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Mother-in-law quarters
By: Vieklenz
On: 6/16/2006
I saw the previous post on the mother in law suites but I am looking more for a "separate" area of the house for my mom.  I would like for there to be about 1000sf. off the garage, that would include a living room, kitchen and two bedrooms and maybe two baths.  I would like the main house to be an open concept, doesn't really need a formal anything.  It would be nice for there to be 4 bedrooms in the main house, two of them separated with a jack and jill bath and the other bedroom to have it's own bath.  Are there any that meet this?  I really appreciate the time.  I've been looking but am getting nowhere!!! 
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: JSmith
On: 6/16/2006
What style of home are you looking for and how many square feet do you want the home to be?(including the in-law-suite)
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: fowlerk
On: 7/27/2006

I too am looking for something similar to the original poster.  An house with in-law quarters that are quite seperate from the main house.  We are looking to build a 'country' style home, with 3 bedrooms (upper floor preferably) - plus a den (on the main floor near the front foyer).  Ideally, the main house would have a full basement - whether or not the basement extends below the in-law quarters is neither here or there.  We would prefer an attached garage, but this is not mandatory.  The main house should have a minimum of 2 bathrooms and must include a formal dining room.  The in-law quarters should contain 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, living room and kitchen - and would be approx. 1000 square feet.  In total, we would like the entire design to be 3000 square feet or less.

Essentially what we are looking for is a duplex with one unit that is significantly smaller than the other.  Most duplex plans are mirror image, and this is not feasible or necessary for us.

Any assistance you could provide in locating a plan that suits our criteria would be most appreciated.

Thank-you in advance for your time.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: JSmith
On: 7/31/2006

I will check for homes that suite this criteria. But, like you are saying, this is not a common style of home plan. I think the best way to go would be to incorporate two seperate house plans. One large home for the main home. Then either look to build a seperate smaller home with a breezeway between them or you could get a garage that has the two-bedroom apartment above it. Please contact me if yopu have any questions. I will post anything I find on this.

Thanks,

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: bailey
On: 8/1/2006

Will County's approve this type of set up because of the breezeway? I don't think they would allow  two houses on my property. Thanks for any help.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: JSmith
On: 8/1/2006
What overall sq footage do you want? I need some more info to find what you need.
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: bailey
On: 8/2/2006

I would like to move my dad onto my property.  I think 1500 for us and 1000 for my dad. I am in the very begining of information gathering. The mother in law quarter plans seem to have the quarters in the same house. I would like my dad to have his own private seperate place since he is still active on his own. I hope this is the info you need. Thanks for any help.     

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: JSmith
On: 8/2/2006

That is just the info I needed. I am going to see what info I can gather up. You are correct concerning the in-law suites, for some reason almost all of them are in the same house. It might come down to using one of our many garage plans that have a living quarters on the second floor and putting the breezeway between the main house and that. We have quite a few plans in this layout. Typically the sq footage upsatirs would be around 500-850 sq ft. Well, keep me informed if you have any luck. I myself will do some research as well.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Phoebe Adcock
On: 6/23/2007

I have been searching for an ideal home, a duplex type home for my mother and my family.  She is getting older but still wants to maintain a home.  I would love to be able to find a home with a pretty front that does not look like a duplex.  We would like to have about1500 square feet in each side.  We would love to have 2 small bedrooms and 1 mastersuite with enough room to have a small sitting area.  We also want a family room, small dining room, kitchen and breakfast room.  Of course, we would need two baths.  Is it possible to do this??   We would only need one double garage.  We would need this to be where we could both leave our cars and enter  on our own side of the house.  We each need only a very small laundry room, just enough room for the washer and dryer.  Please let me know if this is possible.

Thanks,

Phoebe Adcock    

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 6/25/2007

Phoebe,

   To search for duplex type homes, you'll need to go to our advanced search options.  There you can type in your desired sq. footage as well as things like # of bedrooms and bathrooms.  Then there is a list of "General Architectural Styles".  In that section, there is an option to select Multi-Unit homes.  It's not really an architectural style, but it will get you some duplex homes.  I suggest you look at home plan # DB-4631.  You'll just need to make the second garage into something else.  If you need some help with your search, just call our office at (866) 787-2023.

