The number of families with children, parents, and grandparents living together has risen in recent years, which is changing the way some people remodel their homes, reports Daniel Goldstein of MarketWatch.
In 2006, the percentage of households with children, parents, and grandparents living under one roof was 3.6%. In 2014, that figure rose to 4.3%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Architects say that more clients are looking to make accommodations for their aging parents who live with them or are visiting for the holidays. “I see it now more than 10 years ago,” said Dawn Zuber, an architect in Plymouth, Mich., who’s a member of the American Institute of Architects’ Custom Residential Architects Network, and whose firm, Studio Z Architecture, helps design homes for living arrangements like aging parents under the same roof. “People are looking for ways to make their home usable for an elderly [family] member and to keep those parents out of nursing homes a lot longer, or for empty nesters who expect their kids to come back home for the holidays,” she said.