Elder Living Construction understands how to help you plan for the changing needs of multigenerational living. Often adding an “in-law suite”, bedroom, or bathroom makes the decision to meld families work.
Although it may initially sound daunting, one of the hottest trends in housing is the revival of multigenerational living. The single-family housing model may have worked well in the past, but there are forces at work today that make multigenerational living a practical and natural choice once again. Americans are living longer, usually in a state of health that doesn’t require nursing home care. Younger two-career families struggle with finding and paying for good child care. And the recent recession has left many families floundering financially.
More generations living together can be beneficial for all involved. Families are coming back together again, and twenty-somethings are now staying home longer. Both of these trends are part of a nationwide shift to the reuniting of extended families. Since 1990, the number of multigenerational households has grown by approximately 40%. There are now some 50 million Americans (greater than 16%) living in such households around the country. With life expectancies increasing, baby boomers retiring, and pension funds failing, these numbers will only continue to accelerate.
Multigenerational living can be a solution to all of these issues. But typical American homes are uniquely unsuitable for occupation by more than one family and may be especially unsuitable for the elderly. Elder Living Construction will help you design and develop a plan within your budget to meet your changing needs.
6 design trends in multi-generational housing
- First-floor master suites and dual masters
- Lower-level living areas
- Living space above the garage or in an extra garage bay
- Separate entrances
- Second kitchens
- Private spaces for each generation