Hi my name is Andrew.
I am planning to build family home in near future. Naturally, I became interested in widely available home plans with much disappointment. I finally discovered The Not So Big House web site and investigated available plans there.
I was pleased to find new home designs with practical approach and no nonsense formative solutions to informal living.
I would like to suggest however, a new idea for multi generational home.
Numerous articles today describe middle class families raising their children to adulthood, and than caring for ageing grand parents.
The most single complaint I hear from seniors is that their beloved homes become not so friendly after 60. Having difficulties with ambulation seniors frequently restrict their activities to main living area, while upper levels become unoccupied.
With some adjustments Traditional single floor houses are easier to live in, but adjustments are usually crude and not always wheel chair friendly.
In July/August 2004 AARP magazine page 86, I read an interesting article on today caregivers in America estimated 44.4 millions.
The bottom line is that today homes for middle class families are not multi generational.
I like to see more home plans that will accommodate family with children, but with some esthetic modifications help with accommodation for ageing grand parents. I think this idea reaching to new costumers, not only to middle class families but also to seniors.
Truly it is investment for lifetime.
Thank you kindly for your time, I am eagerly awaiting anyones response. Sincerely; Andrew K.
P.S. Plan # LDH-1999-B OR -W is very esthetic and very appealing, if I could have that as single story building it would be even better.