Already a trend for several years, multi-generational homes are becoming more popular, with many families accommodating their in-laws and older parents together under one roof. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 12 percent of Americans lived in a multi-generational household in 1980. By 2016, the number rose to 20 percent; and by the summer of 2020, 52 percent of young adults were living with their parents.
Covid has certainly accelerated the demand as families want to keep elderly parents and school-aged children in one home because of health and safety concerns. In addition, grandparents are helping working families with remote learning and childcare needs.
As the need for multi-generational homes increase, we can expect to see some subtle but significant design changes – such as more ground level suites, wider bathroom doors, lower positioning of light switches, dropped down kitchen countertops, and more focus on green home features.