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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.

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.

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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). 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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How to Build a Multi-Generational Home:

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

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



 

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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

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 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

Top 3 Multigenerational House Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home

 

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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Multigenerational Floor Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home in NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 15:01 PM

Multigenerational Floor Plans

NC Multigenerational Floor Plans

The demand for new homes with multigenerational living and mother in law suites continues to rise in 2013.

Bring us your floor plan or just your ideas, and we’ll help create the environment you need for your unique situation.

Get started here with multi generational floor plan favorites

Families with extended needs are often looking for a plan they think doesn’t exist.

Tell us about it.

We’ll listen to your ideas and design and build a multigenerational home just for you.

Here's one of the most popular new multigenerational floor plan designs we offer. Let us know what you like best about it!

 

Multigenerational Floor Plans | Build a Multigenerational Home in NC

 

The Harriet is a popular multigenerational floor plan: 

3,327 square feet

4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths

The Harriet is a one story floor plan.

 

 

 

 

 

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 - Large master suite with oversized walk in closet

 - Kitchen open to great room

 - Mudroom

 - Optional outdoor living fireplace

 - Den

 - Private bathroom for every bedroom

 - Completely separate Apartment/Mother in Law Suite with private vaulted living room, kitchenette and bath (there's even an option for a fireplace!)

 

 

 

 

 


Click link or picture to see this new Multigenerational Floor Plan!

Get more ideas for how we can design your multigenerational home here:

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Bring us your floor plan or ask us for more ideas - we'll show you want we can do for you, to find, modify, design and build a custom home you’ll love to live in.

The Harriet is copyright Alan Mascord Design Associates.

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Raleigh Multigenerational Homes | New Floor Plan Added

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

New Floor Plan | Raleigh Multigenerational Home Builder

Looking for a multigenerational home in the Raleigh area?  Stanton Homes offers complete design/build services in a wide variety of budgets, and works with families to design multigenerational homes that meet their exact needs.

Here's a brand new floor plan just added:

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3135 Sq Ft

5 bedrooms, 4 baths

  • Upstairs Master Suite includes Sitting Room, Exercise Room, and Huge Closet

  • Open Island Kitchen

  • Oversized Laundry

  • Formal Living Room OR Office

  • Mother In Law Suite with Private Sitting Room

  • 3 Car Garage


Click link or picture to see this new Multigenerational Floor Plan!

Get more ideas for how we can design your multigenerational home here:

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Bring us your floor plan or ask us for more ideas - we'll show you want we can do for you, to find, modify, design and build a custom home you’ll love to live in.


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*Floor plan copyright Architect and Stanton Homes.  All rights reserved.

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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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Raleigh Two Master Suite Homes | Two Master Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

Raleigh Two Master Suite Homes

Floor Plan Design Trends

Looking for a new home with two master suites?  The Aycliffe is one of the custom designs we've created for homebuyers who need an extra master suite.   A second master bedroom can be terrific for a multi-generational household, or perfect for long term guests. 

The Aycliffe* - Two Master Suite Home Available in Raleigh

3,101 Sq ft - 4 Bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms

Two Master Suite Home - Floor Plan Design

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Here's how Stanton Homes modified the Aycliffe into a two master suite home:


- Add full master suite bath with corner shower

- Add soaking tub with two windows for plenty of natural light

- Add his and hers walk-in-closets with wrap-around shelving

- Add separate his-and-hers vanities

 

 

 

Don't see a dual master suite home that works for you?  Let Stanton Homes know what you're looking for, and we'll help you design a dual master home that's perfect for you.   Here are some more ideas:

More Design/Build Home Plans with Two Master Suites:



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Stanton Homes Dual master suite baths include special features like:

  • Corner showers
  • Separate rooms for the commode
  • His-and-hers vanities
  • Oversized his-and-hers walk-in-closets
  • Luxury bath features - see tub surround tile options
  • Spacious rooms
  • Choice of specialty ceiling styles, including vaulted ceilings.


More Dual Master Suite Custom Home Options

Learn the questions to ask before building a Multi Generational home.

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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