Multigenerational homes are a growing trend in the U.S. While there are many types of multigenerational homes, the most common type is a three-generation household consisting of adults, their children (who may be adults), and aging parents.
According to Generations United, one in four Americans live in a household with three or more generations. Their report finds that this is a 271% increase since 2011, which brings the number of adults over the age of 18 living in a multigenerational household to about 66.7 million.
Why the sudden increase in this type of living arrangement? The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the growing number of individuals moving into homes with relatives. However, majority of these individuals plan to continue with this type of living arrangement in the future. One of the reasons is because it’s cost effective. Families are able to share household expenses and share family care duties.
Are you thinking about moving into a multigenerational home? Here are some features to consider to create an ideal living space for all the generations in the home.
- Walk-in showers, along with a grab bar, makes it easy for all individuals in the home to get in and out of the shower safely and with ease.
Large Common Areas
- A large living room, dining area, and kitchen will encourage family interaction. Children can bond with their grandparents more, especially when parents are away. You can also arrange and design these areas to meet everyone’s needs.
Separate Laundry Facilities
- Separate facilities will provide convenience and help with the strain that comes with multiple individuals trying to complete their laundry at the same time.
Private Suites and Entrances
- Separate living spaces and garages will give parents and grandparents privacy and allow them to personalize their space. These may include a private kitchenette and bathroom.
- Parents may need to select a floorplan that allows them to be upstairs and grandparents downstairs for accessibility. If there are stairs, investing in a stair lift could also help older adults maneuver throughout the home safely.
By implementing these features into the home you would like to buy, you will be able to create a space that will benefit everyone in your household.
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