HomeSmart   - Home Adaptations for Independent Living
RSS Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Long Term Care: When to Plan and How to Pay
Benefits of Hiring an Accessibility Specialist
Current Trends in Senior Housing
Universal Design & Aging in Place
Product Spotlight: Flip A Grip

Most Popular Posts

The In-Law Suite
Trends in Housing: Part 2 The Tiny House
Tub to walk-in shower conversion
Managing Stairs: The Stair Lift
Modifying Narrow Doorways

Categories

Events
Fixing To Stay
Homes for a Lifetime
Other Resources
Product Spotlight
Project Files
Questions & Answers
powered by

For Boomers & Their Aging Parents

Multi-Generational Housing: Turning One Home into Two

    In September, the Census reported that almost a third of households were “doubled up,” meaning more than one generation of adults were living under one roof.  All in all, 61.7 million adults, or 27.7 percent, were doubled-up in 2007, rising to 69.2 million, or 30.0 percent, in 2011.

   The AARP Public Policy Institute also confirmed multi-generational homes are on the rise in the United States, reporting there were roughly one-half million more households that were multi-generational in 2010 than in 2009, and that in the past two years, the number of multi generational households grew faster than in any other two-year period since 2000, coinciding largely with the recession of the past few years.

    For a variety of reasons, both cultural and economic, families today are rethinking their housing needs. Adults are living together with their grandparents, in-laws, or grown children who are not economically ready to move out.  Particularly for those who want a comfortable way to look after elderly parents, multi-generational living is an appropriate solution. Parents can comfortably live near their caregivers, while still providing independence and privacy for everyone.  

   As a result, builders are receiving more requests to build in-law suites or, as the term is starting to emerge, to “turn one house into two.”   
 
   An in-law addition can be built just as any other home addition, can be purchased as a modular unit that’s then attached to your home or set on your property, or can be built in a garage (attached or detached).  These suites typically are on a single level and usually comprised of a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and a small living room area.  In-law additions need to include extra amenities so as to allow for aging in place, such as wider hallways and doorways, no step entrances, extra room in front of bathroom and kitchen cabinetry, grab bars, levered handled door knobs, comfort height toilets, and curb-less showers.   
  
   You can find in-law home addition plans in magazines and on the Internet that can often meet your requirements.  If building new, expect to pay around $110 to $130 per square foot for construction.  And while a remodel or addition can make the cost of an in-law prohibitive for some homeowners, it can be less expensive than the money required for long-term care for aging relatives in a facility - and a potential source of income down the road.   

   Before getting too involved in the idea however, check with your municipality to find out how your local zoning and building codes affect this type of addition.  There may be zoning issues to having two separate residences on the same building lot, or special features that the addition must include, like separate utility services, as mandated by code.


Susan Luxenberg
President
HomeSmart LLC


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7 Comments to Multi-Generational Housing: Turning One Home into Two:

Comments RSS
steel buildings ontario on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 5:28 AM
You need to be very careful with the home design if there is multiple generation living in it. They all require different things according to there taste and the challenge is to accommodate all in one home.
Reply to comment


Burleigh Heads Accommodation on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 8:00 AM
Fantastic blog post and very useful information. Keep blogging. Best of luck.
Reply to comment


Caloundra Accommodation on Thursday, February 07, 2013 12:50 AM
This post was very well written, and it also contains a lot of useful facts. I enjoyed your distinguished way of writing the post. Thanks, you have made it easy for me to understand.
Reply to comment


buymecalgary.com on Friday, February 08, 2013 4:33 AM
This website is so cool and very well designed.
Reply to comment


Calgary real estate listings on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:24 AM
After a long time I got something fresh and quality content on related topic. I searched a lot for the related material but got almost replica work. Keep it up! It is really very informative.
Reply to comment


Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday, April 04, 2013 4:31 AM
I am impressed, I must say. Very rarely do I come across a site that both informative and entertaining, and let me tell you, your site is important; the issue is something that not enough people are talking intelligently about.
Reply to comment


loemrntdherid1 on Monday, July 30, 2018 9:43 PM
This blog is a great combination of suitable and useful information and well-written sentences that will certainly entice your sense and update you about new happening.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website provided by  Vistaprint
Website
provided by Vistaprint