In May, the Pew Research Foundation reported that for the first time ever, living with parents is the most popular housing option for adults 18 to 34 years old. It’s not hard to figure out why. The Brexit vote created huge uncertainty in the global marketplace; domestically, concerns about the upcoming Presidential election and the sustained health of the economy have people worried about their financial futures at the same time great jobs are in short supply. Living at home makes sense – but having a 30 year old in the house is very, very different than having a 3 year old or even a 13 or 23 year old.
Maintaining a healthy, happy family dynamic is easier when everyone has enough space. That’s part of the reason basement remodels are so popular in Duxbury, Plymouth and surrounding communities. Converting the basement into an apartment for adult children who are living at home is a cost effective way to introduce some privacy and boundaries into the family home. When compared on an apples to apples basis with a first floor addition or adding a second story to the home, basement conversions are faster and more affordable.
Some basement conversions we’ve done have transformed the basement into a self-contained apartment, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, and separate entrance. Other transformations turn the basement area into a large bedroom or studio style layout, combining sleeping and relaxing areas.
The majority of young adults who are still living with their parents are men, although this is changing as young women are choosing to live at home rather than with a romantic partner at increasing rates. The primary difference is that young women are far more likely to be single parents, which makes housing decisions slightly more complicated. Every Duxbury basement renovation we do is fully custom, individually designed and created to meet the homeowner’s unique needs and existing basement layout.