Multigenerational Households on the Rise

December 19, 2012

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As homeowners make space for in-laws, elderly parents or a recent college graduate, Chicago new homes builders are finding more ways to create innovative floor plans for these multigenerational households.

One of the most popular multigenerational additions are master suites located on the main level of a home, and double master-suites are now being offered as well so that in-laws can have their own private space. Builders are also adding fifth bedrooms and jack-and-jill bathrooms to cater towards college grads who have moved back home.

Not only are second floors expanding, kitchens are changing to keep up with the latest multigenerational design trends. Since kitchens are the main family gathering area, builders are including breakfast nooks adjacent to the kitchen to make room for more seating. The second-most popular kitchen addition is the use of tables with booth-style seating as opposed to the standard table and chairs.

Bonus spaces above the garage are another way that multigenerational families are being accommodated. Bonus spaces don’t necessarily have to be turned into a bedroom, they can be used for a game room or study. Three-car garages are also growing in popularity as families need the extra parking space for an in-law or recent grad.

The latest new homes have so many great additions, it seems that every type of multigenerational family will find a floor plan that works for them. It will be exciting to see what 2013 brings in terms of new home designs!

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