Mary, It went really well. I didn’t even get a chance to get the window coverings up. The day the electricity came on, he nearly ran out there with all of his belongings. For the first two days he kept showering in our house. He complained the bathroom was too small and the shower head was not as nice as the one he used inside our house. I switched the shower heads and that solved that problem. Kind of mean of me, I installed the “bad” shower head inside our house to “help” him transition:)
He had said over and over again he wasn’t moving out there, and then he did.
He did stress out and had some bad days as he adjusted to the change, but he stayed out there.
We were able to build it in a way we thought would help him day to day. He doesn’t have a view of any of our neighbors out his windows. In his bedroom there are windows on just one wall. He set up his bed in the corner of the bedroom that doesn’t have any windows on either wall. I put up bamboo blinds because I knew he would keep them closed. Light filters subtly through bamboo blinds, I didn’t want him sitting in the dark. Later he wanted wooden blinds on the windows that face the road. He keeps them closed all of the time. At least he didn’t replace the other bamboo blinds so light can penetrate his “cave”.
The side of the apartment that faces us doesn’t have any windows either -its not an attached garage. No oven, though he would probably like to bake the occasional frozen pizza, we wouldn’t install one. He had started several oven fires in our home.
He has a washer and dryer and a full kitchen except for the lack of an oven. He commented when we were planning it “someone living out there would never really need to come inside the house”. Yes, that was the plan. We referred to it as “the guesthouse” while we were building it.
He pays to rent it from his monthly disability payments. He receives ssi and ssdi. He has to be charged a fair market rent, the internet and satellite tv are tax deductible as long as the fair market value is applicable.