Intergenerational living is becoming more commonplace. One popular option for multiple family members cohabitating is a "granny flat" or "mother-in-law suite". These are typically separate living spaces that are attached to the main home but have their own entrance and amenities. This allows for a sense of privacy and independence while still being close to family members. Another important consideration is the design of the transition between the existing home and the new addition. You'll want to make sure that it blends seamlessly with the existing architecture of the home while still providing ample space for everyone to live comfortably. One complication can be city zoning ordinances that restrict where additions or detached dwelling units can be built and how large they are.
Currently, the office is taking on a project in Madison where we are designing an addition for the homeowner's mother. A new front entry door opens to a foyer connecting the existing home to the addition. The mother's suite includes a separate living space which is open to a full-size kitchen. The main bedroom has an ensuite, a large walk-in closet, and a sliding door leading to a small patio to garden and play with the dogs.
Overall, the key to building an addition for intergenerational living is to prioritize the needs and preferences of everyone involved. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can create a space that is both functional and beautiful, which allows for a harmonious living arrangement for years to come.