Millennials Want Homes That Adapt to Their Needs
Millennials are used to sharing—often living with parents and roommates to save money long beyond the time frame prior generations did before moving on to their own homes.
When they do buy, they embrace flexibility in their homes to accommodate parents, relatives, and friends.
Here are some strategies for designing the adaptable home gleaned from BUILDER’s Responsive Home project:
Add more space for entertaining. Rather than waste precious square footage on a huge master bedroom and walk-in closet, millennials would prefer sizing down on the bedroom and closets to gain more living space or even an extra bedroom.
Create flexible space. Areas that can function in more than one capacity are prized by millennials, according to building designers. Think a study closed off by sliding doors that can be opened to the living area for entertaining. Or a room with a separate entrance can be used as a guest room, space for a live-in aging parent, a separately rented-out space, or a short-term rental through a service like Airbnb.
Marry indoor and outdoor spaces. This increases opportunities for entertaining and creates a connection to the outside.
Use durable, easy-to clean materials. Millennials don’t want to skimp on design aesthetics but still look for durability and ease of maintenance in their materials, like wood plank flooring.
Install low-maintenance landscapes. This means less grass, more patio, and often elevated planters and raised beds that allow millennials to grow flowers and herbs, even some food crops.