How To Design Your Home: Multigenerational Homes
Have you had your adult children return home? Do you want to invite your parents to live with you? It is becoming more common, with almost 20 percent of the U.S. population, over 65 million, living in a home with multiple generations. Financial factors play a primary role in these decisions. However, there are many benefits, like babysitting, socialization, and an increased support system. Many find it so comfortable and unnecessary to move out. The number of young adults between the ages of 18-35 living with parents is the highest it’s been in over a hundred years.
If you are interested in designing a future multigenerational home, please consider the following tips:
Age WITH Your House
As your children, you, or your parents age, it’s essential that your home ages as well to accommodate every member.
Some things to consider installing for elderly residents are things such as;
- Wider Doorways
- Handicap/Accessible Bathrooms
- Single-level living spaces
And for children;
- Outdoor deck/patio
Plan Private Spaces
When living with a larger group, it’s important to have quiet places they can use to retreat from the chaos. Some healthy ways of creating these private spaces include;
- Upgrading bedrooms to have full bathrooms attached
- Mother-in-Law apartments with separate garage/outdoor entrances
- Remodeled attics for Teens
Stairs, Ramps, and Elevators
Survey how people are currently accessing your home. Are the stairs too big for children? Is it wheelchair accessible? What does it look like during winter? You may need to install smaller steps or a ramp to accommodate your residents.
Keep an eye on how people are moving between levels; the elderly may need an elevator or extra accommodation for wheelchairs.
Parking & Garage Space
Not planning to share garage or parking space can be an early mistake when accepting new residents. You should count the number of vehicles and how many you can hold in your garage, carport, or street. Rudd Builders recommends extending your driveway, or even you could get a separate garage and add a studio apartment-style attic.