With multigenerational households on the rise, there’s an opportunity to fill a gap in the existing home market by offering a plan with comfortable space for an aging parent or a young adult back from college. Depending on the needs of the buyer, the best home may include a first-floor bedroom suite (sparing its inhabitants from having to navigate stairs), a separate apartment above the garage, or even a totally private duplex unit. Accordingly, the plans below accommodate a wide range of situations. To see more multifamily designs, plans with in-law units, and even garages with living space, click here.

Home-Within-a-Home

Fully enclosed within this attractive home, a separate 870-square-foot apartment includes a bedroom, kitchen, living space, and full bathroom. It even offers its own front porch. Pass through the laundry room to enter the main side of the house, where a larger kitchen and living area occupy the first floor, and four family bedrooms (including the master suite) rest upstairs. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

In-Law Accommodations

This smart layout grants a measure of independence to an older live-in relative, with a first-floor suite that adjoins what can become a private sitting room. The master suite is also found on the main level, where it enjoys a large walk-in closet. A see-through fireplace links the living and dining spaces, and a garden room connects to the screened porch, offering a comfortable link to the outdoors. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Luxurious Feel, Modest Space

This two-story plan, a consumer favorite, gives the look and feel of grand-style living without excessive square footage. The open layout inside creates great flow and helps keep costs down with few interior walls. The master suite has another fireplace and window seat and adjoins a luxurious master bath with separate tub and shower. Adding flexibility, an optional separate apartment over the garage includes its own living room, kitchen, and bedroom. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here

Dual Master Suites

This traditional neighborhood design includes an extra master suite downstairs, offering a stair-free haven for an older relative, or even an aging-in-place alternative for the owner. The island kitchen opens completely to the family room, with a living room/study adjacent. At just 32 feet wide, this plan fits well on a narrow lot. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.