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Multi-Generational Housing :
Daunno Development has been a pioneer building multi-generational housing for its customers for nearly 15 years. As the owner of a multi-generational home himself, company President, Rudy Daunno, Jr. can attest that it creates a ‘home within a home’ for families with a variety of needs.  

Over the years, Daunno has built living quarters into their new homes and renovation projects that provide living arrangements for everyone from visiting in-laws, to unemployed family members, to nannys or au pairs, to unrelated tenants helping to satisfy the mortgage payment.

The Daunno’s experience in the field ranges from small single bedroom apartments to large, multi-room suites complete with separate laundry rooms, family rooms, kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms. To date, the benefits these customers have found are plentiful. 

These Benefits include:

  • Saving thousands of dollars a month in duplicate costs (money saved on rent can fund a down payment on a separate home later on.)
  • Enjoying a better quality of life, with access to better schools due to a higher combined income and budget
  • Ability to meet evolving family needs such as child day care and eldercare in a more cost effective, family oriented way.
  • Readily able to accommodate extended visits from out of state or overseas relatives

If you are interested in discussing a Multi-Generational project in more detail,
please Contact Us today.

Multi-Generation Tips:

Don’t be fooled by stories that paint a picture of Multi-Generational living that features disgruntled grandparents, resentful parents, and disengaged kids. Multi-Generational living is as old as human history, and reasserts itself whenever we face difficulties or disasters. We come together and we survive just as Rudy and his mother did. Still, a few tips and tools can help things go more smoothly:

1. Make room. It’s not the amount of space that matters, it’s the respect for independence and privacy. Make sure all members of the family have a spot they can call their own where they won't be disturbed.

2. Make nice. Before you criticize or correct a family member, review in your mind all the things you love and appreciate about the person. Even better, do it out loud. To them! Thinking good things isn’t enough. Everyone needs positive as well as negative feedback. If you can’t offer both, hold your complaints until you can.

3. Make rules mutual. To live together, you have to agree about what you'll do when you disagree. So, make sure you have some rules about conflict resolution along with house rules about food, chores, and curfews. Some families hold regular meetings, others leave notes, but the bare minimum should be five minutes of direct, face-to-face contact to catch up each day.

4. Imagine you're making a movie. When things get tough, pretend that your family members are characters in a film you're writing. It will help you get some psychological distance and enough emotional breathing room to feel in control again. You may even get a laugh.

5. Treat your family like your friends. It sounds strange, at first, but think about it: You treat your friends with patience, you listen to what they have to say, you give them advice, and you give them the benefit of the doubt. Treat your family with as much consideration as you do your friends and multigenerational living will go much more smoothly.