As the days go on, more and more Americans are living in multigenerational households. Whether this means building a custom home that is prepared for aging in place and supporting multiple generations or just weathering the storm in a home that isn’t prepared, there’s no denying that it’s an advancing tide and a space that is becoming increasingly essential within the market. Custom home builders have been at the forefront in giving consumers the control over design decisions that make multigenerational living in a home possible, and it’s important that homeowners get what they want from a home whether that accounts for the long term or short-term. Here are the major reasons that multigenerational living has become so important in recent times.
Elderly people have a difficult time navigating traditional homes which weren’t built with their needs in consideration. Essential stairways that act as a barrier between communal areas and private spaces like bedrooms have long acted as a difficulty between elderly homeowners and their own homes. If you want to live in a home even after you’ve aged, it’s important that all of the spaces in that home remain accessible. Single-level living is a big part of that.
Distinct Living Spaces
For a home to accommodate multiple generations properly, it must include a floor plan that has separate living spaces for multiple sets of people. For many, this means a custom home equipped with an apartment suite, including its own bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and even a smaller living room space. (Consult with your builder regarding your area zoning and building regulations for “in-law-suites”.) These are a fantastic option for letting children fly from the coop, but still have an independent space they can return to after graduating college, for instance, where they may need a place to stay until they can truly head out for good.
Open Floor Designs
Having an accessible home where people can interact and integrate with one another is a big part of multigenerational living. Making a space feel like it encourages the ability to host large groups of people, including large family gatherings, is incredibly important on a practical level for many homeowners interested in multigenerational living.
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