Three or even four generations of family members living in a single home is becoming a lot more common than it used to be. According to Pew Research Center, there are nearly 60 million multi-generation households which accounts for 18% of all households in the US. The economy being what it is, more families are finding it advantageous to stick together in a single home. One setback with this option, however, is that many homes aren’t suited for multi-generational families. There are a few things that a home needs to support this lifestyle. Multi-generational occupants want the option of privacy for when they need it but also a communal space where it’s easy for everyone to get together. Each generation needs certain amenities in order to have that privacy throughout the day. So if you’re considering a multi-generational living arrangement, here are three home remodeling tips you’ll want to remember.
Privacy and separation
It’s fun when multiple generations of a family can get together and having them all under one roof makes it especially easy. But everyone is going to want some alone time occasionally. Sometimes grandma and son-in-law will want to watch different programming, or grandpa will be trying to fix himself a snack while daughter is trying to prepare a meal. When you convert an existing space such as a basement, garage, or guest suite, into a living area in a multi-generation home, it’s important that the space have at least two entrances-one that will allow access to common areas in the home and one that provides an exit directly to the outdoors. This will allow everyone to come and go as they please without inferring with anyone else.
For effective separation, you’ll also need to make sure that each generation has everything they need for independence. That means the space will need a kitchen or kitchenette, a bathroom with a tub and/or shower, and an adequate sleeping space and living space. The cooking area and bathroom will of course require running water so be mindful about the possible arrangements based on where piping is. You can save money by opting for above-floor plumbing so you won’t have to cut into the walls or floors.
Established communal areas
If you do a multi-generation home right, there will be sufficient compartmentalization so that everyone can enjoy their privacy. That means that since you aren’t forced to be elbow-to-elbow all day, every day, you’ll actually want to spend time together occasionally. So make sure that communal spaces such as the family room where everyone watches a movie or game together and the dining room will need to be able to accommodate everyone. There needs to be plenty of seating and these spaces should incorporate features that appeal to everyone.
Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.