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Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 07:12 AM

7 Tips for Multigenerational Home Design

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What are 7 must-have design features for multigenerational living?  Many must-haves allow each generation to maintain private, dedicated living spaces. Others features make aging in place easier.

See what Raleigh home buyers are including, in their custom multi-gen homes.

1. Private Bathrooms

Homes with a guest suite (or two master bedrooms) often incorporate an indispensable feature of multigenerational living: a reserved, private bathroom.

While guest, mother in law, and second master bathrooms are typically smaller than master bathrooms, they can feature upscale designs such as tile tub surrounds, large his and her vanities, and separate toilet rooms. 

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Find two master bedroom floor plans here.

And see photos of guest suite quarters in these Raleigh custom homes.

2. Private Kitchenette

One of the most requested - and expensive - multi-gen features is a private Kitchenette for mom and dad.

What's the difference between a kitchen and Kitchenette?

Square footage and appliances (number, type) are two primary features distinguishing a kitchen and Kitchenette.

Multigenerational Living | Raleigh New Homes

This basement mother in law design offers a single-wall kitchenette equipped with a refrigerator, sink, microwave, lots of cabinet space, and convenient wall plugs placed for a coffee maker and other essential appliances.

A tile floor stretches from the kitchen into the bathroom and storage room, making it easier to keep the dedicated kitchen space clean. (Another private bathroom is attached to the bedroom suite, just past the living room.)

3. Independent Living Room

A separate living space - living room, sun room, or sitting room - offers independent space for each generation to work and play at home.

In this Raleigh custom home, double French doors separate the bedroom and living room, which has direct access to outdoor living spaces.

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See the floor plans for this multigenerational home, here.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Entrance

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A private entrance allows family and friends to come and go without disturbing the household.

 

In this Raleigh home, a private entrance offers access to outdoor living spaces (a concrete patio and screen room).

The door on the left leads to the great room. The door on the right leads to the extended stay guest suite.

 

5. Access to Laundry Room

Laundry rooms with multiple entrances - in a "buddy" style - allow extended stay guests direct access to the washer and dryer.

In this version of The Dunston, adapted from The Rosemore Place by Frank Betz, Stanton Homes made a few home-owner requested modifications:

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These custom modifications, including an expanded keeping room with door-only access and an additional door to the laundry room, transformed shared spaces into a private wing of the home.

6. Entire Living Spaces on Separate Floors

Multigenerational designs can emphasize space separation with a basement or second floor suite.

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In this version of The Dugan, a mother in law suite extends throughout the entire second floor. An elevator (added with future use in mind) extends accessibility to the space.

 

7. Adapted features, wheelchair accessibility, Universal Design

From roll-under and reduced height counter tops and sinks to easy grip cabinet pulls and maximum lighting for increased visibility, multigenerational kitchens can include a range of adapted, accessible, and universal features.

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What features should I look for in an accessible home? Learn more about wider hallways, entry ways, turning radius capability, non-slip flooring, ramps, and other basic requirements.

More Information - and Photos - of Multigenerational Living Homes

Separate apartments, guest suites, and mother in law quarters are a common element in today's custom homes. If you can't find a plan that has what you need, we can show you more multigenerational living floor plans - just ask us for more ideas.

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How do I find an in law suite floor plan? - Add extended guest quarters to your floor plan

Accessible home photo galleries - see inside Raleigh wheelchair accessible homes

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What does a Raleigh mother in law suite floor plan look like?

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jul 02, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

Raleigh mother in law suite floor plans

Mother in law home video and photo gallery

The Dugan | Fully accessible mother in law home

Privacy and comfort are just the starting point when you're designing a home with an extended guest retreat.

Whether you'd prefer a simple bedroom and bath, dual master suites, some living area, or an entire apartment, your custom builder's ability to be flexible can make a huge impact.

When you work with one of the nation's top builders, like Stanton Homes, you can almost design it yourself, with the help of your personal design team – a service we provide as part of your custom home package, along with lots of other “extras” including the ecoHOME energy saving advantage.

We work with plans from virtually every architect, but there's something so special about mother-in-law suites that we always end up creating something different.

