More multi-generational families are living together than at any point in recent American history. There are a number of reasons for this, from a challenging economic environment to wanting to have family members close by during times of pandemic and strife. If you’re thinking about having your parents move in – or perhaps it’s your adult children and their families you’d like to have nearby – it’s a good idea to think through how your current home might need to change in order to accommodate those plans.
As a custom home builder near Wellesley, here’s what we’re seeing:
Additions with Separate Entrances
For many local families, the ideal solution to multi-generational housing challenges it to have a home addition built with a separate entranceway. These additions are often first floor additions, but not always. An interesting alternative that achieves the same “two houses joined together” feel that honors everyone’s need for privacy and space is to convert a finished basement into an in-law apartment.
How large are these additions? One of the advantages of working with a design/builder is that you can create exactly what you need within the budget you have. In some instances, where the parents may require some level of caregiving or assistance with independent living, the addition may be on the smaller size – 300 to 500 square feet. For a family with active young children, having some more space would obviously be desirable. However, a lot depends on lot size and budget. Working with a Wellesley custom home builder will help you make the most of your space.
Second Kitchens: Pantries, Storage, and Entertaining Space
Another interesting development with the increasing popularity of multi-generational living is the idea of second kitchens. Sometimes families make do with the bedroom space they have, or the additions added are only sleeping space and perhaps a bathroom. In these instances, renovating to either significantly enlarge the kitchen or create a second kitchen is very sensible. Sharing a kitchen is incredibly difficult, especially if some families have dietary needs or preferences that the others don’t. Having a separate kitchen for each household helps.