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Multi-generational Households: House Plans with In-Law Suites

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Multi-generational Households: House Plans with In-Law Suites

Multi-generational house plans with dedicated in-law suites are a great option for any household that needs to accommodate aging parents, returning college children, or a live-in nanny. Multi-generational households are not a new idea, but are certainly a growing trend.  According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016, a record 64 million people, or 20% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof.   A full house can present its challenges, but will also multiply love.  Here are some examples of layouts to incorporate into your new construction house plan for successful multi-generational living: 

Design an Apartment-Style Suite

Helping an aging family member maintain their independence while ensuring their safety is one of the greatest perks of building a house plan with an in-law suite. The size of the in-law suite can vary depending on the family's desire for privacy and independence.

Additional bedrooms with a private bath are a great option for aging parents, but will offer very little privacy or opportunity to entertain.  Apartment-style in-law suites have become increasingly popular in new construction homes due to the flexibility they offer aging parents. 

Pinecone Trail House Plan

An excellent example of privacy and accessible design can be seen in the Pinecone Trail farm house plan.  This spacious suite located at the rear of the property offers more than 525 square feet of living area including a kitchen, social living room with private French doors out to the patio, 36-inch wide accessible doorway. Additionally, the suite is located conveniently near the garage and utility room for easy access. Be sure to check out the floor plan!

Pinecone Trail Farm House | Multi-generational House Plan

Pepperwood Place House Plan

For multiple years, Archival Designs' Pepperwood Place house plan has proven to be the best selling multi-generational floor plan across the board. This craftsman house plan boasts almost 700 sq. ft. of in-law apartment space with a spacious living room for entertaining, a full kitchen, stacked washer/dryer and impressive 2-way fireplace!  Added perks include private front and rear porches, and convenient access to the apartment suite directly off the garage.

Pepperwood Place | Multi-generaltional House Plan

Adelin House Plan

One of the most extraordinary features of this two-story house plan is the private, barrier-free in-law suite located on the main floor.  The 15x21 suite boasts views to the front of the property and includes a charming covered porch off the side that can be enjoyed in the evenings.  The accessible design of the Adelin European house plan includes 36" wide doorways, a roll-in shower, and roll-under sink for those with limited mobility.  Grandparents can enjoy the privacy of their space while still being in close proximity to the spacious kitchen/family area, laundry room, craft room, and garage.

Adelin House | European House Plan


Abby Glen Castle House Plan

This marvelous castle home plan offers large multi-generational families more space than imaginable!  The Abby Glen Castle house boasts an unfinished in-law apartment on the 2nd floor that can be accessed from the main house or from the private 2-car garage.  The front door of this luxurious suite opens up into a dining room and petite kitchen.  Beyond an arched opening, in-laws will enjoy an oversized bedroom with private bath and sitting room for entertaining.

Abby Glen Castle | Multi-Generational House Plan

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