Adding a second kitchen may give your home duplex status if you live in Yavapai County. Yet most home owners wanting extra space to prepare meals are not interested in creating a dwelling for another family.
In Yavapai, legislators are weighing changing their kitchen requirements because of the increasing need for a home to support multiple generations.
Supervisor Rowle Simmons said the code causes a hardship for people who can’t afford, or don’t want to make, nursing home arrangements for their parents.
“I fail to see the harm. I think it’s a wonderful thing to take the property and add a mother-in-law part to it,” Simmons said. He added that he visited a home with a second kitchen upstairs. “No way it could be used as a duplex.”