Homeowners both enjoy and dread a loved one returning to their home. Whether it is an elderly parent or an adult child returning after college, creating a comfortable space can be challenging.
Family Member Remodel Trend
Baby Boomers, generally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, are also called the Sandwich Generation. This is because they frequently are living with their elderly parents and/or returning adult children.
This sociological trend is due to a number of factors. When living with elderly parents, the cost of in-home or assisted living services can be double your mortgage payment. Often there is a need for Boomers to have their parents close to make sure they are properly cared-for.
The “Boomerang Generation”, or children who move back in with their parents after post-secondary education, has been increasing. This has been attributed to a lack of affordable housing in some areas of the US. Along with that, the amount of student debt carried, and postponement of marriage and children, etc.
Should you be a Boomer and find yourself in either or both of those situations, here are some thoughts on how you can make your now, or soon-to-be, multi-generational home more harmonious.
Tiny Home Addition
Depending upon your means, the size of your lot, and your local zoning ordinances, building a tiny-home might be an option. A tiny-home is loosely defined as a smaller, separate structure that shares a lot with another structure. These smaller structures usually range from between 100 and 400 square feet, as opposed to the typical American home, which averages 2,600 square feet. These structures offer the individual privacy and space while being in close proximity to the main home. These are also considered because they can be converted into an office, art studio, wood shop, etc. or a rentable space as those who are living in your home move on.
In Home Apartment Remodel
More commonly, Boomers elect to either remodel the lower level as an apartment or combine two adjacent bedrooms in to a living suite.
When a separate living space is created, ultra-efficient use of space and storage is very important. Fortunately, we at Davis Cabinetry are well-versed in designing high-utility spaces with small footprints.
When designing a space for an elderly parent, it is important account for existing physical ailments, and those that may occur in the future. Doorways, the heights of countertops, electrical outlets, toilets, shower entries, and flooring should comply with ADA standards. Flooring should allow for easy movement of a wheelchair and exterior doors may need to be double-wide to accommodate hospital beds.
If you’re building out a full kitchen for a live-in guest it could take a chunk out of your savings. Our newest partner would be the perfect fit for you. BJ Tidwell is a high-value, high variety, 100% American-made cabinet manufacturer that is perfect for an additional, small kitchen.
Although, this blog post is not meant to be all-inclusive, it is meant to foster thought. What can be done to your home to get ready for your elderly parent or returning adult child.