Multi-generation homes are becoming more and more popular in the UK as house prices have increased exponentially over the past few years and people are living for longer. This type of living arrangement might not be for everyone but certainly can ease the pressure for both people unable to get on the property ladder and for people being cared for throughout old age.
Changing a home into a multi-generation home might be easier than you think, as there are a number of things you could do to increase its size to ensure that there are both communal and private spaces so that everyone feels as though they can have their own space. Loft extensions are a good solution for children moving back in, as they create privacy, and often older people prefer not having to negotiate lots of stairs. An option for the other end of the spectrum could be creating a space by converting the garage or by creating a granny annex. If you don’t have the budget for any of these ideas then consider adding an extra bathroom or a kitchenette to an existing bedroom.
The best way for all generations to live in harmony is to make sure you set out clear house rules, such as in the communal space making sure everyone tidies away their mess each day. Try and do your own food shopping and if you are sharing a kitchen make sure each person has their own fridge or allocated shelf in a fridge and times when they cook.
If you are looking at buying a multi-generation house which is ready to go, you might want to consider this four bedroom house situated in the village of Furneux Pelham which comes with its own two bedroom annex. It has been recently decorated, with newly fitted carpets throughout, offers 3 reception rooms, generous kitchen/breakfast room and shower room. Master bedroom and a further 3 bedrooms, all with superb views across rolling countryside and family bathroom.
The property sits on approximately 0.5 of an acre, with a south-facing garden and views across open farmland, gravel driveway offering parking for several vehicles and there is also a storage barn. EPC Rating D. OIEO £725,000