A Room with a View: Building a Mother-in- Law Suite in Yorktown

A Room with a View: Building a Mother-in- Law Suite in Yorktown


Stephen and Cynthia Benson are the proud owners of a recently expanded home on Tuckahoe Trace in Yorktown's Running Man neighborhood. 

The couple’s three-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot home required the addition of a mother-in-law suite when Cynthia’s 90-year-old mother came to live with them in 2010.

Stephen and Cynthia chose The Remodeling Company to build the addition. Their friends recommended us to them as experts in Hampton Roads room additions. Utilizing a design-build approach, the Bensons and the remodeling team tailored the layout to the needs of a spry yet aging tenant.

After we evaluated the mechanical and structural systems of the existing home, The Remodeling Company’s design consultant, Jesse Wyatt, helped the Bensons explore options for the addition. Cynthia notes that her mother was also involved in the design and selection process. During the design phase, they configured the bedroom, a handicap-accessible bathroom, a small sitting area with a view, and a small kitchenette.

The careful planning resulted in a beautiful, custom-built, 325-square- foot addition that includes a small bathroom with a sun tunnel, shower, vanity and comfort-height water closet. A 6×6 walk-in closet off the bedroom features a modifiable shelving system by ClosetMaid®. There’s a kitchenette area with sink, microwave and small refrigerator. The Bensons also chose a full-view patio door for watching the birds, squirrels and other backyard wildlife.

Sadly, Cynthia’s mother became ill while the addition was under construction, but Cynthia notes that The Remodeling Company team asked about her often. She spent much time away as her mother recovered and went through rehabilitation, but never felt uncomfortable leaving the house while the workers were there.

Once Cynthia's mother was well enough to come home, she loved her new space. “Even though she suffered from a very debilitating disease, she could stand up out of the wheelchair and do things for herself all the way to the end,” Cynthia says. Her mother lived in the room until she passed away in August 2013 at the age of 93.

Because she had sold her former home and used the proceeds to fund the construction of the mother-in- law suite, Cynthia’s mother had expressed the wish that her great-grandson, Kyle, would be able to use the space after she was gone. She and Kyle had a close relationship and spent countless hours together as he grew up. Kyle currently attends Thomas Nelson Community College, and calls the comfortable room addition on Tuckahoe Trace his home.

Cynthia notes that everyone at The Remodeling Company was wonderful throughout the project, which is why she and Stephen have since hired us to replace the roof, update three skylights and build a screened-in porch along the back of the house that blends with the room addition. She believes all of the recent updates will be a distinct advantage when they sell the home.

The Remodeling Company expertly handles all sizes of room additions throughout Hampton Roads. For more information, click here or call (757) 867-6600.

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