Peter Sachs, Newton Architect, Mother in Law addition,

Newton Historical Society Preservation Award Winner Solves Aging Parent Dilemma

When Peter Sachs found out that his mother, Kay Sachs, had a mild stroke, he and his wife Tracy were worried. She lived nearby in a condo but suddenly that wasn’t close enough. Luckily, he’s a architect so he designed an addition to their house to give his mother privacy so she wouldn’t feel like a in-house babysitter to their three children.

Peter Sachs, Newton Architect, Mother in Law addition, photos by Jerry Shereda Photography

The 750 square foot addition includes a kitchenette, bathroom, walk in closet and living space. There is also a deck. Even more importantly, Sachs designed it with handicapped access in mind: the stairs are wide enough to accommodate an electric seat should that ever be necessary. The bathroom’s wide shower will allow for a wheelchair.

Peter Sachs, architect, Newton, Hunter Street, aging parents renovation

After a year of living together-but-separate,  his mother says, “The addition fits my needs perfectly. I have my own separate entrance and even my deck is private with no view of the main house deck. I also get to see my grandchildren as often as I want. And I love being able to walk to West Newton Village.”

Peter Sachs, Architect, Newton Architect, aging parents renovation, Hunter Street, Newton Historical Society Award

This addition won an award from the Newton Historical Society for Best Residential Addition and Restoration.

Peter Sachs architect, Newton architect, mother moving in, renovation

Peter Sachs, Newton Architect, Hunter Street, mother-in-law renovation

Peter Sachs lives in West Newton Hills with his wife Tracy, three kids, mother and dog. Look for more posts on topics like Top 10 Things to Consider Before You Renovate as he has agreed to be a regular contributor.

He’d love to help you with your renovation. He’s offering three complimentary two hour consultations. Please leave a comment to win. The first three people to comment will win.

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12 Responses to “Newton Historical Society Preservation Award Winner Solves Aging Parent Dilemma”
  1. Kimberly says:

    Looks great!

    • Pragmatic Mom says:

      To Kimberly,
      Thanks so much! You won a FREE 2 hour architecture consultation with Peter Sachs by the way. I’ll send you his email.

  2. Kimberly says:

    Great – thanks! I look forward to it!

  3. Emily says:

    Great idea — and it looks like there’s still the opportunity for the 2-hour consult!

  4. Jerome says:

    Terrific job for mom..Is the consult still available.

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