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A Room for Mom(s) – Our Multi-Gen Household Considerations
A lot of people may write or report on multi-generational housing, but for the last 15 years, I have lived it. The biggest consideration for our family was making sure each generation had their own space. We actually had both our mothers living with us, although I always say we moved both mother-in-laws in. We also had our two daughters, and for several months our niece even stayed with our family. Each mom needed her own room and bathroom, the girls could share a large room and bath, and my wife and I, of course, would get the master suite. Since neither mom could negotiate stairs very well, we had to find a house with at least three bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first level. We were also looking for an extra room, so the mom’s could have a place to get away and watch television or read. Additionally, since my mom was still driving at the time, we really wanted a three car garage. We found ourselves looking for a five bedroom, four bath, three car garage, one story home. All the other usual considerations, such as school district, location and price range were still important.
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