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Multi Generational and Dual Living House Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 13:07 PM

House Plans with Two Master Bedrooms:

Multi Generational homes are in high demand on the Raleigh NC real estate market, as more families trend towards dual living.

Get answers to top questions about multi generational and dual living house plans, below.

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First of all, what is a dual living house plan?

Architects use several key terms to describe single family home plans designed to accommodate multi family living: in law suite plans, mother in law suite plans, two master plans, and dual living plans.

Each of these plan categories is designed to include private areas for independent living such as small kitchenettes, private bathrooms, multiple living areas or sitting rooms, and private entrances.

While it can be difficult to find a house plan with all the multi generational spaces  you want included, custom home builders can make the adjustments you need. Here's just one example of a Frank Betz floor plan we converted from a guest bedroom into a dual master home: 

Original floor plan for The Hopkins:


Modified floor plan with downstairs mother in law suite:

The in law bedroom, bathroom, and walk in closet are all larger in this version. The formal living room is converted into a home office. The kitchen island is larger in this version, making it easier to share the central space without bumping elbows. The MIL shower can be built as curbless, for long-term accessibility. Finally, the upstairs master bedroom makes each living area feel more separated, private quarters.




What's the difference between house plans with two master bedrooms versus a guest suite?

SIZE. Most often, a second master suite will include an en suite bathroom, larger bedroom, larger or walk in closet, and sometimes a private sitting room or alcove area.

A guest suite may or may not have a private bathroom - sometimes the suite shares a hallway bathroom called a "buddy bath" with two entrances (one from the bedroom and one from the hallway).

Here's some examples of these additional MIL spaces:



You'll want to consider keeping the in-law suite on the first floor, and master bedroom on the second floor, as in this version of the Maple Lane house plan. An upstairs master bedroom will put the parents up with the kids, which works well and gives the grandparents their own privacy.

A basement location for the in law suite is another great option, if your lot is well suited. Here's an example of a basement home with private Mother in Law kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and living room:


How do you know if you can build a basement home on your lot? Ask Stanton Homes for a lot assessment - many North Carolina home sites are not well suited for a basement home. Why not? We'll give you all the details specific to your lot, when we take a quick tour.

How are multi generational homes different than a duplex or multi-family housing?

Multi generational homes are typically single structures that include separate, yet connected, living spaces. Although the terms are similar, multi-family dwellings refer to buildings with separate housing units, such as an appartment complex. A duplex is a single building with separated homes that share a structural wall.

Here are some examples of homes with two master bedrooms - with photo tours:

Learn more about Multi Generational House Plans, here.



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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 - Home Plans with InLaw Suites

InLaw Suite Custom Homes - Home Plans with In Law Suites - Floor Plans with In Law Suites - 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:

NC Mother in Law Builders | Mother In Law Suite Homes | Mother In Law Suite Floor Plans Mother in Law Floor Plans | Mother In Law Suite Homes | Mother In Law Suite Floor Plans MIL Suite Homes | Homes wtih Mother in Law Bedroom | Homes with MIL Suite


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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