Custom home designs to accommodate multi-generation families
Many family homes now must meet the needs of expanded families. In-law suites for aging parents and basement apartments to house “boomerang kids” are much in demand. While these home designs provide some degree of independence, they lack privacy and flexibility once the adult child flees the nest or the aging parents require a higher level of care. Also, do you really want to be the one to inform your mother-in-law she’s living in the basement or over the garage?
One solution is to build a separate carriage house. If your property has sufficient acreage, then it’s easy and cost effective to construct a separate residence for your relatives. There a number of floor plans available that provide just the right amount of living space. Having a kitchen, sitting area and bathroom of their own gives your loved ones a feeling of independence while still allowing them access to the family.
These additions can be constructed without disrupting the rest of the household. Because they don’t have to be tied in to existing plumbing and heating, the job is actually much easier. Auxiliary buildings can be completed in approximately 8 weeks. In addition, they can match the primary home on the outside but have an entirely different design scheme for the interior.
Another advantage of the carriage house is that it can be transitioned to other uses. Homeowners can convert the space to an office or studio. It’s a way to work from home without the many distractions being at home can cause. The separate structure can also be rented out and will provide a nice income stream. Many tenants are happy to live in a single family neighbourhood and will jump at the chance to have a small apartment of their own.
If your home no longer meets the needs of your family then it may be time for a change. Consider a custom designed expansion before you put up a for sale sign. Contact us, or call 1.866.971.0239 to discuss your options.