4 Ideas for a Multi-generational Family Home

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Ensure your home keeps up with your multi-generational family

Home is where life happens. It is where you entertain friends and family, take care of loved ones and carry on family traditions. Our evolving society and changing family dynamics increasingly mean that multiple generations of a family can live together under one roof. Brookside Homes has many home plans and features that fit the unique needs of a multi-generational family household.

1. Provide Common Areas: Open floor plans allow household members to congregate in a common area. With limited or no walls between the main living spaces (kitchen, dining room and living room), Brookside Homes offers many open floor concepts, including the Bradford, Layton 2, Casale 3 and Hartford home plans.

2. Create Privacy: Offer physical space between private areas. Brookside Homes’ Concord and Roosevelt home plans both feature master suites and other bedrooms on opposite sides of the home. Or, convert a bonus room into a livable space. Brookside Homes offers above-garage bonus rooms perfect for creating separate living quarters in its Aument, Benner and Franklin 2 plans I don’t necessarily consider the Aument or Franklin 2 bonus areas as a multi-generational perk. The Benner, by converting the FR wing into a separate bed/bath area. Alternatively, consider converting a stand-alone room, such as a formal living room into a living space (Benner?). Or, build a separate living suite or apartment and add an additional access point for added convenience.

Our Roosevelt floor plan features separate Master Suite and other bedrooms wings for maximum privacy.

3. Promote Self-sufficiency: Foster independence by including a kitchenette and an en-suite bathroom. Consider adding a small, separate laundry with space-saving, stackable closet washer/dryer units. Separate heating and cooling units or a multi-zone whole-home system can accommodate different temperature preferences of your habitants. Customizing any of Brookside Homes’ plans for your specific needs is easy!

4. Think Flexibly: As family dynamics change, think about how flexible your space is over time. For example, a first-floor room could house a child’s playroom for now, but in 10 years, could be converted into a bedroom for an aging parent. A separate living suite or apartment for a young adult could become future live-in space for an elderly parent’s caretaker.

Contact us to today to see how we can build a home that fits your family needs.