May 31, 2024

Catherine Marshall

Amanda felt like her personal space was on the household highway. 

As an adult child in a multigenerational household in a suburban single-family home, she resigned herself to family members walking through her bed/sitting room to get elsewhere.

“Mom would show up with a clothes basket and walk through to the laundry room,” Amanda explained. 

Or her father would show up in workout gear en route to the treadmill, she added.

Multigen on the rise

Multigenerational living is on the rise, according to the last census.

Homes shared by families grew by 45% over the last 20 years. Multigenerational households totalled almost one million in 2021, making up 7% of Canadian households.

Mike Manning, the President of Greenbilt Homes, says “multigen” appears to be the fastest-growing type of alternative home ownership in Ontario.

Greenbilt has a unique vantage point on this trend. We hear from many families inquiries about multigenerational living in a FlexPlex®.  They are looking for a flexible home that can change to accommodate family members coming and going.

The FlexPlex is uniquely designed to organize the household’s physical space to provide each family with its own balance of privacy and togetherness.

The FlexPlex can have up to eight bed/bath combinations and four kitchens ranging from light-duty to professional grade.  

If the family also wants to condo-title separate units to create a financial exit for departing family members, the FlexPlex is ideally suited for that.

In Amanda’s situation, the issues of multigenerational living in an undivided single-family home made for an unstable situation. Today she has her own apartment and some perspective on the experience.

The multigenerational model lasted for a number of years because she was prepared to live with intrusions on her personal space while she got on her feet financially.

“The best thing about it was free rent,” said Amanda with a smile.

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