Pew Research reports that in 2014, a record 60.6 million Americans lived in homes having two or more adult generations or grandparents and grandchildren. That’s a 30% increase from the prior seven years, however multi-generational living is simply returning to the norm.
Back in the early 1900s, more than half of all senior citizens lived with their children or with their children and grandchildren. Between 1950 and 1980, there was actually an abnormal drop in multi-generational living as television promoted the go-it-alone, “John Wayne.” lifestyle.
Down through history, wealthier families always lived together in large, multi-generational dwellings. With Millennials staying or moving home and seniors living decades longer than any other time since Biblical Genesis, we home builders are taking notice. If living with extended family is good enough for Southfork Ranch and Downton Abbey, why now give it some thought.
One builder advertises his multi-generational home plans as “two homes for the price of one.” We like to think of it as a completely autonomous apartment inside of the main house or a home within a home.
Financial savings aren’t the only benefits of multi-generational living. Caregiving becomes easier, child care becomes automatic, and children form tighter bonds with older family members. In fact, recent studies also suggest that children growing up in multi-generational households have higher performance in school than those who do not. Other research reveals that seniors who spend more time with grandchildren live longer.
We’d love to show you the many, many options of multi-generational home design. Call TK Kneedler at 972-345-3368 for the details.
Why magical? Not only is a mudroom like a mote that protects your beautiful castle from muddy shoes, wet coats and stinky socks, it magically puts you in a more philosophical mood about all those things.
Mystical because it’s a mystery to us that every custom home doesn’t have a mudroom built into its design!
Well designed mudrooms make economical use of vertical space, providing plenty of hooks or pegs for hanging up coats, scarves, hats and backpacks. We can also design our mudrooms with actual lockers for children’s school books, backpacks, coats and shoes. Ample shelves and cabinets are a must in the mudroom for additional storage as is at least one bench to sit on while removing messy footwear.
A mudroom provides the perfect place to handle the clutter of shoes, outerwear, book bags, briefcases and is an alternative to the coat closet. The mudroom has user friendly storage for the family, bestowing a sense of livability and tidiness to a home.
Our most popular designs are Combo Mud Rooms. One option combines all the features of a great drop-off zone with an easily accessible laundry room. Another option is combining your Mud room with a pet-friendly zone. Imagine an area where Fido can eat his meals, access his water bowl 24-7 and even has a custom cubby hole with his favorite pillow where he can take a nap. Easy-to-clean floors and stylish utility sinks are standard in all of our Mud room designs, but if you really want the best in pet luxury, we can build in a custom, tiled facility for Fido and Fifi’s baths!
Heaven right here on Earth just might be the sense of peace and calm you get from having a mudroom dedicated entirely to handling the accumulated “stuff” of our daily lives, far away from our public living spaces.
Since January is National Get Organized Month, it’s the perfect time for some tough talk about exactly what you’ll be moving to your new house. These words may be a little frightening, but not everything you have stuffed in your garage, attic or closets should go with you to your brand new home.
The best time to begin preparing to move is the moment you finally decide you want to build a new house. Because good change can also be stressful, getting mentally prepared should be at the very top of your to do list.
When you move into your dream home, you’ll actually be starting a whole new life even if you’re just moving from Fort Worth to Rockwall County. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start your new adventure with a clean slate?
Organizing and de-cluttering is a daunting prospect, so just try getting your mind around a 15 to 25% "reduction-of-things" figure. All of us have sentimental attachments to our “stuff” or we wouldn’t still have it. The sooner you can internalize the concept that everything isn’t making the move, the easier it will be for you to begin the sorting prospect.
Here are a few tips that might help ease the pain of separation anxiety:
1. Get the entire family involved. If everyone is tossing a quarter of their possessions, it will be easier on everybody.
2. Divide your stuff into four categories: Trash, Donate, Sell, Take to the New House.
3. Let everyone make their own decisions on what 15% of their stuff has to go. Don’t just throw away their treasures.
4. As soon as you’ve all decided what needs to go, get rid of it quickly, much like ripping off a band aid.
5. If you’re having trouble with the process, don’t be embarrassed to call in a professional organizer. Their services are very reasonable, but the value of their help is priceless.
If you need a recommendation of a great organizer near you, call us. We’re only too happy to make the introductions.