5 Essential Questions to Ask About Multi Generational Homes

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Looking for a multi generational home? National trends indicate that we will continue to receive requests for multi generational living home designs in the 2014 and 2015 home buying markets.


Multi generational homes are those designed for 3 or more generations to share - with extended families sharing floor plan space (for extended visits or as a permanent living arrangement).


Multi generational homes are also called in law homes, mother in law homes, dual living homes, extended family homes, and homes with "lock out" areas.


If your family is considering the option of multi-generational living, here are 5 essential questions to ask yourselves, and your home builder:


1. How can our multi generational home balance privacy with shared spaces and activities?


One way to ensure privacy is to have a private door from the mother in law or extended stay guest bedroom to a major living area.


This gives direct access to living areas through a private "lock out" bedroom.


While lock out areas are becoming more common, many multi generational homes feature a sitting room or living room within the separate bedroom wing.


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2. Which spaces or features will we need to add, to accommodate additional family?


In addition to bedrooms and baths, consider which of these spaces - common in multi generational homes - that you may want to include: private entrances, living areas, kitchens, dining areas, and even separate home offices


See an example in the photo below. This mother in law suite has a sitting room and private access French door to outdoor living spaces. 


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3. Kitchens can be one of the most expensive rooms in the home (along with the master suite and bathroom). If your multi generational home will need a second kitchen, does it need to be full-sized? Or would a more modest "morning" kitchen (with small refrigerator, sink, and microwave) be more appropriate? 




4. How flexible will your outdoor areas (yards, decks, patios, balconies, screen rooms, etc.) be? Will you share or divide the space?


In this home, the master suite features a private balcony. The screen room below remains a shared outdoor living space - providing plenty of private space and flexibility in one home plan design.


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5. Will I need to build in accessibility, aging in place, or Universal Design features?


When sharing spaces, it may be important to you to have such features built in discretely.


Make sure to ask your home builder which features provide the greatest usability for the lowest cost.


In this kitchen, the spaces are wheelchair accessible. Plenty of lighting - a Universal Design feature - makes the kitchen easy to navigate.


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Here are a few examples of multi generational home plans:

The Cainsville

The Skylar

The Harriet

The Hayfield

Tour six of our most popular multigenerational home plans, designed with mother in law suites and extended-stay guest quarters.  See dozens of photos of each completed home.

The Maple Lane (3,275 sq ft) is a full brick multigenerational home with five bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. The mother in law suite offers private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access.  


The Dugan (3,184 sq ft) is a fully accessible mother in law suite home plan with first floor master and elevator to the second story.


The Woodlake (3,626 sq ft) is a contemporary one story home with mother in law suite, two island kitchen, and detached garage.    


The Greenhaven (3,716 sq ft) offers a mother in law suite with private living room. This multigenerational home has a third floor office, and accessible bathrooms.


 The Chalet Vert (2,707 sq ft) is an open concept two story home with main floor mother in law suite with private bathroom and walk in closet.   


The Newberry (3,223 sq ft) has a first floor mother in law suite with sitting room. This home's efficient design leaves plenty of space for multigenerational families.  


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Jasmin Henderson
Sicklerville, NJ

Excellent article. Thank you for the information and Floor Plans. Do you build in New Jersey as well?

Jan 03, 2017 01:59 PM #1
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
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Houses that are conducive to multi-generational living will become more popular. "Aging in place" support systems means more families will be looking for homes that will be conducive to accommodate aging parents.

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