According to a Pew Research Study, 64 million Americans live in multigenerational households. A multigenerational residence can be an excellent family unification experience. However, as with any uncharted territory, there will be challenges to overcome. Avtec Homes has compiled three tips we believe are essential in making a multigenerational home work for your family.
1. Discuss financial expectations
As your family combines their resources to live in one household, it’s important to communicate. Be sure to share what each family member will be expected to contribute to household expenses. This includes everything from how you will divvy up your mortgage payments to grocery expenses. Being honest and upfront on what each family member can and will contribute avoids misunderstanding after the multigenerational household has already been established.
2. Pick the ideal space
Each family member should be able to contribute to what a suitable living space looks like. Would you rather have oversized shared spaces or large bedrooms? With multiple families living under the same roof, the size and layout of your home are instrumental to harmonious living. Avtec Homes’ Saratoga model home is ideal for a multigenerational household as it includes two spacious master suites. With that, shared living spaces such as the oversized kitchen are perfect for when the whole family wants to gather.
3. Prioritize privacy and boundaries
Although your whole family will live together, it’s important to verbalize boundaries and the importance of privacy. In doing so, tension between one another can be avoided. Each family member, including children, should be aware of the boundaries that are agreed upon. Common boundaries to establish include:
- Knocking before entering any room
- Defining appropriate TV and music volume levels
- Intervening when children misbehave
There isn’t a master plan to hurdle over the roadblocks you may face while transitioning to a multigenerational residence. However, it’s essential to foster effective communication with each member of your family. In doing so, it’ll be easier to navigate challenging moments and help maintain a happy household.