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What to Keep in Mind When Building a Multigenerational Custom Home

October 12, 2021

When starting the process of building a multigenerational custom home, you have to be intentional in all of the decisions you make regarding the design. At Weston Dean Custom Homes, we’re here to help you with this process to ensure that all of your family members feel comfortable and at home in your future house. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind when creating your new multigenerational custom home. 

Prioritize Bedrooms Before Flex Rooms 

Flex rooms have become a must for new home designs over the past year. They’re practical for office spaces, home gyms or anything else you’d like to include in your house. Before starting to think about flex room ideas, though, make sure you have enough space for bedrooms. There are certain qualifications that need to be met in order for a room to be considered a bedroom, and it’s much easier to later turn a bedroom into a spare room in the future if you’d like to.

Accessibility in an Open Concept Design

The open floor concept design is both aesthetically pleasing and incredibly practical for multigenerational homes. When you bring the open concept into hallways, you allow the possibility of adding in railings if need be or ensuring that there is enough space for a wheelchair to easily move throughout the house. Having a wide staircase is another way that you can build for the present while allowing the possibility to add in a lift chair, if needed, in the future. The key is to think ahead on your design concepts, and if you never end up needing to add in these aspects, you’ll still have a beautiful open home floor plan that is welcoming for your entire family.

Creating Bedrooms on Multiple Floors

Adding bedrooms to various floors in your home can help create a greater sense of privacy for each member of your family. While living together as a family is a sought after concept to ensure that you can spend quality time together whenever you want, it’s also important to have time to yourself when you need it. Having bedrooms in different areas of the house is one way to do this, and it also helps ensure that you have a few bedrooms on the main floor, to accommodate family members that may have trouble getting upstairs. 

Extra Entrances

When you live with a larger number of people it’s inevitable that there will be different schedules for everyone. This is one of the main reasons why having a variety of entrances is something that you can look into when planning your home design. Although this is a practical design to accommodate those who have to get out of the door early versus those who have late night schedules, it’s also a way to promote personal independence for all of your family members by giving everyone a better sense of privacy and freedom. 

Space for Time Together

Although it’s important to have your own personal space in any home, the main purpose of a multigenerational build is that it allows you to live and grow together as a family. That’s why it’s important to create spaces where everyone can gather throughout the day. This can be a large dining room area where you spend each night sharing a meal together or an outdoor patio designed to spend weekend summer mornings enjoying the fresh air and conversation. 

Whatever ideas you have for your multigenerational custom home, we’d love to hear from you. Our business was created to help families realize their ideal home, so contact us today to start your custom home build in the San Antonio area.

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