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Consider Different Layouts, Living Arrangements & House Plans

Home builders nowadays are creating floor plans for this exact purpose. You may see newly constructed homes that offer separate entrances and living spaces so that each generation has their own private living spaces. Note that the generational home doesn’t necessarily need to be a new build house to accommodate your growing family. A large-sized home of any age can accommodate the needs of multiple families especially if it has lots of features.

Walk-out and walk-up basements – aka separate entrances

One of the most common features that multi-generational homebuyers look for are walk-out and walk-up basements.  Why and what’s the difference?

  • A walk-out basement means there are doors leading directly to the back yard or side of the house. Usually these homes are built on a slope so the basement door is level with the ground outside.
  • A walk-up basement means there is a set of stairs in the side of the house or the backyard—or even sometimes through the garage—that lead down to a separate basement entrance.

By having a separate entrance, you can set up fully private living quarters that grandparents or young adults can enter without disturbing the rest of the household occupants.

Some multi-gen homes aren’t set up as separate units at all and that works great for many families too. When grandparents, adult children and grandchildren share the entire home, there’s room for great bonding, storytelling and years of memory-making. Only you and your family knows what will work best for your entire family and everyone’s budget.

In-law suiteXs

An in-law suite is where there are self-contained living spaces that come complete with a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and a living room. In-law suites are a huge plus for multi-generational families. In-law suites (or granny suites) are mini apartment-style set-ups which are great for those looking for a feeling of privacy and living quietly.

Our team of Realtors® recommend that buyers look for homes that have full egress windows installed for extra safety, especially if they live in the basement and there are more than one person that accesses the unit as per their fire escape plan. It’s even better to find a home with a guest house or self-contained unit above the garage.

You can ask your real estate agent to set up a search for properties that include a pre-built in-law suite, accessory building or even a multi-residential home where your loved ones can be close-by. You can even refine your search for semi-detached or duplex homes to get better results. 

You can also use our property search tool to find a multi-generational home that suites you and your family’s specific needs and criteria.

Arrangement of shared spaces

Before choosing a multi-gen home, consider what areas will beed to be shared in the home. It’s important to find out some of the following:

  • Are there enough laundry rooms or will everyone be fighting for the washer and dryer? You may want write up a schedule for washing and drying times that everyone agrees on so that everyone has access when they need it..
  • You should also take into account the electricity rates during peak times of the day.
  • Find out if the kitchen will be shared or if there are two or more. Who will be responsible for cooking dinner, buying groceries and doing dishes? 

These are a few of the facets of the living arrangement that should be determined before putting in any offers.

*All information provided by the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) and ITSO for the highest number of completed transactions since January 1, 2015. All Brantford MLS® House Listings come from the various systems operated by Real Estate Boards and Associations across Canada. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used underlicense. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service®, and the associated logos are owned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.



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