Multigenerational households are becoming more and more common, as extended family members move to live under one roof for cultural, financial or personal reasons.
While multigenerational living has its advantages, a lack of space can be a challenge. One of the best ways to remedy it is to remodel the home with separation in mind. Converting an existing space—such as a basement, garage or guest suite—into living space for one generation, or compartmentalizing, is ideal.
To compartmentalize effectively, each generational space must have, at minimum, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and living and sleeping areas. Make special consideration when it comes to installing plumbing in the kitchenette and bathroom—some spaces simply cannot accommodate in-ground or in-wall fixtures, and an above-floor, compact system may be necessary.
Setting up shared spaces is equally important when remodeling for multigenerational living. Consider the activities the whole family enjoys—Sunday brunch, crafts, or movie night, for example. Factor these into the remodeling plans, and ensure the areas that support these are accessible from the generational compartments.
The number of multigenerational households is expected to continue growing, as boomers enter their golden years and millennials strive to establish homes. Remodeling for both separation and shared spaces increases the functionality of the home, fostering what ultimately matters most: time with family.
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