Summers are a time for family and friends to come together and eat, drink and be merry. But what happens if they decide not to leave? Multi-generational living is a growing trend that describes the phenomenon of adult children moving home with mom and dad, senior family members living with younger relatives and friends that decide to pool resources and live together.
Changes in living situations bring necessary renovations to the living space itself, remodels that can mean the difference between living comfortably and living on top of each other. As Custom Design & Construction owner, Bill Simone told Remodeling magazine, he completed a project for two home owners who asked him to create two master bedroom suites in their California bungalow—one upstairs and one on the home’s main level.
“These two ladies have been friends forever, and they have bought many homes together,” notes Simone, who converted two first-floor bedrooms into a suite with a roomy bathroom and a walk-in closet. He also cut French doors into an exterior wall to allow the downstairs occupant access to a private, outdoor deck.
The article goes on to report, that across the country, remodelers are fielding similar requests as an uncertain economy, an aging population, and a growing number of immigrants whose cultures embrace multiple-generation households tweak their traditional homes to accommodate a living arrangement that’s becoming more typical.
If you’re considering a multigenerational remodel, consider the following guidelines to make the transition smooth for the whole household.
Renovations should be made with privacy in mind. For example, if you’re adding a room for an aging parent, make sure sound proofing and space are considered so they have the option of insulating themselves from noisy grand kids if necessary.
Maximize the home’s spaces, small and big. Creative use of closets, corners and pantry space including adding custom woodwork and recessed cabinetry can turn unused spaces into functional areas of the home, a big consideration for over-full households.
When in doubt add a bathroom. Anyone who’s ever been forced to share a bathroom with one or more family members will agree that if an additional bathroom is possible, you owe it to yourself and the rest of your household to include it in your remodeling plans.
Consider physical limitations of new residents. Aging parents may need handrails installed in a shower, wheelchair access or be limited to rooms on the main floor if stairs are a challenge. Smaller family members may have trouble reaching counters and sinks or require guard rails to prevent accidents. Any and all physical requirements should be taken into account before embarking on a renovation project.
Call us today for a free estimate if new family members are joining your household this year. Or stop by our Kitchen and Bath Showroom in Naples, Florida, to speak with us in person.