Forbes reports that women have a 1 in 7 chance of celebrating their 95th birthday (sorry guys, you only have a 1 in 14 chance of blowing out 95 candles). Today’s longer lifespans, scattered families, and the desire for independence coupled with the fear and high cost of nursing homes has made live-in caretakers a viable option. Similarly, accident victims and wounded veterans may need around-the-clock aides, which, not surprisingly, are often parents moving in. Home plans like Scholz Designs® Bauer Creek plan 56564 are more than dual master suite homes, they really “live” independently for the caretakers with separate garages, entrances, and living spaces, plus direct connections from one side to the other.
The median age of widowhood is 59.4 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). After a lifetime together, it’s no surprise that many of these “suddenly single” widows (and widowers) desire homeownership AND companionship. They’ve told us they’re looking for separate owner’s suites with shared living spaces. Take Design Basics’ Tucker Terrace plan 50039. The owner’s suite and suite #3 achieve maximum separation for desired privacy, meaning neither individual needs to be annoyed by the other’s loud TV programming. The common entertaining space + sunroom + rear covered porch provide plenty of opportunities for togetherness. While more modest, suite #2 could accommodate a third companion.
Particularly due to the aging baby boomer generation, there is a growing number of households with siblings or sometimes cousins moving in together. In addition to the desire to be with family, we often hear this is out of economic necessity, such as a suddenly single widow or even older related couples wanting to split housing costs. Not surprisingly, these are two of the driving forces behind the surging popularity of plans with dual owner’s suites on the main floor such as Design Basics Toulouse plan 50037. Each of that design’s first floor bedrooms is generously sized for a couple. An important consideration for older homeowners, the Toulouse features a zero-threshold front entry, ensuring this home can welcome visitors of all abilities. Similarly, interior passage doors are at least 36″ wide, easily accommodating a walker or wheelchair. And the over-sized flex/hobby space off the garage entry has another welcome amenity – a shower stall; originally en-visioned for pet care, but equally adept as a wheelchair wash-off station.
We recently spoke with a woman with a special needs teenage daughter that will likely be living with her mom for many years to come. This homebuyer wanted a home with an owner’s suite, a separate adjacent suite (so she could hear her daughter), a third bedroom for frequent guests, and a room for her home office – all in less than 1800 square feet. Our search narrowed to the Garland plan 24297, where bedroom #4 was a perfect fit for her and her daughter’s needs, and bedroom #2 being re-purposed as the home office she wanted.
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For the past few weeks, we have been focusing on homes designed with two owner’s suites and the possible living situations that might warrant dual-suites. This week we’re going to focus on multiple owner’s suites and why you might consider this design concept. Not only for special living situations, but also for long-term or even resale value.
Take for instance a recent request for a home with not just two suites, but a trio of owner’s suites! Three widowed ladies were looking for a living arrangement that provided companionship and independent living, yet still enjoy the advantages of home ownership. Their request – design a plan with three owner’s suites! Each having their own space, yet being able to gather together for meals, entertaining, and conversation – this was their ideal home design.
Another scenario for multiple owner’s suites is simply wanting family members to have their own space. Wouldn’t it be great if the kids had their own bathrooms? No more arguing on who’s taking too much time in the bathroom. And, a separate powder room for guests means you never have to be embarrassed about a possible mess in the kids’ bathroom when an unexpected visitor stops by! It could also be convenient for frequent overnight guests to have their own suite to feel more at home.
Design Basics’ gorgeous new (Serena plan #42282, above) offers something rarely seen in a moderate-size home – all four bedrooms function as suites! The main floor illustrates the growing popularity of what can be dual-owners’ suites, each with two sinks, oversize shower and private toilet area. Some people will build the home as a 2-bedroom ranch and finish additional living space in the basement.
As originally designed, the two second-floor bedrooms serve as suites, offering big windows, walk-in closets, and adjoining baths. Perfectly designed for multi-generational households, bedrooms 3 and 4 are separated by a family lounge area, perfect for cuddling up with the kids/grandkids and for an additional entertaining/homework space when the kiddos get older!
