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Multigenerational Homes: A New Trend in Remodeling

Multigenerational Homes: A New Trend in Remodeling

Finishing a basement, adding bedrooms above a garage or re-configuring living space without compromising the flow is a smart way to accommodate boomerang children or aging parents. Sociologists say the multigenerational homes trend is here to stay even now that the economy is improving. Home remodeling with future housing needs in mind saves money in the long run. 

An article by HouseLogic points out the trend toward multigenerational homes is changing how people remodel their homes. By providing a separate entrance and completely private living space, it's possible to turn the "in-law suite" into a profitable apartment in the future. It may also raise the resale value of your home. Experts say 50 million people are part of multigenerational households, which means there are several different generations living under the same roof.

Multigenerational Homes Have Finished Basements 

One strategy for accommodating different generations is to finish an unfinished basement or remodel it with a kitchenette. It's important to convert a half bathroom into a full bathroom if the basement is meant to be a separate living space. Other suggestions include soundproofing the ceiling. Finishing a basement can a project that can be completed through a Special Projects Division that doesn't require as much elaborate design from an architect. 

Multigenerational Homes Accommodate Aging Parents

The oldest members of the family may prefer to be on the main floor of the home, unless you have an elevator in the house. Some ways to make it easier for an older person include remodeling the bathroom to have grips, ledges in the shower and non-slip floors to prevent falls. Some people may need handicapped accessible bathtubs or step-in tubs that are more accessible. 

Attic Space is Converted in Multigenerational Homes 

A popular option for accommodating boomerang children or siblings who are job searching in the area or waiting for their home to be built is an attic conversion. Most young people can easily navigate the stairs. An old attic can be converted into a master suite with bath. Adding a balcony or decorative windows can make the space feel less claustrophobic. 

At Hopkins & Porters, we specialize in large additions and also take on smaller special projects. Our design team can help you figure out how to expand your living space to accommodate changing needs. For more information, please contact us.

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