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I took pictures of this shared single-family house in Naples, Florida a few months ago. I guess there are lots of terms for homes like this: cohousing, shared housing, duplex, mother in law suite, etc. Can you think of any more?

I like the way space is split up between the floor levels on this one. The first floor is one unit and the second floor is the other; and they each have their own private entrances–a big plus!

Since there are already so many oversized houses in the market it’s a smart and environmentally friendly way to split a house up into more than one unit. Some people might decide to split their house in two.

Families might want to just create an in-law type of studio within their house. That’s what my Dad is doing. So here’s a quick pro/con list to renting part of your home’s space out.

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