Thanks,

Woody

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: MACY
On: 8/16/2006
I just found this forum. Looks like there are a many of us looking for the same kind of set up. I guess we can contribute this interest to "baby boomers". I would like a very simple main house. Open living and kitchen and master suite with 1 and half baths. On the same property, a 2 room/ 1 bath mother in law quarters with efficiency kitchen. Main house 1800 sq. feet living. In Law quarters about 1200 sq feet living. I would also like a 2 car garage, covered patio and detatched workshop. This sound so simple but impossible to find. I don't even know if something like this is allowed as a single family dwelling. Any advise is appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: JSmith
On: 8/17/2006

I am not sure how local municipalities handle this. But, this is what I would suggest.

Here are a few plans that you could build on the same property: (Type these numbers into the search on www.theplancollection.com)

www.theplancollection.com

HPG-1154

HPG-600B

HPG-600

These are some nice homes with porches and some have two rooms along with a family room. Then I would have your builder put a breezeway between your home and this In-law suite. I have plans that match thi look for the main home. Please contact me to see these.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: jengland
On: 8/18/2006
The Plan Collection is working on this Mother in-law suite category so they are more easily found. I'm not sure how soon it will be done, but it is definately on the agenda. In the meantime, we'll see if we can round up a listing of the most popular plans with mother-in law suites.
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: bailey
On: 8/24/2006
Thank you for the help...
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: ttgsnyder
On: 8/12/2007
We are looking for something similar.   We want aprox 30000 sq feet total with a seperate mother-in-law area.   What would be really cool is a house that had a large recroom option that could be converted into a MIL area later.   Would be easier to get through zoning initially but hen could convert.   Having it seperated by a breezway would be great!
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 8/14/2007
That's a great idea!  I doubt you'll find any plans that show a separate building as you're describing, but you could always find plans for the separate building as well.  We have a bunch of garage plans you could look at.  You have to go to the Advanced Search Options to find them, but here's a link to make it easier:  http://www.theplancollection.com/tps/homeplans/HousePlanSearchResults.asp?ID=0&BID=1.  Browse through those and see if you can match one with the house plan that you like.  Make sure you check with local codes first.  Call the feild inspector and see what he/she thinks about building an additional garage.  Some of them even have appartments above them, if you're interested in that option.  Let me know what you find.
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 9/10/2007

We've updated the website and so some of these links don't work anymore.  However, most of the links I've posted are easy to find on our new site, so I hope you're able to follow our conversation.  I'm actually impressed at the input we've recieved regarding this issue:  Mother-In-Law Suites.  Here are a few updated links that you can follow to check out more of our In-law suite plans:

 Garage Plans (great for converting into apartments or in-law suites if your city will allow it) :  http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/garage%20w/page-1

House Plans tagged as having in-law suites or guest quarters:  http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/in-law+suite/page-1

 I'm constantly adding more plans to our list.  Keep checking and maybe you'll find something that wasn't there before.

Woody,

Resident In-Law Suite Finder

Mother-In-Law Specialist (I asked mine if I could call myself that and she agreed)

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: petrofsk
On: 10/7/2007

Thanks everybody for the great suggestions!  I know this is a crazy question, but has anyone been faced with / dealt with the idea of hosting 2 separate mother-in-laws?  We are looking to build a custom home, have 1 mom that would move in in a heartbeat, and one we'll have to convince.

 We'd like about 1500-2000sf for ourselves (we have no kids, our only other odd requirement is a small study/bedroom on the first floor for our pet rabbit).  We could easily live with 1 big master suite and 1 or 2 small guest rooms in our space.

I have no idea how to accommodate two independent women who are accustomed to having their own separate homes.  Do we wind up with mother-in-law suites on each side of the house, and wind up building 3 kitchens in this house, 3 separate entrances?
I don't think a shared apt. setup will work for them, though I suppose if we built two suites around a 2nd large kitchen, that might work.

 Any thoughts?  Help!