Take the video tours by clicking on the pictures, below. Get ideas. And talk to us about what we can do, just for you.

This version of the Dugan includes:

Homes with an in law suite 

 

 - 3,184 sq ft

 - 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

 - Full accessibility

 

 

 

What does a mother in law suite look like? Homes with an in law suite

 

 - Entire 2nd floor

An elevator was included in this version of the Dugan.

 

 

 Watch a video tour of this home - click here or the photo.

 

 

 

This version of Le Chalet Vert includes:

Homes with an in law suiteWhat does a mother in law suite look like? Homes with an in law suite

- 2707 sq ft

- First floor mother in law suite (the home owners converted the "Den/Bedroom 4" into an in law suite with private bath and walk in closet)

- 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

- Gourmet kitchen with TWO islands, TWO sinks, wine refrigerator, custom tile backsplash

This version of The Woodlake includes:

What does a mother in law suite look like? Homes with an in law suite

  - 3626 sq ft

  - First floor mother in law suite

  - 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

  - Detached 3 car garage with second story bonus room, secondary bathroom

  - Private in law wing - set away from the master bedroom and kitchen

 

 

 

What does a mother in law suite look like? Homes with an in law suite

 

 

In this version of the Woodlake, the home owner wanted to create a distinct space for an in law suite.

Another version of this home could create an even more private area with a few simple changes - by moving the closet to a different wall, opening up the family room and bedroom, and adding a door to the hallway.

This would create an in law suite with private bathroom and living room.

 

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This version of Greenhaven includes:

What does a mother in law suite look like? Homes with an in law suite

  - 3716 sq ft

  - First floor mother in law suite with private entrance from the exterior, fully accessible with ramp

  - 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

  - Large kitchen open to breakfast room and family room

  - Third floor office

What does a mother in law suite look like? Homes with an in law suite

This version of the Greenhaven includes an in law suite with living room and master suite style bathroom.

Accessible features were incorporated into this in law bathroom, including a roll under counter and roll in shower.

 

 

 

 

Here’s how to make it happen:

Start by bringing us a floor plan from any architect or floor plan source. Or ask us to find one for you. We’ll use our vast search resources to find floor plans you like – and then we’ll work with you to make them perfect.

Stanton Homes designs most of the mother in law plans we build, because everyone’s needs are unique.

These mother in law suite homes can be designed to include anything you need – such as adapted features or fully accessible design - with a second master bedroom with a private bathroom and large closet, and optional living room, kitchenette, and private entrances.

Our in-house design work comes included in our custom home packages, at no extra cost to our homebuyers.

Tell us the elements you like best, and we’ll give you some great ideas to think about for your own mother in law quarters (and the rest of your custom home.)

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Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Top 3 Luxury Multigenerational House Plans

Build a Multigenerational Home

We expect to see the more requests for multigenerational and mother in law suite homes.

Multigenerational house plans - also called mother in law suite homes - can be difficult to find. Below are our top 3 multigenerational homes. Let us know what layouts, designs, and features you like most. We’ll listen to your ideas and design and build a multigenerational home just for you.

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans #1: Apartment over the garage

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This first multigenerational design - an Alan Mascord floor plan - is a colonial style multigenerational house plan.

This home is 6,679 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths, and one half bath.

 

 

 

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Special floor plan features include:

 - A two bedroom apartment over the garage

 - Full length front porch

 - First floor office, sunroom, club room, and kids room

 - Second floor library

 While this home is very large, the concept of having a separate apartment over the garage definitely hits the Top 3 Multigenerational Living list.


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 The second floor master suite with sitting room is a 2013 design trend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans #2: Dual master design

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

This next multigenerational design - also by Alan Mascord - is a European country style house plan.

This home is 6,847 square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths, and one half bath.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 This home features two master suites - one on the first and second floor.

Additional popular floor plan features include: 

 - Separate laundry and mudroom

 - Kitchen with island designed for seating

 - Multiple living and bonus room areas

 - Tons of storage space, with walk in closets, nooks, and cabinets

 - Angled garage

 

 

 

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This floor plan also includes a master suite with sitting room and second story porch!

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans #3: Guest suite  design

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This last multigenerational design by Alan Mascord is a French country style house plan with guest suite.

