Remodeling For In-Laws

By Robert Robillard on Design

Elderly Friendly Remodeling

Living With Your Parents!

I live in a multi-generational home that we remodeled for a handicap in-law.  Many people these days are remodeling for in-laws and either bringing in their parents or moving in with them and taking over the house responsibilities.  

According to an AARP survey, the number of multi-generational households has grown from 5 million in 2000 to 6.2 million in 2008. 

BabyBoomers Expect In-Laws To Move In

Nearly a quarter of baby boomers expect that their parents or in-laws will move in with them.

As carpenters and builders we may start seeing more addition and remodel requests with a focus on creating living space for two generations.

Aging In Place Considerations

With more and more people realizing this, most homeowners are staying home and “aging in place.” And with the increase of homeowners staying home, many are turning to remodeling in order to increase accessibility and appeal. 
Although some remodels are based on changes in family life such as a parent or a child moving in, others are based on a demand for creating a more comfortable and usable home.   Some of the factors folks are considering are long-lasting materials, sustainability, style and a more usable, open and attractive floor plans.

Remodeling For In-Laws

When thinking about creating this type of living space for aging parents one needs to consider the possibility of a home having aging in place considerations:
  • two master bedrooms and baths
  • first floor living and access
  • handicap access or accommodations [i.e., grab bars, wider door ways, etc] , dual accessible laundry
  • maybe thru a walk-in closet
  • additional laundry rooms
  • the addition of a small efficiency type kitchen
  • additional parking or extra garage bay
  • build in privacy for both parties
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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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