About 1/6th of the population – more than 51 million Americans now live in multigenerational households. Since the Great Recession hit in 2007, the prevalence of multigenerational households has increased 10%. Here we explore the economic, demographic, and other reasons why multigenerational housing is so popular these days.
Multigenerational Homes: Yesterday & Today
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition, a multigenerational family has more than two generations living under one roof.
Before World War 2, it was common for multiple generations to share one home. Gls returning from World War 2, however, were attracted to suburban single-family homes. Multigenerational housing bottomed out in the early 1980s, but it has enjoyed increasing popularity since then.
Benefits of Multigenerational Home Plans
Today’s families initially choose multigenerational housing for its economic benefits; they often stick with multigenerational home plans for other unanticipated benefits.
75% say caring for older generations
82% say closer connection with family members
+12.5% say free childcare (Grandparents providing live-in grandchildren)
Dissecting a Typical Multigenerational Home
House plans designed for multiple generations or with in-law suites include more private areas for independent living such as small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and even multiple living areas.
Below is The Vidabelo home plan with important elements of its multigenerational design outlined.
Included Features of Multigenerational House Plans