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10 Multigenerational Homes [With MultiGen Floor Plan Layouts]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jun 01, 2015 @ 07:06 AM

10 Ways to Build a Modern Multigenerational House

Existing multigenerational and mother in law suite home plans - also called mother in law suite home plans - can be difficult to find.

Below are 10 multigenerational home plan options, ready to build in North Carolina. Let us know what layouts, designs, and features you like most. We’ll listen to your ideas to design and build a multigenerational home just for your family.

Get the 6 Things to Think About Before Choosing Your Next Home (and 5 bonus aging in place floor plans not included in this post).

Read more about multi-gen homes in these articles:

How to Choose a Multigenerational House Plan:

What floor plan options, features, and layout components are considered most important for multigenerational living arrangements?

  1. A balance of private and shared spaces. Private spaces can include entrances, living areas, kitchens, dining areas, and even separate home offices.
  2. Aging in Place or Universal Design. Read more about aging in place features, here.
  3. Direct or private access to the laundry room. Laundry rooms with multiple entrances - in a "buddy" style - can allow extended stay guests direct access to the washer and dryer.
  4. Distance between private quarters. Multigenerational designs can emphasize space separation with a basement or second floor suite.

Multi-Generational Home Plan #1: Above Garage Studio Suite

3,333 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Hartford -- an Alan Mascord floor plan -- offers a separate studio suite over the garage.  The studio has a private entrance through an exterior staircase.


 The main floor offers an island kitchen open to the great room, home office, and mudroom style laundry.


Multi-Generational Home Plan #2: Extra Suite on the First Floor

3,275 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths.

This multigenerational design - an Atlanta Plan Source and Stanton Homes floor plan - is a traditional style house plan with a full guest or mother in law suite on the first floor.

The first floor quarters are accessible from main living area (with an optional exterior entrance).




Special floor plan features include:

  • First floor mother in law suite with private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access
  • Gourmet kitchen with island and butler's pantry
  • Second floor master suite with private deck, exercise room, and closet with cabinet island

Multi-Generational Home Plan #3: Elevator to Second Floor Suite

3,184 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

This multigenerational house plan - a Stanton Homes floor plan - includes an elevator leading to the second story multigenerational suite.




Special floor plan features include:

  • Wheelchair accessible floor plan designed for aging in place
  • Open concept kitchen with vaulted living room
  • Media room or optional 5th bedroom

Multi-Generational Home Plan #4: Apartment with Separate Living on Lower Level

3,718 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 2.5 Bathrooms.

This multigenerational house plan -- by Max Fulbright -- is a Cottage style house plan.

The basement level -- designed for a mountain or sloped lot -- offers the option of a living room with wet bar, bedroom, bath, and private storage.




Special floor plan features include:

  • Island kitchen open to informal dining
  • Laundry room next to the master bedroom
  • Separate mudroom leading to the garage

Multi-Generational Home Plan #5: Cottage Style Apartment

3,327 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 4.5 Bathrooms.

This multigenerational home plan -- design by Alan Mascord -- is another example of a cottage style home.

The multi-gen living space -- an apartment style living space -- is completely separate from main dwelling. This Mother in Law Suite offers a private vaulted living room, kitchenette and bath (there's even an option for a fireplace). 









Special floor plan features include:

  • Large master suite with oversized walk in closet
  • Kitchen open to great room
  • Mudroom
  • Optional outdoor living fireplace
  • Den
  • Private bathroom for every bedroom












Multi-Generational Home Plan #6: Main Floor Private Living

3,716 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

This version of The Greenhaven - home plan by Stanton Homes - offers a full multigenerational suite (living room, bedroom, and accessible bath) on the first floor.

This multigenerational space has a private entrance from the side of the home.



Special floor plan features include:

  • Accessible features in the in-law suite
  • Peninsula kitchen with raised eating bar
  • Walk-up 3rd floor office
  • Formal dining room with wainscoting paneling
  • Full-length front porch and rear screen porch
  • Dual staircase
  • Side entry garage

Multi-Generational Home Plan #7: First Floor Guest Suite

3,664 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Foresman -- an Alan Mascord floor plan -- offers flexible, open concept living. In addition to the first floor master, a private guest suite accommodates extended stay guests on the opposite end of the floor plan.


The first floor guest suite separated from main floor master has an optional separate door to the buddy bath. With a few easy floor plan adjustments -- such as removing the hallway access door and expanding the vanity -- a custom home builder can re-arrange this guest bathroom into a more private space.


Multi-Generational Home Plan #8: Two Master Bedrooms

2,436 Sq Ft. 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.

