They say that everything old becomes new again. That wisdom certainly holds true for housing trends. Across the nation, multi-generational families are on the rise. This means having more than one nuclear family (parents and children) living under a single roof.
Families are living together for any number of reasons. A common scenario involves an aging parent (or parents) moving into their children’s home. Equally common is the adult child returning to their childhood home: a tight labor market and a difficult economy make it tough for people to find jobs or housing.
When multiple generations live together, it’s essential to make sure there’s enough space to promote domestic harmony. There are several ways to do this: your Northboro home addition specialist can help you figure out the best way to add space to your home in an affordable, attractive fashion.
One way to add space to your home is to build out dormer windows. In this picture, you can see a dormer window addition. Dormer additions can add much needed square footage without increasing the size of your building’s footprint – great news if you have a small lot! Additionally, dormer additions can be very cost effective: you can add a room for your in-laws, parents, or adult children while keeping to a budget. The added space makes your home more valuable and can increase curb appeal.
Another option is adding a room addition to your Northboro home. Room additions can be built to incorporate a separate entrance, which is a surprisingly effective way to help everyone maintain their own space and sense of independence. Room additions can be added to single story homes or two story homes. Some beautiful in-law apartments have been created by transforming unused space over garages.
Every family is different, and will find their own unique way to best accommodate the pressures of many generations living together. The benefits of having family close by far outweigh the inconveniences – especially if you make smart home additions so everyone has enough space!