Houses that accommodate aging parents, adult children, and other family members under one roof are gaining popularity here in the Bay Area. According to Pew Research Center, 57 million individuals live in multigenerational households. That’s more than 18 percent of the United States population. And, the numbers are continuing to climb as an increasing number of aging parents choose to live at home with family rather than downsizing or moving to senior-only facilities. We’re finding that multigenerational home remodeling projects are exactly what clients need when adding square footage and living space.
Under One Roof
Multigenerational houses are ones that have been built or remodeled to accommodate aging parents or adult children who need to move back home. In the past, these living areas have been called in-law suites or in-law apartments. Though, there is a slight difference between a suite and an apartment. A suite is typically a section of the house or an addition to the main house that has undergone a multigenerational home remodel and flows seamlessly with the original floor plan.
An in-law apartment is typically a fully-functional space that has a small kitchenette and separate exterior door, providing privacy when entering or exiting at their leisure. It may or may not have an interior door that connects to the rest of the house.
Multigenerational Home Remodel Benefits
Multigenerational households provide many emotional, practical and financial benefits for all family members. According to Humana, a health care provider, their research found that this growing trend provides these benefits:
- Closer Bonds Between Family Members
- Elderly Parents Are Less Lonely
- Improved Financial Security for all Family Members
- More People to Watch Children
- Peace of Mind and Positive Home Environment
Questions to Consider
Performing a multigenerational home remodel involves several steps from planning and budgeting to hiring a home remodeling contractor and beginning work. The first step is always the objective evaluation of your existing home and asking yourself these few questions.
- Does my existing square footage allow me to add an in-law suite or apartment or will I need an addition?
- What is my home remodel budget?
- What are the permitting requirements and other laws in my city or county for addition additions and performing remodels?
Multigenerational Home Remodeling with Valley Home Builders
Here at Valley Home Builders, we offer design and build services for homeowners and families that are looking to create the perfect multigenerational home remodeling plan. Our team of building professionals can objectively evaluate your existing home and determine the best solutions for you and your family. We can renovate existing spaces, perform large-scale additions that include bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchenettes, as well as second story and over-garage home additions.
To get started on your multigenerational home remodel, call us today at 408-248-8000.