Merged family living is rising with one of the largest generations in the USA; Baby Boomers are aging and still active. This generation ranges between the ages of 59 to 77, and demographers estimate there will be 71 million living in the U.S. in 2023. Their spending power is around $2.6 trillion, and fifty-six percent of this group of people still support their children. Lastly, 10,000 Boomers retire daily, meaning they are planning for their leisure years. So, why all the stats? This generation is contracting many home remodeling projects. They are adding onto their homes and moving into the additions allowing their children’s families to occupy the family home. Some buy houses with their married children to help with expenses and move into basement in-law apartments.
In this post, we will share a bright, beautiful basement in-law apartment now occupied by Boomers in one of their children’s homes stationed there to help care for the grandchildren. Also, the living arrangement allows them to enjoy a carefree life of travel without the responsibility of home upkeep. Many, like the couple living in this apartment, have secondary homes they can enjoy whenever they choose to get away.
What is multigenerational housing? Imagine the Waltons. For those of you who are too young to remember this family television series, we will define it. Multigenerational households include two or more adult generations or a “skipped generation,” consisting of grandparents and their grandchildren younger than 25. Most consist of at least two adult generations – for example, young adults living with their parents, parents residing in their adult children’s homes, or a grandparent or adult child under one roof. In March 2021, 59.7 million U.S. residents lived with multiple generations under one roof, compared with 58.4 million in 2019. The share of the U.S. population living in multigenerational households in 2021 was 18%. For the most part, adults living in multigenerational households say this has been a positive experience. At least half say their arrangement is often convenient and rewarding. (Pew Research)
Beautiful and Functional Basement Apartment
This home had already experienced a remodel some time ago to incorporate an in-law apartment in the basement. Everything was dated and did not live up to the desired style of our homeowners. Home Interiors By Design created an interior design plan for the grandparents’ bright and beautiful living space. Though incorporated into their children’s home, they have a separate entrance and all the amenities of an upscale apartment. This couple even enjoys an outdoor living space to view the lushly landscaped backyard.
Choosing to create an open floor plan offering plenty of room for entertaining. The many windows bring abundant natural light, dispelling the usual dark and dank basement atmosphere. The kitchen, living room, and dining area are incorporated into an open-concept design but separated strategically to give the look and feel of three separate living areas. This couple also has an independent study for quiet contemplation or a home office—and many amenities, such as a roomy pantry, laundry room, gas fireplace, and guest bedroom.
Basement Bedroom EnSuite
Since this basement is 2100 square feet, the apartment dwellers have a separate and privately located bedroom en suite. The en suite includes a large bedroom with a sitting area, a bathroom with double vanity, a makeup area, and a large floor-to-ceiling tiled walk-in shower.
A guest bed and bath are available for visiting family and friends on the opposite side of the apartment. The study or home office is in this same area, allowing guests to have a separate living space. Not many in-law apartments offer such amenities, especially in a basement. Nothing about this apartment speaks to being in a basement. It gives the couple a pleasant place in which to enjoy retirement.
Most apartment dwellers would love to enjoy this basement apartment. The family has the opportunity to share life helping one another. Yet, they can retire to their own beautiful separate spaces. Retired parents can help their children raise their families, and the children can be there for the parents as they age. It is a win-win for all involved, and we can help you enjoy this opportunity to share life with your family too.
Photos of Basement Apartment
Another In Law Apartment
Also, see this homeowner’s garage, which they converted into a large, comfortable in-law apartment. Call us so we can design your personal living space or an in-law apartment to meet your family’s needs.