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Eight Design Ideas for Building Multigenerational Homes

design ideas for multigenerational homesDesigning your home’s floor plan & features to accommodate parents, adult children & others under one roof.

Once seldom seen, an increasing number of Americans are living with more than one generation under one roof after years in a single-family household. Reasons range from financial to comfort to alternatives to nursing homes. In fact, a 2012 study found 61% of Americans have friends or family who have lived with their parents, and 32% of adult children expect to share their home with their parents in the future. Additionally, an increasing number of college graduates are finding difficulty finding work after graduation and may find themselves coming home for some period of time as an an adult. All of these numbers are showing a sharp increase over years before.

There are many ways a custom builder can accommodate a multigenerational family. We canalso  assist you with building a new home that meets your family’s current needs, but that can easily transition to a multigenerational household. When you are working with your builder, architect, and interior designer explain to them that you’d like your home to include spaces that can flex to accommodate multiple families.

Here are eight ideas your custom home builder can help you elegantly incorporate into your floor plan to suit your multigenerational family’s needs:

1. Design a study that easily transitions to a second master bedroom
2. Install A.V. and a small bar in a loft space to create basic apartment living
3. Expand your staircase and hallway width to accommodate a chair lift
4. Include a second entryway for an attached home
5. Add a private bathroom for every bedroom
6. Place the master suite and multiple bedrooms on the main floor
7. Three car garages and large parking pads to accommodate multiple vehicles
8. Multiple family-room style spaces that can be closed off via french doors to offer privacy

Building a custom home is an ideal solution for creating a home flexible enough that is can be managed as your family shifts. There are many benefits to multigenerational living, and if you build your home to fit your future you can take advantage of the benefits while cutting back on some of the privacy issues and other strains of living as one big family.

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