Washington DC Custom Home Building
According to the Census Bureau, 4.4 million U.S. homes had three generations or more living in the same home in 2010. “Doubled-up households” have grown tremendously (10.7 percent) from 19.7 million households in 2007 to 21.8 million households by the spring of 2011. (Doubled-up households include an extra, non-student, adult who isn’t a partner or spouse but lives in the house.) Multi-generations living in one home is becoming so popular that custom home builders in Washington DC are designing homes for this target market.
Custom home builders in Washington DC have been replacing family rooms with floor plans that include a guest suite complete with a kitchenette. Other home builders are redesigning one of the two-car garages to create extra space inside the home so that the floor plan can accommodate a guest room. Some two-story homes are being designed with double master suites and two kitchens. Privacy is a big issue, and so is accessibility. Universal design products – built for maximum usability by people of all ages and abilities – increase accessibility in multigenerational homes.
Sometimes when different generations live together, it can be a blessing and save money in many ways. While the cost of a house custom designed for multigenerational living is the same as any home of equal square footage, its proponents point out that with several generations paying one mortgage, the financial burden may actually be less. Caring for aging parents is a huge issue, and a design that allows aging in place is a lot less expensive than paying for retirement housing or professional care-giving environments.
When discussing custom home building for multi-generations, it’s important to have many conversations about the challenges, benefits, needs, and even when and where each family member will get space and time alone. Hanlon Design Build, custom builders in Washington DC, can take feedback and input from everyone, and develop a design that will meet everyone’s needs – now, and as people age.
Specializing in high-end remodeling, renovations and custom home designs, the experienced team at Hanlon Design Build will make your dreams of building a custom home in Washington DC come true. Please call your custom home builders, Hanlon Design Build, today at: 202-244-2942.
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