The Faucett -- copyright Frank Betz -- has two master suite, on the first and second floors.



Special floor plan features include:

  • Two master bedrooms with his and her vanities, soaking tubs, walk in closets
  • Island kitchen open to the breakfast room
  • Two story foyer with second story overlooks
  • Formal dining room
  • Bonus room




Multi-Generational Home Plan #9: Two Master Suites with Separate Guest Suite

The Dennison -- copyright Alan Mascord -- has two master suites (one on the first floor, one on the second floor) plus a separate guest suite

4408 Sq Ft. 5 Bedrooms. 4.5 Bathrooms.


Each master suite has a tile shower, soaking tub, walk in closet, and vaulted ceiling. The first floor master has private access to outdoor living spaces (and the optional hot tub). The second floor master is more secluded from main living areas.



Multi-Generational Home Plan #10: Two Master Suites on First Floor

The Vidabelo offers two master suites, both on the first floor.

3084 Sq Ft. 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths.



Special floor plan feature include:

  • Two master bedrooms with his and hers bathrooms
  • Island kitchen open to the great room
  • Two outdoor living spaces, a vaulted porch off the great room and patio off the first master suite
  • Built-in storage
  • Mudroom / laundry room combination



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5 Questions Every Home Buyer Should Ask - Multi-Gen Raleigh Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 15:06 PM

Must Asks for Multi Generational Living Home Plans


Looking for a multi generational home in the Raleigh area? We expect to see the continued requests for multi generational homes in the 2014 and 2015 home buying markets.

Multi generational homes are those designed for extended families sharing space, either for extended visits or permanently.

Multi generational homes are also called in law homes, mother in law homes, dual living homes, extended family homes, and homes with "lock out" areas.


If your family is considering the option of multi-generational living, here are some questions to consider:

1. How can our multi generational home balance privacy with shared spaces and activities?

One way to ensure privacy is to have a private door from the mother in law or extended stay guest bedroom to a major living area.

This gives direct access to living areas through a private "lock out" bedroom.

While lock out areas are becoming more common, many multi generational homes feature a sitting room or living room within the separate bedroom wing.

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

2. Which spaces or features will we need to add, to accommodate additional family?

In addition to bedrooms and baths, consider which of these spaces - common in multi generational homes - that you may want to include: private entrances, living areas, kitchens, dining areas, and even separate home offices

See an example in the photo below. This mother in law suite has a sitting room and private access French door to outdoor living spaces. 

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

3. Kitchens can be one of the most expensive rooms in the home (along with the master suite and bathroom). If your multi generational home will need a second kitchen, does it need to be full-sized? Or would a more modest "morning" kitchen (with small refrigerator, sink, and microwave) be more appropriate? 


4. How flexible will your outdoor areas (yards, decks, patios, balconies, screen rooms, etc.) be? Will you share or divide the space?

In this home, the master suite features a private balcony. The screen room below remains a shared outdoor living space - providing plenty of private space and flexibility in one home plan design.

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living

5. Will I need to build in accessibility, aging in place, or Universal Design features?

When sharing spaces, it may be important to you to have such features built in discretely.

Make sure to ask your home builder which features provide the greatest usability for the lowest cost.

In this kitchen, the spaces are wheelchair accessible. Plenty of lighting - a Universal Design feature - makes the kitchen easy to navigate.

Multi-Generational Homes | Multi Generational Living


Here are a few examples of multi generational home plans:

The Cainsville

The Skylar

The Harriet

The Hayfield

Tour six of our most popular multigenerational home plans, designed with mother in law suites and extended-stay guest quarters.      


The Maple Lane (3,275 sq ft) is a full brick multigenerational home with five bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath. The mother in law suite offers private bath, sitting room, and outdoor living access.    

The Dugan (3,184 sq ft) is a fully accessible mother in law suite home plan with first floor master and elevator to the second story.

The Woodlake (3,626 sq ft) is a contemporary one story home with mother in law suite, two island kitchen, and detached garage.    

The Greenhaven (3,716 sq ft) offers a mother in law suite with private living room. This multigenerational home has a third floor office, and accessible bathrooms.

 The Chalet Vert (2,707 sq ft) is an open concept two story home with main floor mother in law suite with private bathroom and walk in closet.   

The Newberry (3,223 sq ft) has a first floor mother in law suite with sitting room. This home's efficient design leaves plenty of space for multigenerational families.  


Raleigh Multigenerational Homes - The Yorkville

Top 3 Multigenerational Home Plans in Raleigh, North Carolina

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