Living together under one roof is the way in which many families have lived for many years. Some families stayed together for financial growth and others stayed together because of the comfortability they felt of being close and surrounded by family. This type of living is what many considered multigenerational living.
Multigenerational living often consists of adults, children, grandparents, and even grandkids living under the roof of one home. Specifically in the South, generational living is the way in which many African Americans have become accustomed to this way of living.
Therefore, today I am here to share a few tips, provided by Jessica Cote, design coordinator for New Leaf Builders; located in the Lowcountry of SC, to consider when purchasing a home or creating a home for multigenerational living.
4 Tips for Multigenerational Family Living
Tip #1: Less Is More
Since there is more than just one standard family in a household in these living arrangements; cutting down on decor items and fluff items are ideal. So, instead of hoarding old items in back room closets, take the initiative to go through items to see what you should keep or get rid of. Another way to achieve a “less is more” attitude is by finding items that are multifunctional like your family. Couches that can turn into a pull out couch or tables that are able to downsize for occasions is key.
Tip #2: Outdoor Space Is A Must
The outdoors should be the extended home. Instead of just decorating and entertaining in the interior of your home, use the outdoor space to make family members feel like the area is spacious. Create spots that are places for kids and in laws to enjoy themselves. Basketball goals, swing sets, gardens, or simple yard space is needed for multigenerational home owners. Thinking about adding a fire pit area in the center helps to welcome everyone in on those cold nights.
Tip #3: Large Rooms vs Small Room
Family rooms are what New Leaf Builders suggest we have spacious and open. A space that is wide open and free to roam is what is required for multigenerational homes to function smoothly. Having the ability to do multiple things in the family room is perfect for when the entire family gathers. However, this building company also suggests that bedrooms should be smaller to encourage individuals in these homes to spend more time together.
Tip #4: Storage! Storage! Storage!
A simple way to cut down on clutter and also to add to the “less is more” attitude is by creating places for storage. Whether it’s purchasing outside storage like barnes or placing items that don’t have immediate use in the garage, lets ensure that frequently unused items are stored away. Even putting away winter clothes in the summer is ideal for multigenerational families.
Multigenerational families are your typical loving family, however, they need more ways to live comfortably. Hopefully, these tips motivated by New Leaf Builders help multigene families who want smooth living, convenience, and coziness.3