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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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Is Your Home Ready for Multigenerational Living? | Raleigh Homes

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. 

   Multigenerational Living | Raleigh New Homes

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.

Multigenerational Living | Raleigh New Homes

See the floor plans for this multigenerational home, here.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Entrance

Multigenerational Living | Raleigh Homes

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:

Multigenerational Living | Raleigh Homes

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.

Multigenerational Living | Raleigh Homes

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.

Multigenerational Living | Raleigh Homes

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.

Mother in Law Homes - Photo Galleries of MIL Homes

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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