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Make it Private - 12 Ways to Add a Small Apartment into Your New Home for Multi-gen Living

Posted by Stanton Homes on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 @ 08:11 AM

12 Multi-generational New Home Ideas  | Dual Master Floor Plans That can be Modified to Fit Your Lifestyle

Floor plans and photos of multi-gen homes: Ideas for creating separate living quarters in your new custom home from elevators to apartments 

Whether you would like an extended guest suite or small apartment upstairs, downstairs, or in the basement, here are 12 ways to create your multi-gen home that can make everybody happy.

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#1 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout: Living Room, Bedroom and Bath off a private hallway on the main floor

Multi-gen - Greenhaven

This multi-gen home is designed for extended stay guests to spread out in their own personal space with a living room in addition to a large bedroom and bath, accessed off a private hallway on the main floor. The Greenhaven comes with up to 3716 square feet, with up to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. There's also a Family Room and Library downstairs, as well as a Play Room up. The Master Suite and all bedrooms other than the guest suite are upstairs.

#2 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Dual Master Suites - one on each floor


Multi - Barcelona


This custom designed multi-gen home has 4345 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, dual master suites, home theater, office, exercise room, dog room and formal dining. The Barcelona provides spacious private master suites on separate floors, and generous main living areas. The huge chef's kitchen is designed for everyone to share.

#3 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Dual Master Suites on Separate Floors with entire third floor designated as shared entertainment space


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This multi-gen home has 5751 square feet, 4 bedrooms. 4.5 baths. Private master suites in separated areas. Movie set stairway with incredible overlook. Amazing chef's kitchen. Entertainment floor with full bar and fireplace. Cafe style breakfast nook. Massive built-ins. Curved balcony overlook. More than 80 windows. Pet rooms. The Grand Lodge is the ultimate in luxury living for multi-gen families, with something for everyone.

#4 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Guest Suite on the main floor that can be expanded for a more spacious retreat

Multi-gen Statesman

This custom main floor master home starts with 3160 square feet. 4 bedrooms. 4 baths, with a first floor guest suite that is tucked into the opposite corner from the master. The guest suite can be expanded with a sitting room and other elements that add independence.  The Statesman has a vaulted great room that is open to the kitchen that has two islands with lots of wide open space for mingling. There's a bonus room and two en-suite bedrooms on the second floor.

#5 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Mother in Law Suite Downstairs, Master Suite Upstairs




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This custom designed multi-gen home has 4,364 Sq Ft. 5 bedrooms. 4.5 bathrooms. The owner's suite is upstairs and Mom's bedroom suite with a big walk-in closet and private bath is downstairs. Two islands in the kitchen allow for lots of cooks in the kitchen, with easy interactions with whatever is happening in the breakfast, sitting, and keeping room. The Serengeti also has a home office and a prayer room.

#6 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Space to add a small apartment

Multi-gen - Cotswold B


This custom home can have a small apartment inside, with private living quarters! It can have as many as 3550 square feet (with an optional huge bonus room over the great room) with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. Here's where the apartment can go: Take a look at the right side of the main floor. We can re-arrange that entire area to create a bigger bathroom, living room - even a kitchenette.  The Cotswold also has a sunroom that can become a home office. Lots of possibilities, with this popular plan.

#7 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Guest Suite on the main floor 

Multi-gen - Dinsmore

This beautiful Craftsman home was designed for family, starting with up to 3323 square feet, with as many as 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. There's a big bonus room and a loft upstairs. The chef's kitchen has an enormous island. (And you can add an island to the huge master suite closet, too.) A guest suite (which can also be an office) is conveniently placed by the front door, with its own bathroom and a beautiful tiled shower. Can you expand it? Of course! Ask us about all the possibilities.

#8 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Dual Master Suites with a small apartment on the main floor



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The Maple Lane can be as big as 3584 square feet (with the optional bonus room over the great room) with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The small apartment within the home is on the first floor, with a bedroom, sitting room (that can have a kitchenette added) and bathroom - as well as outdoor living access. The Master Suite is on the second floor, with its own sitting room, private Romeo and Juliet deck, huge walk in closet with cabinet island and an adjoining exercise room. 

#9 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Small Apartment in the Basement

Multi-gen - treehouse

A custom home like this can dedicate the entire walk-out basement to a small apartment. The Treehouse has 3611 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. In addition to massive walls of windows to capture natural light, there is a sun room off the kitchen. The basement rendering indicating a gameroom, storage, office and gym can become a living room, kitchenette, bathroom and a couple of bedrooms. As with all small apartments within a home, check with local ordinances, zoning, community covenants and your builder for regulations regarding single family dwellings.

#10 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Upstairs Master Suite. Downstairs bedroom suite. Secret Passageway "Escape Room" for the kids.

Multi-gen - Sawyer

The Sawyer has 3215 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. The Master Suite is upstairs. A spacious downstairs Bedroom Suite with private bath can be connected to an expanded sitting room and the possibility of a small kitchenette in place of the main floor Office. Kids bedrooms can connect through a secret passageway with a play area "escape room" between.

#11 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Flex Space for Whatever You Need it to be


This mult-gen floor plan with 2604 square feet has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths was designed for flexibility. The Owner's Suite is upstairs. The downstairs Dual Master Suite can have additional privacy by expanding the living quarters into the Living Room on the main floor and rearranging the bathroom and entrances. This version of the Hopkins has a 3 Seasons Room with an Outdoor Kitchen.

#12 Multi-gen Floor Plan Layout - Small Apartment on the Second Floor, with Elevator Access


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The Dugan has 3184 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. It can be built with an elevator to the upstairs, like this version, and can also have full accessibility throughout the home as you can see in the photos when you click on the image above. As with all custom homes built by Stanton Homes, we can modify this custom designed home even further to accommodate special needs.



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