The builders are taking notice of an important demographic trend. At least those builders on the cutting edge of home design. Gone are big living rooms and fancy dining rooms. Instead, the homes have two master bedroom suites and large kitchens that double as family rooms. These are intended for multi-generational living. We encourage these kind of arrangements, just remember to be clear about your needs so you can share housing smarter and better.
In a study done by the Pulte Group and quoted in USA Today, one-third of householders expect to share their homes with family members, perhaps a parent (or two), adult children, or other adult family member. According to the Pew Charitable Trust, 22 percent of adult children ages 24-35 are currently living with their parents. That’s almost one in four.
Of course living as an adult with other adult members of one’s family is a return to what had been traditional in human society from the beginning of time. The ability to live separately is a relatively modern phenomenon, since the 1950’s, made possible when housing was cheap enough and wages high enough that an individual could support a home – whether alone or for a family. Times are changing.
I’m most curious to know whether those who are living with family members are actually more content with life than those who live alone. It seems to me quite likely. There is something about being human that we need to be connected to others – what better way than to live with family? Don’t you think so? Of course there are some families where living together would not be a happy experience. The thing is knowing the difference.
How would it be for you to live with your family? Or do you already? Tell us how it is.
Check out this other articles about living together with family: When An Adult Child Needs a Home