“Couples of all kinds are cohabiting” reads a headline in a recent article in USA Today. For those whose adult children have moved back home or whose elderly parents have come for an extended stay this is not breaking news.
Not too long ago, multi-generational homes were the rule, not the exception. The challenge is that many of today’s homes are designed for adults and children rather than adults and adult children or aging family members. If you love your home and neighborhood, you probably don’t want to move so what’s the answer? We suggest renovating your existing house.
Smart space planning is the key to a successful renovation, especially when considering some of these multi-generational issues. Solutions may include:
- Adding space including an additional bathroom or sitting area separate from the main family living space
- Creating a separate entrance
- Adding handicap accessibility
- Creating a small kitchenette
- Adding storage, possibly an additional garage bay
We recently added a space above the garage to be used as a home library/office for a retiring professor. It is conveniently located near the main part of the home but separate enough for work to be done. And it could easily be converted in the future to a children’s playroom, teen getaway or a guest room.
“We’ve been aware of this trend for some time and have a member of our staff who is an aging in place expert,” says Peter Feinmann. “Whatever changing needs a family has – from an in-law suite to an au pair suite – we work with clients to find innovative solutions.”
Stay tuned for information on an upcoming series in our showroom called Re-Nest, all about aging in place issues, designing for empty nesters and more.