the top 3 compact appliances for your parents when they move into that in-law suite.
Without the need to cook for 5 people at once, the large five cubic foot oven, is no longer a necessity. A three cubic foot range will do just nicely when cooking for two.
But what about big cooking events like Thanksgiving and Christmas? That’s the beauty of the in-law suite…it is attached to the rest of a house that has another range. So don’t think of the compact range as too small for holiday cooking. It is a second range to compliment your larger range when you run out of room to fit the extra casserole dish or vegetable pot on top.
The same idea as the range holds true here. A week’s groceries for 2 people doesn’t require a full sized fridge.
Consider an apartment fridge for the in-law suite. They are large enough to include a separate freezer, but small enough to fit just about any space; and come in a variety of colors to suit any taste.
Finally, we come to dish cleaning. No room for a full-sized, built-in dishwasher? Consider a countertop dishwasher. After all, just because they downsized, doesn’t mean your parents want to go back to the stone ages of washing dishes by hand. Their time is still valuable, and they want to just be able to load the dishwasher and go.
A couple of things to consider when looking for the best quality countertop dishwasher for the in-law suite are size, plumbing, and controls. Measure the area where it will be kept to ensure you get one that fits the physical space. Look at the internal size (capacity) as well, to determine the amount of dishes it can take in one load.
Ensure that the hoses that come with the machine fit the sink in the suite. If not you may need to get an adaptor for the connection.
As for the controls…something that is simple and straight forward. Remember your parents want to save time, not spend hours trying to remember the correct combination of buttons to push just to get the dishwasher started.
Now that you’ve renovated the basement and have the suite outfitted with appliances, your parents are ready to move in.
Oh, and from time-to-time don’t forget to show your spouse exactly how much you appreciate them getting on board with the in-law suite. Trust us on this one.