24 Apr Multigenerational Housing – for Tough Times or Here to Stay?
According to a Pew Research Center analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, approximately 51 million Americans, or 16.7 percent of the population now live in multigenerational homes: homes containing three generations under one roof.
It could be the college graduate that moved back in with the “folks”, who are also providing room and care for Grandma, or maybe the elderly couple with their son, his wife and two kids co-habitating. Is this trend due to the economy, or is it here to stay?
Multigenerational housing used to mean older people with financial troubles living with their children; now it’s the next generation that can’t keep up. These living arrangements are typically embraced in many other cultures, but the growing rate is worth mentioning in the US.
Benefits of multigenerational housing:
- Built-in child care
- Elder care
- Aging in place without isolation
- Pooled finances
Another report showed that more than three-quarters of “boomerangs” — the young adults ages 25 to 34 who move back in with their parents — were satisfied with their living situation. 82 percent said the setup brought them closer, 72 percent mentioned improved finances, and 75 percent saw care benefits.
Designing for Multi-Gen
Builders are ready to join this growing trend. Some have begun offering two master suites, a den or family room that can be converted, and other flexible space that can change with family needs.
Universal design features such as wider hallways and doors, good lighting, and little to no steps work for a baby stroller or a wheelchair.
What do you think about the multigenerational housing trend? Is it here to stay?