Thanks,


Warren 

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 10/8/2007

Wow!  That's an undertaking if I've ever heard one!  My only suggestion is that you talk to them.  See what they want.  Budgeting for something like that sounds amazing.  Do they mind walking up stairs?  If not, apartments over garages are perfect.  You can use them for the in-laws and the house can still market well if you ever have to sell.  If the moms don't like it, you can still rent out the space and enjoy some revenue.  If they want a main floor apartment, then I would disguise the three sections of the house and provide three separate entrances.  Just try not and make it obvious, or your house will look like an apartment building.  They might be able to get by with kitchenettes and use your kitchen if they want to cook for more than four people.  Look into free-standing kitchen units.  I don't want to advertise for anyone, but places like IKEA and SEARS are going to have modular kitchen solutions.  You can find some plans with lots of garage space that you can divide into you in-law apartments, then build a detached garage to make up for it.  That very well might be the best solution.  Go to our Advanced search and look for plans with three car or bigger garages.  You'll save several thousand dollars with stock plans that could help offset the cost of two separate apartments.  Call me at (866) 787 2023 to discuss any options.

 thanks,

 Kelvin

Sales Associate

(866) 787 2023

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 10/24/2007

Country Home Plans # OHP-30089 is a unique blend of living spaces. This plan is perfect for those of you who want to give mom or dad a good portion of the house to roam free. Or for those of you who want to give son or daughter a good portion of the house to roam free. I guess it depends on whos role is money bags, and whos role is mooch. Check this one out. If nothing else, it'll be interesting to see.

P.S. Don't tell anyone that I called them a mooch. I might get in trouble for that one.

view this in-law suite plan
View this houseplan>>
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: lisa2
On: 4/11/2008
I stumbled across this site while searching for same thing. This site is very helpful and I love this thread. We are a 2 person, 2 small children, 2 cats, one mother in law family already living in a front to back split with walk out basement which some people might want to consider. What we like about it is my mother, whom I love, is on the lower floor so can go immediately to her area without stairs from the garage plus can go to backyard without stairs [to scare us with planting more things we don't want to maintain but at least it keeps her busy]. The lower level has one office, one bedroom, a living area, and a small bathroom. If we stayed we'd put in a wet bar, replace the shower with a tub or shower/tub, and put a door at foot of stairs. I'm not real crazy about having a seperate kitchen with working stove etc as she grows older. Basically we eat our meals together but she has her own space to hang out also. Anyway, that arrangement might work for some people.. something to consider. The other thing we want is more space upstairs than we have. So, I am thinking one or two story country home with formal living/dining, fireplace, wrap-around porch, sunroom off the familyroom/breakfast room, 2 car garage -and- just figuring out how to work a final walkout basement that opens to garage with one small flight of stairs to the main living area inside. The walkout basement we could then divide just as we have it now except put in full bath or have the shower/bath thing like the europeans have. There are several beautiful designs here with country homes I just have to figure out the walkout basement part now. For the families needing to host multiple in laws maybe consider a 3 plex or 4 plex? I also like the idea of a motherinlaw quarters attached with a breezeway I just don't like the designs with stairs for older people but it would make a great apartment, guest house, or workshop later.
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: woodybaxter
On: 4/11/2008
Lisa, Thanks for the help! We started this conversation a while ago, and it's had quite a few reads since. Your information is quite helpful and should give direction to a lot of people searching for a solution. We're hoping to get more designers thinking about in-law suites as the baby boomers get older. My parents are boomers and are still pretty young, but we've had the conversation before. Especially when places like Enron and Tyco (who my dad used to work for) ruined everybody's 401K plans. There are a lot of older people hoping to retire soon without the means to do so. I think we'll see a lot more parents in their children's homes. Hopefully we can inspire some of our designers to start accommodating the idea in their design process. Here's hoping...
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: jim hawk
On: 10/22/2006

http://www.billgperry.com/plans.asp    Check out plan 6099 on this designers list of plan's. I'm looking for the same thing you are and so far this is the only thing I've been able to find. If you've found something close to this in your searches please share.

