A multi-generational household is exactly that – a family consisting of more than two generations living under the same roof. This actually offers different positive effects on many aspects of your life, including reduced transportation costs, better finances and a greater level of efficiency. But space and privacy are a common issue in this kind of household: something that might be mitigated with a smart home renovation.
- Consider an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). This upgrade hits two birds with one stone, so to speak. It provides senior parents or adult children their own space and privacy. Aside from having the necessities of a bedroom and a full bathroom, an ADU also has a private entrance and a small kitchen area that make a huge difference in making family members more independent and comfortable. An ADU can be constructed as a separate building, on the area above the garage or even as an extra wing in the main residence.
- Add aging-in-place features. Multi-generational households have at least one or two seniors, so you should definitely take safety and accessibility into account in the remodeling plan. Incorporating universal design, open-access floor plans and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant bathroom design should help with this. This means adding wider doorways, non-slip flooring, easily accessible storage, barrier-free showers, walk-in bathtubs and lift systems.
- Finish your basement. While the basement is typically used as a storage or laundry area, the space can be so much more. Finishing your basement offers an easy and cost-effective way to maximize habitable space in your home. It can serve as an entertainment room, a home office or a small gym. But most importantly, you can use it as an additional bedroom for other family members. Include a full bathroom into the design, plus a separate door to the outside and an egress window with built-in stairs, and you’re all set.
Aside from roof replacement, Bay Valley Contractors can also handle your home remodeling needs. With our premier renovation solutions, we’ll improve the safety, comfort, independence and privacy of your multi-generational household. We serve Concord, CA, and Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano counties. Call us today at (925) 705-7889, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.