Even before Covid, housing shortages, high rents, and rising real estate prices were challenging the ideal of the single-family home. Now the pandemic has disrupted the living situation of thousands of elder parents and young adults, made clear the central importance of family, and led to thousands of multi-generational households. But what to do when a family expands, but its space doesn’t? Designers Janie Molster, Shari Francis, and Brynn Olson discuss how design can come to the aid of the newly enlarged household, why walls and doors are back, the importance of workspaces and private nooks, and why mother-in-law apartments may just be the next big design trend.
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