Los Altos Home Remodeling Contractor Nunley Custom Homes Announces Renovation Tips for the “Sandwich” Generation

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Nunley Custom Homes, a design-build general contracting firm, shares remodeling ideas for multigenerational living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Families moving in together makes good sense in our post-recession world when different generations may need to pull together to overcome economic challenges. In fact, multigenerational living has been on the rise for awhile. The nationwide shift is due to 20-somethings taking longer to leave home, baby boomers caring for aging parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, and even middle-aged adults in financial crisis moving in with parents and sometimes bringing children with them.

“We’re definitely seeing more home remodeling projects involving in-law suites,” says Joe Nunley, owner of Nunley Custom Homes. “For example, we’re currently in the process of designing a new pool cabana to accommodate an adult child. Other areas that can be utilized to accommodate multigenerational living include second story additions, basement renovations, garage conversions, and remodeling large attic spaces.”

If designed properly, remodeling a home can provide much needed privacy, enhance a blended household, and bring families closer together. Here are three tips that can make a big difference when multiple generations live together:

  •      Separate entries, in-suite bathrooms and/or kitchen areas can add privacy and independence for family members. In addition, a separate sitting area in a bedroom or on-suite can create a valuable retreat from a busy, noisy household for an aging parent.
  •      If an in-law suite is not possible, a homeowner may want to consider adding a bathroom or remodeling an existing one to accommodate different family members’ needs. Good storage space is critical in creating comfort and minimizing arguments over mess and clutter. If caring for aging parents, a walk-in shower with grab bars or wheelchair accessible counters may be necessary.
  •      A large family room that is open to a kitchen and dining area can create an area spacious enough to welcome the whole family. If possible, design separate areas for different generations. For example, designate a play area for children in a great room so they’re not jumping on top of a grandfather finishing his crossword puzzle. A kitchen with a bar area or island is ideal for children to snack and do homework while adults share cooking duties.

Decisions about remodeling a home must be weighed carefully including selecting the team of professionals to design and build the space of a homeowner’s dreams. With 35 years experience, Nunley Custom Home’s design team takes the time to learn about a customer’s lifestyle and expectations to create a space specific to their individual needs. Their “one-stop shop” approach to remodeling allows homeowners to make a single phone call to handle the entire construction project including conceptual design, architectural drawings, drafting, engineering, permits, and construction.

For more information about this company, please visit their updated website http://www.nunleyremodeling.com.

About Nunley Remodeling

For more than 35 years, discriminating homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area have turned to Nunley Remodeling for a complete range of design build and home improvement services including room additions, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and permits. They serve the San Francisco Peninsula area including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Saratoga, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, and Sunnyvale.

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