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April 2018
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The fun of being together along with the desire for privacy is all a part of a typical multi-generational household. Each member of the family will appreciate being able to retreat to their own separate bedroom suite when they want to unwind. Enjoy our description below of a home that was designed both for multi-generational living and to showcase technologically advanced building innovations.

David H. Adams, President
Design Builders and Remodeling, Inc. • 203.431.9104

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"Every building is a prototype—no two are alike."

—Helmut Jahn

Create an Innovative Multi-Generational Home

Are you planning to remodel your home to provide a comfortable, accessible suite for your elderly parents who are moving in with you? Or perhaps you wish to offer private living space for an adult child who is returning home. Maybe you are anticipating both your parents and your adult child coming to share your home. In today’s culture, multi-generational homes are becoming ever more popular as extended families make plans to come together under one roof.

The reNEWable Living Home 2018 was on display at the International Builders Show in Orlando in January as an inspiration for remodelers and builders when working on their own multi-generational projects. The creative design of the home allows three generations to live comfortably together, but enjoy private space when needed.

The two-story home includes a spacious owners suite and an in-law suite for aging parents on opposite ends of the main level. Each pleasant suite contains a separate bathroom, walk-in-closet and laundry facility. The shared open kitchen, dining room and great room integrate smoothly with an outdoor living area, patio and pool for the entire family’s enjoyment. Each of the hallways measure 42 inches wide, with 48- to 60-inch-wide spaces in the main circulation areas, so family members can easily use mobility equipment if needed.

Upstairs is an amazing urban-inspired flat that provides everything an adult child would need, including a combined kitchen/living space and office. Three additional bedrooms with baths are designed to be flex-spaces that can be used for purposes other than bedrooms, such as office space or hobby room. The central area on the second floor offers a game room and mini kitchen for entertainment.

A unique aspect of the reNEWable Living Home are its innovations in design, technology, materials and construction standards. Five key categories played a vital role in all the plans that were made, and should be considered as you plan to remodel your home to become multi-generational:

1. More Savings—Contains enough renewable energy sources to meet a Net Zero Energy standard, meaning it produces all of most of the energy it consumes.

2. Better Health—Proactively helps manage the health of the indoor air quality through features likes its progressive Aprilaire Ventilating Dehumidifier and HVAC control system, as well as CertainTeed AirRenew Drywall that breaks down formaldehyde.

3. Real Comfort—Innovations in building techniques that keep the interior quieter and provide consistent temperature and humidity levels, such as the HercuWall panelized wall system that is air tight and disaster-resistant.

4. Peace of Mind—Smart features that respond to occupants, connecting them to their home, like Wi-Fi enabled devices that adjust temperatures and lighting, enhance security, control kitchen appliances, and play music.

5. Thoughtful Design—The multi-generational floorplan was designed to promote a balance of family connectivity, individual space and physical needs. A soothing palette and clever storage solutions help eliminate stress and contribute towards relaxation.

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Kitchen Design Ideas for Basements and Lower Level Living Areas

If you are planning a basement remodeling project have you considered adding a second kitchen, kitchenette or a beverage bar? Lower level conversions often provide areas for recreation and entertaining and can also be designed to add more space for preparing meals and snacks.

Lower level kitchens are one of today’s most popular trends in basement remodeling projects. Many people find that there is never enough storage space in a kitchen, especially if you like to entertain.

A basement kitchen can provide the space you need for all of those dishes, glassware, pots, pans and serving bowls and platters that you don’t use every day but are essential for feeding a crowd.

To help you get started on planning your project here are several kitchen design ideas for basements and lower level living areas from remodeling projects we’ve designed and built for Central New York homeowners. 

This lower level living space with an open floor plan features a custom kitchen with a peninsula that provides an area for informal dining, upscale vinyl flooring, a wall-mounted flat screen television, an entertainment center, a gas-burning stove and Mission-style furnishings.

Full Kitchens

If you plan on using a lower level living space frequently for television viewing or entertaining, a full kitchen can be a major asset especially during the holidays and summer months.

A kitchen is a place where people often gather and plans should address storage, appliances, fixtures and seating. It’s important to consider including options such as a refrigerator, microwave oven and/or stove, a sink, dishwasher and sufficient counter space for small appliances like a blender, coffeemaker, crockpot and mixer.

Left: The design plan for this lower level kitchen included building a microwave oven into the wall, framing the refrigerator and adding both task and general lighting. The kitchen features dark stained cabinets with crown molding, quartz counters, mosaic glass tile backsplash and a built-in microwave. The large peninsula provides seating for up to six people and is illuminated by three pendant lights.

Right: Shaker-style cabinets from Bishop Cabinets were used for this basement kitchen. Upper cabinets with glass doors make the contents easy to view. The quartz counter is “Torquay” from Cambria. The stainless steel bar sink is equipped with a gooseneck faucet. The brushed nickel cabinet hardware is sleek and functional. Drawer pulls double as towel bars. A stainless steel GE microwave oven is built into the wall.



A kitchenette is a small kitchen configuration that is equipped with appliances and fixtures you may need for limited food prep and storage.

In many lower levels a kitchenette may include a refrigerator, microwave oven and cabinets. If space allows, there also may be a small sink included.

Some homeowners find that they can recycle kitchen appliances when they update their primary kitchen by moving them to a basement and creating a kitchenette. It’s helpful to have a second refrigerator and stove in a home especially during the holidays and for special occasions.

Left: This kitchenette provides a space for preparing snacks and informal meals. Natural finish oak cabinets from Bishop Cabinets were used. The Cambria quartz countertop and backsplash are easy to clean. An undercabinet light illuminates the sink.

Right: A range, microwave oven and refrigerator were installed in this basement kitchenette. White cabinets provide storage and there is counter space and a table for food prep. There are also outlets for small appliances and a cordless phone.



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