"Guest suite floor plan" is another name for multigenerational
style homes.

This home is 5,279 square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths.

  

 

 Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 This home features a first floor guest suite and second floor master suite.

Additional popular floor plan features include:

 - Huge island kitchen open to great room

 - Formal dining with fireplace

 - Second floor games room and library

 

 

 

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

This home is perfect for part time or long term live-in guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get started here with - find more multigenerational house plans online.

Or tell us what you’re looking for. We’ll search our vast databanks and email you more ideas. We have access to tens of thousands of plans from virtually every architect and floor plan source.


 

*Floorplans and exterior renditions are Copyright Alan Mascord & Associates.  Used with permission. 

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Growing Demand for In-Law Suite Homes Raleigh

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Feb 02, 2012 @ 08:02 AM

Multigenerational In-Law Suite Homes in Raleigh, NC

Growing Demand for In-Law Suite Homes

 

According to the Pew Research Center, the prevalence of the multi-generational American family household is growing - and has been for over 30 years. Here is what the national research center has to say: 

 - As of 2008, 49 million Americans In-law New Homes(16.1% of the total U.S. population) lived in a multi-generational household.

 - 23.2 million (or 47%) of these Americans are in households with two adult generations (parents or in-laws and adult children at least 25 years old).

 - 23.1 million (or 47%) are in households with three or more generations (grandparents, parents, and children). 

 - 2.8 million (or 6%) are in households with a grandparent and grandchild (but no parent).

The growth of the multi-generational family household has also lead to a greater demand for in-law suite new homes, which plan for additional adults to share living space on a temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent basis. 

Adding a full mother in law suite or apartment is a great way for multi-generational families to be comfortable – and a second suite can add value to your investment.

In-law suite home styles

In-Law Suite HomesThere are several types of in-law suite homes, designed to meet a variety of needs.

 - A bedroom with a full bath attached.

 - A bedroom with a sitting room near a full bath.

 - A small "apartment" which may have a bedroom and a living room/kitchenette combination.

 - A suite with a separate entrance.

Choosing which in-law suite to build - What is your budget?

Questions to ask before building a Multi Generational home

Adding a full attached bathroom to a downstairs bedroom can add some cost.  If your septic permit only allows a certain number of bedrooms - you may need to pay for an expanded system, which can add 25-75% to the septic cost. 

describe the imageAn additional full bath can add at least several thousand to the cost of the home, depending on whether you prefer tile and premium cabinets, or a more typical vinyl floor and fiberglass tub.  It's more typical to see a half bath downstairs. 

But the cost of adding a full suite with kitchenette can be significant.  There will be kitchen appliances, plumbing, countertops, lots of cabinets, and simply the cost of the additional square footage to consider.  And keep in mind, you may not get the cost of the kitchenette back when you go to sell your home - unless you are building at a luxury level and can market the rooms as a "Nanny living suite" - which is another great use for an In-Law Suite. 

Where do I go to find in-law suite floor plans?

Here are some places to start looking for home plans with different varieties of in-law suites:

Stanton Homes - Homes with Mother In Law SuitesIn-Law Suite Homes

Dual Master Suite Floor Plans

FrankBetz.com - Home Plans with InLaw Suites

InLaw Suite Custom Homes

WestHomePlanners.com - Home Plans with In Law Suites

EPlans.com - Floor Plans with In Law Suites

DesignBasics.com - Floor Plans with In Law Suites

 

Customize a Floor Plan to Add a MIL Suite

If you can't find the perfect floor plan, talk to a custom home builder that offers design/build services

Stanton Homes is a full service design/build Raleigh custom home builder, and can expand a bathroom, add a separate entrance, add more closet space, or even convert a third car garage into a full suite.

Ask us for a building cost estimate - we'll work with you to determine the specific costs for your area, including details specific to your lot or home site.

For example, the Newberry by Stanton Homes is an example of a custom designed home with a first floor bedroom with attached full bath, sitting room, and private entrance.  Click here to read more about the Newberry and for photo tour.

Here just a few custom designed mother in law suite floor plans:


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Read the full Pew Research Center article here.

 

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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