Multigenerational Homes Floor Plans in Charlotte NC - Video
By Evette Champion of HomeLight - How Much Home Can I Afford
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The pandemic has reshaped much of how we live, and it’s very common for several generations to live under one roof. Homebuyers who will have older family members living with them are interested in buying a property that is move-in ready and has functional multigenerational features because that’s one less thing to worry about.
The more functional features a home has, it’s less likely that a buyer would question the home's value. If you have the money to invest in making your home more accessible for older buyers or multigenerational families, here are some of the best functional designs that’ll be worth the listing price.
In the Bathroom
Buyers do not want a poorly designed bathroom, but they also don’t want a bathroom that’s going to be a problem for members of the family. For example, if someone is prone to slipping and falling, things like grab bars by the toilet and tub are essential. For those with mobility issues, higher toilets and walk-in showers are preferred over what is traditionally used in bathrooms.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s the one place where safety and accessibility is paramount. You can add motorized countertops and cabinets, sinks with space underneath for wheelchairs or walkers, and install appliances at accessible heights. You can also add glare-free lighting and task lighting to make sure the kitchen is well-lit for safe cooking and food prep.
Stairs and Doorways
Multigenerational homes should feature doorways that are at least 40-inches wide. This width will allow wheelchairs (or emergency personnel) to get through the door with no problems. Also, homes with more than one story should have safety features like textured treads on the stairs or contrasting banisters. You could also improve the lighting over the stairs in an effort to reduce the chances someone may trip and fall.
It’s not uncommon for people to want to get away from other household members and have some peace and quiet. You can create a quiet room in the house taking the time to choose elements that will absorb sound. This includes carpeting, plush furniture, thick window coverings, and use weather stripping.
Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU)
Families interested in buying a house for multigenerational living may be drawn to properties with additional dwelling units (ADU). ADUs can give someone a sense of privacy and independence while feeling secure in knowing that their loved ones are a few steps away.
ADUs often feature a bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom/living area, but they can be as elaborate as a full-on guest house. Some homes may have an in-law suite which is just a bedroom, and a private bathroom located somewhere in the home that is in a quieter part of the home. Then again, there are some people who have turned the basement or garage into an ADU.
Buyers Want Multigenerational Functionality Features
By 2023, close to 60 million American families are living with multiple generations under the same roof. There is a multitude of reasons why people choose to live this way, so why not try to appeal to as many buyers as possible? These functional features are a great way to tap into that market, for sure!