Basement Designs for Multigenerational Families


July 15, 2021

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An increasing number of families are starting to live in multigenerational households, where older relatives live in the same home as their kids and grandkids. This leads to some unique requirements when it comes to finding a home.

Some people are choosing to buy both sides of a duplex home or part of a row of townhomes, but one of the most common choices is to add a basement suite to a single-family home. Sterling Homes offers a selection of efficient basement designs with your family in mind – ensuring you can make everyone happy.

Benefits Of A Finished Basement

Finished basements are ideal for large family living. Downstairs layouts allow for privacy for young students or grandparents. You also have the option of additional recreation space where the family can come together.

For example, a few key basement components might include:

  • Living space
  • Office or media space
  • Extra bedrooms
  • Additional bathrooms
  • Potential for a guest suite
  • Potential as a rental area

One of the many perks of buying a new home is the opportunity to include many of these features and more. Take a peek at the home models listed below and you’ll see what we mean.

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The Jannat

With over 2,600 square feet of living space and 5-6 bedrooms even without finishing the basement, the Jannat is a great choice for large multigenerational families. The main floor bedroom and full bath allow older parents to have a comfortable home without having to go up and down the stairs regularly.

With the second-floor layout that features a bonus room at the centre, your family has its own separate living space. Additionally, the main floor layout does allow for a spice kitchen. Separate kitchen space means that you don’t have to eat as one big family for every meal.

Since we’re talking about basement designs, with the Jannat, finishing the basement will add about 1,000 square feet of living space. There are options to make this a full legal suite with a separate entrance if you want to live together without feeling like you’re constantly on top of your family members.

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The Assurance

The Assurance is part of our Evolve line of homes, which makes it an ideal, affordable home for a newcomer to Canada, thanks to the Evolve series’ streamlined construction process. With a starting size of 2263 square feet, the Assurance is one of the largest homes in the Evolve line, so you know you’ll be getting the most for your money.

The Assurance features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, including a 5-piece ensuite in the master bedroom. This allows a lot of space for a large family, while still ensuring you can have some privacy.

Even better, if you choose to finish the basement you can turn it into a complete legal suite, adding an extra 3 bedrooms and its own separate entrance. This is perfect for older relatives who want to be near the family, but still want to keep some independence.

The Allure

With prices starting in the 400’s, the Allure is a very affordable option for multigenerational families. Inside this home, you’ll find 1830 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, as well as a huge bonus room on the upper floor, meaning you’ll never be short on space.

On the main floor, you’ll find a large, open-plan living area with a great room, eating nook and an attached kitchen, making it the perfect space for the whole family to meet up.

As with the Assurance, you can also add a full legal suite with a separate entrance to the basement of the Allure, adding an extra bedroom and another 545 square feet of living space.

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The Thomas

If having plenty of space is one of your main concerns, the Thomas model is the home for you! With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a bonus room on both the main and upper floors, you’ll be able to create living and working spaces for any kind of family.

With a floor plan covering over 2500 square feet, the Thomas is one of our most spacious models, as well as one of the most popular. It provides a spacious, open living area on the ground floor, as well as a foyer, mudroom and a two-car garage, and the upstairs master bedroom offers a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom.

The Thomas also has the option to add a legal suite with a separate entrance to the basement, adding another two bedrooms and a private living area for additional family members.

Clearly, Sterling Homes offers a lot of options for all types of families.

Because each family has its own unique needs and wants, it’s important to have a wide selection of home designs. A good builder should not only provide you with several floor plans to choose from but assist you in creating a home that’s sure to make you and your loved ones happy for many years to come. Come talk to one of our Area Managers today to see what we can do for your multigenerational family.

Originally published July 3, 2017, updated July 15, 2021

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