 

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters with a large kitchen in main house
By: TCFoy
On: 3/17/2007
I am looking for something similar with about 900 sq ft for mother-in-law suite and 3 bedrooms in main house with three car garage and total sq ft about 2400
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters with a large kitchen in main house
By: TCFoy
On: 3/17/2007

I am also looking to make part of the garage into a wood shop or build a seperate building for a 1000 sq ft wood shop

 

 

 

The Coyote Woodworker

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters with a large kitchen in main house
By: Woody
On: 3/21/2007
It would require some modifications, but you could take a house that just has a simple guest room and add onto that section of the house, creating an in-law suite.  For example, house plan DB-2899 has an office (optional guest bedroom) behind the garage that could be expanded into a nice in-law suite.  It would be separate from the rest of the house, it's on the main level, and some simple adjustments would integrate it into the existing structure.  Just some food for thought.
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters with a large kitchen in main house
By: Woody
On: 3/21/2007
In fact, here's a few more homes that have some interesting possibilities:  Image of house plan Wilks Manor
" title="DB-9165" target="_blank">DB-9165, Image of house plan NDG-573" title="NDG-573" target="_blank">NDG-573, Image of house plan Suffolk" title="DB-5037" target="_blank">DB-5037, Image of house plan NDG-999" title="NDG-999" target="_blank">NDG-999, Image of house plan Morenci" title="DB-4953" target="_blank">DB-4953, and Image of house plan Foraker" title="DB-3291" target="_blank">DB-3291.  These two designers do a great job and all of these homes can be modified locally under your own supervision. 

 

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Mother-in-law quarters
By: kirday
On: 5/15/2007

[quote user="Woody"]In fact, here's a few more homes that have some interesting possibilities:  Image of house plan Wilks Manor

" title="DB-9165" target="_blank">DB-9165, Image of house plan NDG-573" title="NDG-573" target="_blank">NDG-573, Image of house plan Suffolk" title="DB-5037" target="_blank">DB-5037, Image of house plan NDG-999" title="NDG-999" target="_blank">NDG-999, Image of house plan Morenci" title="DB-4953" target="_blank">DB-4953, and Image of house plan Foraker" title="DB-3291" target="_blank">DB-3291.  These two designers do a great job and all of these homes can be modified locally under your own supervision. 

 

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Thanks Woody! These at least start the ball rolling. Also I appreciate your BLOG about this issue The In-Law Suite Revolution.

The fact is our parents are getting older and while and we want them to enjoy the "golden years" but we don't want to LIVE with our mom's. At 64 my mom is on the cusp of the baby boom, I am sure as other boomers age your use of the word revolution will be apt. Thanks for keeping up with this trend.
 

I am looking to build a 3/4br 2,500 sq ft home with an attached 1,300 sq ft home for my mom (something where she has her own front door and kitchen) As I look through your plans I see how many of these may modify really well.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 5/16/2007

Kirday,

  I'm glad you liked the article.  We've been trying to figure out the best solution for these houses that just don't exist currently.  I think the key is to find an extra garage and turn it into interior space.  That way you don't have to modify the roof line and the foundation.  You just have to insulate and add some interior walls.  Or if you don't mind a detached garage, you could just turn an entire garage into the in-law suite.  Click here for our detached garage plans.  In fact, you could turn a detached garage into an in-law suite if the city will allow it.  Let me know how your search goes.  I'm sure other readers would love to hear your suggestions and ideas.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters with a large kitchen in main house
By: rsimmons
On: 7/18/2007
I am looking for the same thing.  The lot we are building on will only allow a 600 square foot Mother-In-Law suite.  We want something about 2400 for ourselves (3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 story).  Have you had any luck?
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Re: Mother-in-law quarters with a large kitchen in main house
By: Woody
On: 7/19/2007
" title="go to" target="_blank">PDI-433 has a floor plan that matches your description.  I don't know if you like this style, but I think it's pretty cool.  Image of house plan MSAP-3242" title="go to" target="_blank">MSAP-3242 is a little bigger than what you may want, and the in-law suite is rather small, but it's worth looking at.  If you can go bigger, than there is room to enlarge that in-law suite.  It's up to you.  Image of house plan Attleboro" title="go to" target="_blank">DB-5083 is another floor plan that pretty well matches your description.  However, the in-law suite is much smaller than 600 sq ft.  Image of house plan Wilks Manor" title="go to" target="_blank">DB-9165 is another that you should look at.  Most of the in-law suites you'll find are smaller, but go ahead and look.

