Buying a Home

Finding a Home That Works for the Multi-generational Family

February 6, 2014

More families seek multi-generational housing

Need a floor plan that can comfortably house multiple generations? Maybe you have a college-age son living at home, or a post-college daughter with a spouse and children. Or it could be you have an elderly parent or live-in nanny, and space is tight. You’re not alone. Multi-generational housing has been on a steady, even sharp, uptick for decades. According to a PEW Research article, the population of multi-generational households rose 75% from 1980 to 2008. A similar PEW Research study showed that the percentage of 25- to 35-year-olds living in multi-generational homes had nearly doubled between 1980 and 2012, from 11% to 21.6%.

Those are serious numbers, and they haven’t been lost on homebuilders. Multi-generational homes are a definite trend, with builders integrating larger, more flexible floor plans containing guest suites with all the modern amenities. All of which means there’s never been a better time to buy in the multi-gen market. Here are some of our own multi-generational floor plans, allowing different adult age groups to live together while maintaining independent lifestyles.

multi-generational home floor plan

Live-in suites, like the one in the Ivy plan above, can be a great fit when looking for the extra space and amenities of a multi-generational housing floor plan while retaining the look of a single-family home. Integrated seamlessly with the rest of the floor plan, live-in suites can offer the conveniences of separate garage and front door entrances, full living quarters and options on amenities like kitchens and laundry rooms.

Multi-generational home floor plan

Casitas, like the one in this Ava plan, offer guest quarters that are often more distinct and separate from the rest of the floor plan than live-in suites, and can even appear as a smaller house extending from the larger home. As with live-in suites, casitas tend to enjoy their own entrances, full living quarters and kitchen options. Less common wall space could be a bonus for families looking to achieve a greater sense of independence and privacy between older and younger generations.

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