This is how age-appropriate living works: Part 4 - Multigenerational houses

Young and old under one roof: once a frequently chosen form of living, nowadays rather rare. But that seems to be changing. Multigenerational homes are becoming increasingly popular. After all, grandparents, adults and children living together offers a number of advantages. Even those who don't have the option of moving in with their own family don't have to do without.

How does a multigenerational house work?

There are no fixed rules for living together in a multigenerational house. There are housing projects in which each party has its own clearly defined apartment - in some cases, these are even spread over several houses. In other projects, however, the residents have their own rooms and retreats, but share the kitchen and other common areas, similar to a shared apartment. Places where the various residents can come together are important in any case. This is the only way to create a community that benefits from living together.

Because each generation has something to give to the other. While the seniors play with the children or do homework, the parents can work or do other things. In return, you help the seniors, for example by driving them to the doctor or going shopping for them.

How do I find a multigenerational project?

Seniors and families can either join an existing project or look for suitable premises. You can find an overview of housing projects on specially designed portals on the Internet, for example. But you can also find what you are looking for on the usual real estate and WG search portals.

If you are looking for a suitable property, it is advisable to contact a real estate agent. After all, there are many things to consider here. Is there enough space for all parties? Are the living spaces barrier-free for seniors? Are there lockable residential units? If you want to launch a larger project, it also makes sense to set up an association.

Is a multigenerational house a good fit for me?

Further above we have already talked about the advantages of the multigenerational house. If you appreciate the company of other people and like to be part of a community, living in a multigenerational house is an interesting option. However, if you prefer your peace and quiet and are quickly annoyed by children's laughter and shouting, this form of housing is probably not for you.

Many generation projects also pursue a certain lifestyle in other ways and pay particular attention to sustainability or religion, for example. Here it is important to have an eye on whether the lifestyle of the community matches one's own lifestyle.

Are you considering whether living in a generation project could be of interest to you or are you generally interested in the topic of "living in old age"? Contact us now. We will be happy to advise you on your options.

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