A multi-generational family evolves
Mom’s mobility isn’t what it used to be. She has begrudgingly moved in with you.
Then 2 months later your 20-something son Brandon decided to ‘re-enroll’ in college. To afford school he’s looking to ‘boomerang’ back to your house. While you had to say yes, you’re silently thinking, “Ready or not, here he comes again!”
And while you love your daughter Morgan, and really love your granddaughter Olivia, you’re hoping she’ll still be able to make it financially on her own after the divorce. While it would be fabulous to spend more time with Olivia, you already have your hands (and house) full helping Mom, worrying if your house is safe for her and cleaning up (again) after Brandon’s stuff laying all over the place!
Now what to do about your house and bathroom since you’ve become a multi-generational household?
And just like that your time as a ‘free and easy’ Empty Nester is over. You’ve evolved into a multi-generation household. Whether this allows you to rest easy out not, know you’re not alone. You’re part of a growing trend. As a matter of fact, 20% of United States households (or 64 million people) live in a multi-generational household (which is 2 or more generations under one roof).
And this would be fine IF your existing home (and bathroom) was designed to work from grandkids to grandparents…but it’s not. Adding on an ‘in-law suite’ or A.D.U. (Accessory Dwelling Unit) would be swell – if you have the lot space or the money to make it happen. You know this ain’t happen’. In addition, you know your master bathroom and hall bathrooms are not exactly the safe (or stylish Better-Homes-And-Garden-Esque) places you wish they were. Not hardly.
The LAST THING you want do to is spend money remodeling (and making it safe for Mom) and the new bathroom reminds you of the hospital you’re trying to keep her out of. Plus ‘institutional-looking bathroom’ isn’t exactly the hot phrase your realtor will want to use when trying to sell your home years down the road.
So, here’s the challenge (and you have no choice but to accept it).
How do you create a multi-generational bathroom which is stylish, safe and works for everyone in your ‘expanding’ household?
Below I’ll give you 7 practical – yet cool – ideas to transform your hall or master bathroom into a multi-generational space you won’t mind sharing with your crazy family. Let’s check out these ideas.