  If you love any floor plans but need modifcations, print off the floor plans and sketch on top of it.  You can even save it to your computer and use a drawing program.  Number the changes and make a separate list with corresponding numbers and explainations.  If you can email it, send it to sales@theplancollection.com, or fax it to (435) 514-0028.

 

Woody

Design Consultant

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: heavenlypennies
On: 4/12/2007

[quote user="Vieklenz"]I saw the previous post on the mother in law suites but I am looking more for a "separate" area of the house for my mom.  I would like for there to be about 1000sf. off the garage, that would include a living room, kitchen and two bedrooms and maybe two baths.  I would like the main house to be an open concept, doesn't really need a formal anything.  It would be nice for there to be 4 bedrooms in the main house, two of them separated with a jack and jill bath and the other bedroom to have it's own bath.  Are there any that meet this?  I really appreciate the time.  I've been looking but am getting nowhere!!! [/quote]

 

I just found this site... Wow! I really appreciate fining others who are looking for the same thing I am. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one, since I am having the same sort of trouble finding a *separate* in-law quarters plan... not just a suite, but something like a small apt or cottage off the main house. My grandma is a healthy and active 78 year old, but may need further assistance down the road... I want her to remain in her "own" place, but would love something like a breezeway or something to connect the main house to hers... We haven't started building yet, we're still trying to find a plan that would allow me to build for her, but also leave my property open for more expansion on the other side, as my time (and budget) will allow. It would be nice if traditional house plans came with more "optional" rooms, that you can *add on later* (like a large family room, or expansion to the kitchen). Just because we have budgeted well enough to allow us to build, does not mean we are very rich. We can't just build two houses... We're hoping to come up with something we can afford now, but will let us keep adding on as time goes on. If anyone knows any plans, I'm open to suggestions. I'm just glad I found your post... it really helped let me know I'm not alone...

 

 

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 4/13/2007

This mother in-law revolution is quite a unique circumstance.  It's pretty rare to find a home with the criteria you desire unless it's 7,000 sq. ft or more.  The best solution I've seen so far is to modify an existing plan and create the secluded and separate suite you need.  I've already posted the plans that lend themselves the best to modifications of this kind.  Other wise, find a plan that you like for the main house and start from scratch on the other side of the garage.  I wish I could tell you of a plan that was exactly what you need, but for now it seems only to exist in our imaginations.

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Danita
On: 4/14/2007

Hi,

Just found this, its great to share ideas, get ideas !

We are looking more at 2 master suites for us and my mother in law, then 3-4 bedrooms for kids and an office...  just trying to find the right floor plan.....   2 story, in law suite on first floor for health reasons, prob office downstairs too and the rest of the bedrooms upstsairs.  I want a mudroom off the kitchen and lots of windows in the kitchen/fam room for views..and a wrap around deck !

Not sure on the design plan, we will be building in N Idaho.

 thanks for help/ideas !

 Dani

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Re: Mother-in-law quarters
By: Woody
On: 4/20/2007

Danita,

  Have you seen some of the homes we posted on the home page?  The title is Cool Summer Homes.  The first one has lots of windows, lots of wrap around porch, and two master suites.  You could put the garage on the side of the house or you could just make it a basement.  Or you could put the garage on the side of the house and make a basement too.  You could even just turn the garage into the basement, make it part of the house, and have a detached garage.  We have quite a few plans with either two master suites, or a nice guest suite that could be considered a master.  Just keep looking, and if I see anything, I'll post it here for you.

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RE: Mother-in-law quarters
By: MissSapphire
On: 7/28/2010
I think that the house should reflect her personality and offer opportunity to do everything she likes. I read some really good suggestions here, even I get inspired so I'm sure you will handle it well.
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RE: Mother-in-law quarters
By: caroljean13
On: 9/14/2013
I'm also looking for a country plan that has an open concept for the main house. and the mother in law suite separate on the main floor and self contained.
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