All In: 5 Key Features Of A Multigenerational House
Multigenerational homes have been a concept for years now in India. A home where three or more than three generation, family members of different age groups, reside together under one roof. But, a house like this needs special attention in terms of facilities that fulfil the day-to-day needs of each family member.
The first and foremost thing to remember for a multigenerational house is maintaining privacy for each member of the house. A multigenerational home requires a balance between private and communal spaces. Thus, separate entrance and also, individual rooms for members ensure privacy.
It is always better to have separate bathrooms, especially for the elderly. Elderly need bathrooms that are safe to use with special flooring and grab bars. Moreover, these are a personal space for everyone.
Generally, in a multigenerational home there is a common kitchen where food for all the members is cooked. However, it is advisable to have a kitchenette (small kitchen area with basic cooking facility) where any member can cook independently, if need be.
Ample storage space
In large families, the chances of the house being cluttered is high. Make sure there are ample storage spaces all around the house to accommodate things. Also, to ensure that clothing for each member is organised, have closets in each bedroom.
It's so much fun when the whole family sits together and watches a movie, play a sport or even just play some games. Create different entertainment zones including play area and mini home theatre. These areas can be used when the family sits together or even individually. For instance, while the grandparents watch their favourite TV serial, the grandchildren could play their favourite games in the play area.
Another major concern in multigenerational house is safety of all the members. When you have both kids and elderly people at home, safety becomes a priority. Keep the house illuminated with night lamps to avoid any injury to the family members when moving around the house late in the night. For entry pavements, ramps can be created which are not too steep, for east movement for both the young and old ones.