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Building for Multigenerational Living: Designing Homes for Extended Families

In recent years, multigenerational living has surged in popularity, driven by cultural preferences, economic considerations, and a desire for closer family connections. As families choose to live together under one roof, the need for homes designed to accommodate multiple generations becomes crucial. This blog will explore the essential aspects of designing homes that cater to the unique needs of extended families.

Understanding Multigenerational Living

Multigenerational living refers to a household that includes two or more adult generations, or a combination of grandparents, parents, and children. This arrangement offers numerous benefits, such as shared financial responsibilities, combined caregiving, and strengthened family bonds. However, it also presents challenges, particularly in ensuring privacy and comfort for all family members.

Key Design Considerations

1. Flexible Spaces

Flexibility is paramount in a multigenerational home. Rooms should serve multiple purposes and be easily reconfigured as family needs change. For example, a space that functions as a playroom for young children can transform into a study area for teenagers or a home office for adults. Open floor plans with movable partitions can help in creating adaptable living spaces. Throughout our communities, we offer a variety of floor plans with optional conversions from the standard den to a bedroom, loft spaces, and the ability to finish the basement for added space.

2. Private Living Quarters

Privacy is essential to maintain harmony in a multigenerational household. Incorporating separate living quarters, such as an in-law suite with its own entrance, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette, can provide independence for older family members or young adults. These private areas allow individuals to have their own space while still being part of the larger family unit. Many of our floor plans in our Jackson community offer the ability to transform the basement into an apartment with a separate walkout entrance. At our Parkside Townhome community, the main floor of each townhome features a bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom, away from the noise of the 2nd and 3rd floors.

3. Accessible Design

Accessibility should be a priority, especially if elderly family members are part of the household. Features like wider doorways, zero-step entries, grab bars in bathrooms, and non-slip flooring can make the home safer and more comfortable for everyone. Additionally, consider installing an elevator or a stairlift for homes with multiple levels. Our rambler style homes in Teton Village offer open concept living perfect for accessibility needs. Also, many of our homes in our Jackson community are offered in a rambler floor plan. Or, many of the multi-story homes feature multiple bedrooms on the main floor giving priority to those who need to stay on one level. If your looking for something more customized, our Fox Landing community may be the perfect match with their large lots, 3 car garages, and expansive floor plans. Take it one step farther with a fully custom home to design every square inch the way you want it.

4. Shared Spaces

While privacy is crucial, so is the need for communal areas where family members can gather and interact. Our floor plans offer spacious kitchens, dining areas, and living rooms to serve as central hubs for family activities. Many of our communities feature spacious outdoor spaces to provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation, enhancing the overall living experience. We also offer loft spaces in many of our floor plans throughout the community to serve as a perfect shared flex space. Customize your home with our Design Center to curate the perfect home for you.

5. Storage Solutions

Adequate storage is essential to keep the home organized and clutter-free. Built-in storage solutions, such as custom closets, under-stair storage, and attic or basement spaces, can help accommodate the belongings of multiple generations. Smart storage designs ensure that everything has its place, making it easier to maintain a tidy home.

Modern Design Trends

1. Dual Kitchens

Having two kitchens or a main kitchen with an auxiliary kitchenette can significantly enhance the functionality of a multigenerational home. This setup allows for simultaneous meal preparations and accommodates diverse culinary preferences and schedules. Build a custom home with us and option your home with dual kitchens.

2. Technology Integration

Smart home technology can improve the quality of life in a multigenerational household. Voice-activated assistants, smart thermostats, and security systems provide convenience and safety.  Ask your Wright Home sales agent about the included smart home features.

3. Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient designs benefit all households, but they are especially important for larger multigenerational homes. Each of our home boast of energy-efficient appliances and high-performance windows to reduce utility costs and contribute to a sustainable living environment. After you purchase you home, add solar panels to additional cost savings.

Conclusion

Designing homes for multigenerational living requires a thoughtful approach that balances privacy, accessibility, and communal living. By incorporating flexible spaces, private living quarters, accessible features, and modern amenities, you can create a harmonious and functional home for extended families. As multigenerational living continues to grow in popularity, these design principles will be key to building homes that cater to the diverse needs of all family members.

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