Multi generational living

multi generational living: garden room

Rewind to days past and it was not uncommon for multiple generations to be living under one roof. Fast forward to today and multi generational living is back and on the rise.  More and more adult children live at home to save for their first home– the average first time buyer is 32. Elderly parents are moving in, due to the often-prohibitive cost of care homes. The average cost of care home in Hertfordshire is just under £40k per year. 

The trouble is, our houses aren’t usually built for that many people, especially nowadays where we all crave our own little bit of space and everyone wants an en-suite bathroom! There’s no need to panic though as there are options to help carve out more space. In addition to regular extensions and loft conversions, we are seeing more and more people opt for creating self-contained extensions or garden annexes.

Self-contained extensions

Whether you convert your garage or add on an extension, a self-contained ‘granny annexe’ is a great option if you like your own space but want your family member to be nearby. You can create a separate entranceway which leads into either a studio-style space or if space permits, a much bigger space with defined rooms.  This is an excellent option for elderly parents who still want to feel independent.

Garden annexes

Garden annexes generally consist of just a bedroom and en-suite, though if you have enough land, it’s worth considering planning permission for a separate property. Down the line you can sell off the property, recouping your costs and even making a profit.

Some clients have created a garden annex just for extra living room space. This way, adult children have their own space to invite over their friends and entertain without impacting on your space or feeling like they must ask permission… at 30! Others move their home office into a garden room so that a bedroom can once again be used for its original purpose.

Items to consider

Before deciding which approach to go with, it’s worth thinking about how long-term you think your multi generational living will be and what will work best in terms of co-existing under one roof (or one plot of land). Planning permission could be a factor in helping you decide which route to take.

There are many options to make multi generational living work. Not sure where to start? Talk to us as we have experience in creating all types of spaces.

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