Remodeling your home to make room for aging parents is a growing trend among Baby Boomers. Those born at the end of the era, in the early 1960’s, are finding themselves taking on the responsibility of either caring for parents who no longer can navigate their forever home or helping them downsize to a more manageable townhouse or condo. In many cases, the most sensible solution is to sell their house, and add an extension to the home of the family that takes responsibility for the aged loved ones. As unnerving as home improvement can be, the results usually bring the satisfaction that solves the problem in a way that all family members agree with.
Some families have way more fun that they thought they would. They bond with their parents, and grandparents exert much needed influence over grandchildren they might have seen only at Thanksgiving or summer break. One family built the man-cave of their father’s dreams only to find he never felt comfortable in it. Once they added a youth bed for their nine-year-old son to the old man’s room the two could talk late into the night without the youngster having to return to his room. In no time the two became buddies and had a great time. The once shy youngster soon learned things at grandpa’s knee he’d never had time to learn before. The old man was an avid collector of arms and ammunition. He enthralled his grandson with stories of fighting in Vietnam and being a firefighter. Before long, they were pouring over catalogues from Brownell’s, a company the old man had frequented for years. They talked about survival techniques, gun safety, camping and went to the museum to see an exhibit of Revolutionary War arms and historic documents.
He was delighted when the boy showed him how to save money using a brownell’s coupon from Groupon Coupons. The old man couldn’t believe how much he saved by going online and entering a few numbers. Now, he eagerly awaits his packages when he makes an online order from Brownell’s. They even got hundreds of likes on a YouTube video when they did an “unboxing” of some memorabilia he purchased from an auction.
Not every home remodel ends with such a great story. But when it’s time to upgrade your home, you can look forward to many years of making new memories with those you love.