Multi-Generational Households

Multi-Generational Households

Today, about 1 in 5 Americans live in Multi-Generational households.

By definition, multi-generational households have at least two adult generations living under the same roof. Traditionally, in-law suites were the design solution – in a pinch, mom and/or dad moved into a secondary bedroom. A secondary bedroom with direct bathroom access is preferable, but better for achieving both independence and togetherness is a home designed with two owner’s suites. Buyers who wish for a little more independence may also prefer a “Casita” layout or their own level of the house. With private access, bedroom suite, laundry, kitchen, and entertaining area, mom can have the ladies over without having to “schedule” the primary entertaining space. 

Dual Owner’s Suites Example
Cedar Grove – Plan #42339

Casita Layout Example
Frahm – #42357

Separate Levels Example
Strasser Pointe – Plan #42420FB

Dual Owner’s Suites. Aging parents…children returning home…widowed siblings…even lifelong friends looking to share a home…American households are changing. This is often out of economic necessity, such as a suddenly single widow(er) or even older couples wanting to split housing costs. 

An important consideration for older homeowners, is a no-step entry as well as interior passage doors at least 32″ wide, ensuring this home can welcome visitors of all abilities. You may want to consider zoned heating and cooling for everyone’s comfort. And, while tile continues to be the preferred flooring choice in bathrooms, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors. Selecting slip-resistant tile flooring just makes sense. 

Though the scenarios vary, all involve bringing people together. Beyond the home design aspects, there are lifestyle, social, and financial considerations to work through before choosing such a home. A widower may be looking forward to spending lots of time with his adult daughter, but she is already stretched between her job and family. Your college grad moves back and then you remember how loud those video games are. Your sister doesn’t drive, and all those doctor appointments will make it hard to commit to classes you want to take. The joys of being together can be wonderful, but you’ll want to have discussed and agreed upon certain ground rules for dealing with such issues before they arise. 

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Note: Design Basics offers more than 350 plans with the option of a no-step entry. 

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The ‘Toasty Towel’ Solution

The ‘Toasty Towel’ Solution

Runtal Fain Towel Warmer

Photos courtesy of Runtal Radiators

Many of today’s larger, modern showers are doorless designs; great because there’s no door to clean, but some people report feeling cold before they are able to dry off. Common solutions are in-floor heat in your bathroom (installs under the tile), wall mounted heaters, and ceiling heaters (either blowers or heat lamps). Another bathroom warming option is a towel warmer.

Runtal Radiators offers electric and hydronic towel warmer radiators in flat-panel and round-tube designs as well as in different configurations and finishes. The Fain model is a minimalist design using round and square elements, complementing contemporary bathroom design. In addition to a warm bathroom, you get to enjoy the feel of a toasty towel!

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Ease Time Pressures

Ease Time Pressures

If your son/daughter takes a half-hour in front of the bathroom mirror getting ready in the morning, you know a shared bathroom can become a battlefield. Compartmented bathrooms (toilet and tub/shower in one area separated by a door from the vanity and sink) or, depending on the configuration, a Jack-and-Jill bathroom (two compartmented vanity and sink areas with the toilet and tub/shower in between) eases time pressure when several members of your household are trying to get out the door on time. That way more than one person can be using the bathroom at the same time!  

Compartmented Bath
(Sinclair IV – #42159)

Jack-and-Jill Bath
(Peony – #42038)

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Backstory: The Family Lounge

Backstory: The Family Lounge

A couple with young children was looking for “cuddle space.” In another household, it was the need for an upstairs family area for “together time” before bed. Yet another family wanted a larger open study area where the parents would be involved with their kids’ studies. 

It could be reading with the kids, board games, crayon artwork masterpieces, or a one-act play. The Family Lounge is a space for time together upstairs. The Sussex (plan #42284) offers a generous family lounge space connecting the three bedroom suites. 

The Sussex Main Level
The Sussex Upper Level

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Safe and Stylish Bathroom Accessories

Safe and Stylish Bathroom Accessories

Accessibility is a concern for many homeowners, and the bathroom is of significant importance. According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents in the bathroom are the most common accidents in the home.

Adding grab bars to your bathroom are a safe solution for those with mobility issues as well as for anyone using the bathroom. But how do you choose between a safe or stylish bathroom? Invisia offers a beautiful collection of grab bars that double as towel bars, corner shower shelves, and even toilet paper holders–bathroom accessories that also happen to be grab bars hidden in plain sight!

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