Did you know that more than 50 million Americans (17% of the population) are currently living in multi-generational homes?
Multi-generational house plans have become extremely popular in the 21st century. Whether it’s parents moving in to look after their grandchildren, young adult children returning home after college, or parents moving in to be looked after – homes are now expanding in order to accommodate growing families.
There are many reasons why you may want to consider this design. House plans designed for multiple generations or with in-law suites include more private areas for independent living such as small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and even multiple living areas. Separated spaces are typically connected to the main house for security and economy – also differentiating the home from a duplex or multi-family home.
Builders are already supporting this growing trend as many already offer multiple master suites or dens and family rooms that can be converted into bedrooms. They offer universal design features that may include wider hallways and doors, brighter lighting, or few to no steps in order to accommodate small children or aging adults.
While many builders have been offering these options for a while now, they are beginning to see a slight shift in demand and scope. For example, Toll Brothers has recently introduced three new multi-gen options that can be selected for many of their most popular homes in Maryland & Virginia, including their Harding model.
The most requested feature in multi-gen homes — and available with Toll Brothers’ Harding home design — is a conveniently located outdoor entry for private visits with friends. All their multi-gen options include a bedroom with a separate adjacent sitting room for private entertaining, a large walk-in closet, and a private or semi-private bath. Showers are standard, but luxury bath options are available and include a soaking tub or whirlpool tub if desired. Also available are morning kitchens, which include cabinetry, a sink, and a space for an under-counter refrigerator.
While the cost of a house custom designed for multigenerational living is the same as any home of equal square footage, its good to point out that with several generations paying one mortgage, the financial burden may actually be less – not to mention everyone will be more comfortable!