The Tucker Terrace (plan #50039, above) is another unique design for a multiple suite plan, offering three bedroom suites in a 2,709 sq. ft. ranch style home. The owner’s suite is in close proximity to the second bedroom suite, suitable for a child’s room or aging relative. The third bedroom suite is located off the garage on the opposite side of the home, providing privacy and independence for a live-in relative or college student.
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Many parents of college students feel that even with student loan repayment, their children should learn the economic realities of housing and rent. If enrolled locally, the bedroom suite can be a less expensive option over dorm life. Or, a recent graduate could move back home, softening the blow of post-graduation costs. A 2010 CNN survey conducted by Twentysomething Inc., found that 85% of college seniors planned to move back home with their parents after graduation! For those parents that have gotten used to being empty-nesters, a dual-suite option may help with the living adjustment.
The Wetherby Mills (plan #42278, above) offers a split dual-suite option that would give a college student or recent grad some privacy and feel of having their own space. Placed strategically on the second level at the top of the stairs, the suite is separated from the owner’s suite and secondary bedrooms by an open flex space that could be used as a family lounge.
For an even more independent living feel, the Centennial A (plan #55285) features an owner’s suite on the main level and an additional suite on the second level. With two additional bedrooms on the second level, one could be converted into an office/study for completing homework or a game room/lounge for entertaining guests.
We offer numerous dual-suite arrangements, and can make custom changes to fit your family’s needs. Search all dual-owner’s suite plans on our website.
A growing trend is ‘aging in place’ whereby seniors are opting to stay in their own home rather than move into an assisted living facility. The CDC defines aging in place as, “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” More and more people are looking for ways to help aging family members stay in their home – whether that be multiple generations living together or enlisting in-home care.
As of 2000, there were approximately 35 million Americans over the age of 65. And, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 there will be approximately 71.5 million Americans over the age of 65. That number is more than twice what it was in 2000 and represents nearly 20% of the entire projected U.S. population in 2030. The statistics are staggering if not concerning. Will there even be enough assisted living facilities available to accommodate this influx, let alone the cost? Certainly housing options are needed.
One such option is the dual-owner’s suite home design. Many families are looking to thoughtful home design to help seniors cope with expected, and unexpected, life cycle challenges in a loving yet discrete and life enhancing manner. Convenient and economical, the dual-owner’s suite design provides aging in place options for both short- and long-term accommodations.
The Welker (plan #29354, above) is a Craftsman style one-story with 2 bedrooms and 3 baths. The split bedroom design provides both suites with privacy, yet access to gather together in the family area. The Carswell (plan #29317) also offers split owner’s suites with options for expansion.
Some additional details to consider when designing the home:
- Covered front/back porches – offer protection and safety from the elements as well as for enjoying some relaxation outside.
- Step-free entry – accommodates both the homeowner and visitors that may require assistance.
- Barrier-free kitchen and open concept – less obstacles, freer mobility.
- Door and interior hall widths – space for mobility-aided navigation.
- Traditionally tight spots, such as bathrooms, thoughtfully planned to allow mobility-aided navigation.
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The owner’s suite is your sanctuary, the ‘best’ bedroom in the house. But, how well is the space being utilized? Do you find that even though it’s a larger area, there isn’t enough room for everything? Typically designed with at least two doors/openings–one for entering the suite and one for accessing the closet/bathroom–wall space is diminished. Seemingly insignificant (yet essential) in the design, these doors can be a burden when arranging your bedroom furniture and decor.
How about an owner’s suite that truly is a ‘luxury suite’, providing privacy, functionality, and design appeal? Rather than a single door leading directly into the bedroom, include a small alcove that offers privacy. The Rivermont (plan #8544, above) features this type of owner’s suite design. By only having one doorway into the bedroom area, you have almost four full walls to work with! Think of all the different ways you can arrange your furniture and display your favorite artwork.
Not only does the alcove provide added privacy for the suite by not opening directly into the living area, it also provides separation of bed and bath. Perhaps you and your spouse keep opposite schedules. Even though the bath/closet are private when accessed through the bedroom, think about how bothersome the opening and closing of the door is to the other person. This alcove arrangement keeps the bedroom separate from the bath/closet. You can quietly crawl out of bed and enter the bath area to get ready without ever having to reenter the bedroom.
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