Congratulations! The last of the kids has gone off to college, and you are looking forward to “downsizing” – trading the family home for one that is up to your luxury standards, but not-so-big, and maybe all on one level.
Perhaps you work with a professional organizer or decorator to determine which items you toss or donate, which will go with your kids as they start their lives, and what to take with you to start the next chapter of your life – then you get the call: your elderly parents or in-laws need you to help care for them, and they will be moving in with you.
You can still down-size, still have the dream retirement or pre-retirement home (that will suit you well for years to come). But maybe it’s time to consider how you can share that home with Mom and Dad.
Pew Research statistics indicate that one in every 8 middle-aged Americans is caring for at least one child and one parent under the same roof. And further research estimates that 50 to 66 percent of women in the US will care for an elderly parent or in-law at some point in their lifetimes.
Caring for multiple generations is nothing new. Throughout history – and in other cultures around the world – extended families live comfortably under one roof without a second thought. But this is relatively new territory for modern America, and just as they’ve done with everything else, Baby Boomers are creating new ways to answer the call.
One option is to stay in a larger family home, but to work with a contractor to add age-in-place upgrades, such as toggle light switches, levered door handles and grab-bars in the bathrooms. A decorator can help you place furniture and décor items so that your home reflects your style without potential hazards for those with vision or mobility issues. But down-sizing is still an option – and neither you nor your parents has to give up personal space, privacy or individual style!
Windsong Properties introduced the casita to the metro Atlanta home market – a flexible space with uses as diverse as their homeowners, including project room, exercise room, “man cave” (or “mom cave”) – and, yes, even an in-law suite!
Joined to the main house by a covered breezeway, the casita features its own separate entrance, but shares the driveway, courtyard – even roof line! – with the “main house.” The casita has a comfortable living space and full bathroom, and a small kitchen can be added to make it a comfortable home for guests or aging parents. The casita is offered in Windsong’s Stratton home plan and available at Bel-Aire in West Cobb.
Because the founders of Windsong are Baby Boomers themselves, they anticipate the features that appeal to active adult home buyers. Walkable streets, wide front porches, outdoor living spaces, tons of natural light, and rooms that are suitable for whatever comes along, are just a few of the reasons that Windsong homeowners are among the most satisfied buyers in the active adult market today.
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