Upgrades for a growing family

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

The American household is evolving. Traditional family households with parents and children up to 18 have transformed into a mix of various generations, and the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the growth of multigenerational households.

Consider three steps to help improve multigenerational living:

EXPAND LIVING SPACE

When someone moves in, it’s amazing how what used to feel like ample space can suddenly seem very cramped. Space becomes a premium and with lack of adequate space to read, watch TV or simply sit to rest, home stress levels can rise fast. That’s why you may want to consider ways to add common spaces, or transform the space you do have to accommodate more people.

Finishing a basement is a smart option if you have financial means. Stylish room partitions or curtains can provide privacy and the feeling of a room if you don’t have money to invest in a larger home-improvement project. Finally, consider refreshing outdoor spaces with seating spots grouped throughout the yard.

ADD A BATHROOM WITHOUT COSTLY DEMO

When the number of people increases in a home, the bathroom becomes a hot commodity. Whether it’s to put a bathroom closer to an aging parent’s bedroom or simply add a powder room in a nontraditional location to expand resources, consider affordable options such as macerating toilets and drain pumps from Saniflo. These above-floor plumbing options allow you to add a bathroom where no conventional, below-floor plumbing exists. Learn more at saniflo.com.

ADD AND ENHANCE ENTRYWAYS

With more people coming and going, entryways can become chaotic places in a home. If possible, consider refining the entry points to accommodate increased traffic and contain clutter. You may want to add benches and cubbies for each person’s personal items to help contain messes and prevent tripping hazards. Proper lighting, stable hooks and grab bars are also useful additions.

Consider refreshing entryways for different residents. For example, for aging parents with stability issues, the front entryway might be a good option because it has railings and bright lighting. You can even change stairways into ramps if necessary.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.