With kids age two, six, and eight living alongside not just Mom and Dad but Grandma, there were multiple competing priorities for this recently project design by Carolyn Rebuffel of WorkroomC. The biggest one? Keeping the peace. Carolyn says, “The space had to serve a lot of different needs—kid space, Grandma, who needs occasional privacy, and some adult glamour that is also indestructible.”
Easier said than done given that, according to Carolyn, “the house isn’t huge and the kids are all at very different stages of development, so the outdoor space was very important to fully develop.” But with thoughtful planning from day one, Carolyn created a home that perfectly fits the whole family.
See the space in the slideshow and Carolyn shares her advice for intergenerational home design below!
Carolyn’s Tips for Intergenerational Home Design
Give everyone a place to retreat. Grandma’s room had a little sitting area with a television, the kids had a playroom so all toys could be contained in one place and kids could have their own place when adults took over public spaces.
Opt for soft, curved edges and wide open walkways. The space cannot be overcrowded, but seating has to be creative so that everyone has a place all in the same room— such as a giant dining table with bench seating for smaller kids
Select bulletproof materials. This indoor/outdoor fabrics for upholstery, molded plastic dining chairs from DWR that are easily cleaned, and an acrylic top on the wooden dining table to protect from spills and scratches.
Pick soft, but durable carpeting. Kids are going to be crawling and falling all over it, but it also need to stand up to contant foot traffic.
Splurge on custom lighting. It adds beauty, and you can use grown-up only materials like delicate glass or metals that would typically show smudged since pendants and sconces are all but untouchable to little ones.