Many people today live in multi-generational homes due to rising home and healthcare costs. Some of you may say that living like this is all about discomfort, but living with your family has its own advantages too. If for some reason you live in a multi-generational home, here are some tips to help you create a comfortable space for everyone.
Think about accessibility
Multi-generation homes require an eye for accessibility. Even if grandparents can move around easily now, thinking ahead can save increasing pain in the future. By creating spaces that are wheelchair accessible, older residents always feel welcome. Open concept layouts are great for getting around. If you configure the bedrooms so that everyone can easily reach their private living space, everyone can remain as independent as possible. Provide bedrooms on the first floor for the older residents and make all other bedrooms on other floors. Some bedrooms on the first floor and others on the second floor can create a natural separation between generations.
Use every inch
With multiple families living in the same house, every square foot is important. Get creative with all the rooms in the house and you will feel a lot more comfortable. Remember to convert some of the less-used areas of the house, such as the attic, basement, or garage, into those areas that may be needed. Rethink the purpose of each room and transform storage spaces into comfortable living spaces. Integrate multifunctional solutions and functional furniture into your home.
Enjoy the suite life
If you’re fortunate enough to redesign your home from scratch, ask your architect to help you configure the suites for each generation. Bathroom sharing can be a huge problem in multi-generational households, and you can easily reduce these conflicts before they even start. Having a private bedroom and bathroom for grandparents and parents and a cheerful and fun bathroom for kids can take the pressure off the busiest rooms in the house.