My wife and I have friends with older parents and adult children moving back in with them, but they don’t always have the space to accommodate everyone. In talking with them about various housing options that might be suitable for their situation, family is important to them, and they want the best for everyone. With multi-generational homes, they can now move into a home that suits everyone’s needs and doesn’t cramp their lifestyle.
Multi-generational homes are becoming more and more popular throughout the U.S. These homes offer a range of floor plans and layouts that will suit your family nicely, and each one is different. Some homes feature a separate “apartment” on the first floor, which retracts from the rest of the family in the evenings. Others have one bedroom and bathroom on the first floor geared for older generations. Due to the economy, sometimes it is easier for families to live together in one home.
Many trends have triggered this new move among families, according an article in New Home Source by Susan Bady, “Multigenerational Homes: Multigenerational Living is Back”. The generations of families with older parents would rather not put them in assistant living homes; instead provide them a place where they feel at home. Also, newer and younger families cannot always afford to have their own home and decide to move back in with their parents. Either way, multi-generational homes are allowing home builders to expand their floor plans and provide the necessary means for the multi-generational family. (more…)