Trends come and go in the construction industry to no surprise. Très chic fads such as popular colors or design accents can be short lived and thankfully those can be relatively inexpensive to replace when they are no longer in vogue. Other stylish shifts in home design centered on functionality, convenience and economics have far more staying power because they impact they way we live. One such trend that continues to rise is multigenerational housing. Google the term and you will see over half a million entries.
The reasons for multigenerational living are many including aging parents, unemployed college graduates and families who haven’t recovered from the economic downfall a few years ago. On AARP’s website it states: “According to a Pew Research Center analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, approximately 51 million Americans, or 16.7% of the population, live in a house with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and at least one other generation.” In the same article, a survey was done by national builder, PulteGroup that states 32% of adult children expect to eventually share their house with a parent under one roof.” So how can we accommodate this up swinging trend and all live happily ever after?
Designing flex rooms allow for families to coexist in their own space comfortably. Not every aspect of the house needs to be shared. This type of design is different than multi-family homes, which has its own set of zoning laws. With multigenerational living, clients often come to us wanting to redesign an auxiliary building such as a garage, turning that into dwelling space. Working with a design build team who understands city codes and feasibility is critical to success. Not all jurisdictional codes are similar, so we research the rules before proceeding. For example, converting an attached garage to living space is possible in some neighborhoods but transforming an unattached structure may not be allowed.
Flex room designs can include a private master suite on the main level that includes a sitting room, easily accessible shower/bath, wider doors, hand rails and more. Main level living is ideal for this type of space but wondering how your current quarters can accommodate it, might be tricky. You may have more space than you think if non-supporting walls can be moved or possibly relocate a traditional family room to lower level living such as a basement. You may wind up with a bigger family room and space for your parents without having to enlarge your footprint. This additional space will not only enhance the way you coexist but will add value to your home as well.
Living with your parents or in-laws doesn’t have to be what you think…the days of Edith and Archie sharing your living room might not be your idea of “those were the days,” and it doesn’t have to be. If you’re thinking about how your circumstances might change, give CB Construction a call to see how we can reshape your space allowing you to accommodate the needs of your extended family. Our full service design build team can work with you from initial sketches to your completed space. Let us work on your before and after. Call us today at 214-773-5566.
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