As we explored in our last blog, a growing number of families are embracing multigenerational living. While fitting multiple generations under the same roof might sound like a stressful scenario to some, with the right preparation, it can actually be a positive, fun experience that offers benefits to every family member.
As you welcome your family members into your home, be sure to keep these tips in mind for prepping their rooms, your common areas, and everything in between:
Welcoming additional people into your home presents the perfect opportunity to cut out some of the clutter in your rooms. You’ll want your family members to feel like they have space to settle in, so be sure to remove some of the non-essential items, such as vases, picture frames, and knickknacks, in the areas they’ll be using.
Cutting out some of your clutter will also encourage your family members to see the space as their own, which can go a long way toward making them feel at home.
Everyone needs privacy—even from his or her own family members. That’s why it can be helpful to consider ways to give your loved ones plenty of space and quiet.
If you live in a larger home, provide separate bedrooms and living areas to your guests. Think about which areas would be best for aging parents or small grandchildren, who might require more quiet time. If some rooms don’t currently have locks, consider adding them to create a feeling of privacy. If you live in a smaller home, think about how room dividers or even strategically placed curtains might help give family members their own, separate space.
When possible, establish separate common areas, such as living rooms and kitchens, so that your family members feel like they have their own space to retreat to. This will allow you and your loved ones to carve out personal time and family time—without feeling like they constantly overlap.
Plan for Differing Schedules
Some of your family members may be early risers, while others are night owls. One might be a student who needs a lot of quiet time, while another may like to listen to music or watch television each evening. Think about your loved ones’ habits and see if you can make a plan for accommodating them all.
For example, you might move a TV into a teenager’s room so that he or she doesn’t keep the rest of the house up late by watching movies in the common area. Or you could set up a quiet study area away from the busy areas of the house to encourage your student to get some work done.
As you prepare your home, you may realize it simply cannot accommodate your multigenerational family for an extended period of time. It can be especially challenging to fit multiple generations into a small house and also give each family member the space and privacy he or she needs.
If you’re about to welcome family members into your home for an extended stay, now may be a good time to consider upgrading to a larger, more flexible floor plan. Adair Homes offers affordable custom homes that are ideal for multigenerational living, with dual master suites, multiple living areas, kitchenettes, single-story living, and other important features.