Three generations of a tight-knit family live on a sloped wooded site in this 7,500-square-foot home. The multigenerational abode by Höweler + Yoon Architecture embraces its sylvan setting through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and generously sized terraces on the first and second stories.
When Byron and Sue Henry began spending more time at their cozy lake cabin, they realized the existing layout no longer suited them or their two sons with growing families. So in late 2008, the Vancouver, Washington–based couple called Portland architect Michael Flowers and design partner Judson Moore offarm research and design to take charge of the remodel and expansion of their second home. Located on a secluded, half-acre hillside property overlooking Hayden Lake in Northern Idaho, the modern, 1,250-square-foot Henry Point cabin now boasts a fully-updated interior as well as an 830-square-foot loft addition.
A bright idea blossomed close to home for Modal Design principal Daniel Monti. Tasked to create a low-maintenance, multi-generational home for his parents, his family, his brother’s children and their many pets, Monti looked to a massive century-old stone pine tree with a vast canopy growing right on the property as an endless source of inspiration.
Before O’Neill Rose Architects took on this project, the client—a contractor the firm often works with—was living with his mother, brother and sister-in-law in an older, smaller house previously owned by his father-in-law. “He wanted to make a space that would work for the whole extended family but have each piece have its own identity and presence on the property, so they could feel like it was theirs as it was still tied in with something else,” partner Devin O’Neill says.
A multi-generational home in San Diego, California, elegantly combines sustainability and luxury. From the start, their objective was to create a home that was not only green but that would also comfortably accommodate three generations of the family: Sasan and Mitra as well as Soheil, his girlfriend, Susana Mora, their son, Shayan, and infant daughter, Sofia. “We created multiple living spaces so that we could each have our own private area without getting in each other’s hair,” Soheil says.
For many baby boomers, "retirement" is just a long way to spell "the end." This wasn't the case for Mike and Fiona Goodchild, a pair of retiring Scottish UCSB professors who wanted a home that would easily adapt to meet their changing needs while helping future generations meet theirs.