Wiring for a Multigenerational Household

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This past Saturday we had the cable technician come to the house to change our set up. This involved adding an additional cable box and wireless booster.

Originally only the family room had cable and the internet router was in the back bedrooom/office. Since the family room will now be our own living room, we wanted to change the cable box to a DVR and move the HD cable box that was there out into the formal living room at the front of the house.  The formal living room will now be their main living area. This will give all of us the ability to have our separate living spaces and watch whatever we want on the TV.

The router was in an office/bedroom which will now be my husband and I’s room so we moved it out to the family room to make space and to connect any streaming devices with a hard wired connection. Hard wired is always best for streaming.

Ji Sung (my husband’s father) likes to download and watch Korean TV on the computer so we also installed a wireless booster in the formal living room that gives two hardwired connections. This was a great option to ensure wireless is throughout the house and he has the ability to plug his PC in for downloading. It wall a super easy setup and best of all didn’t require additional wiring.

Since I am able to get an employee discount we were able to add a larger channel package for a cheaper price and decided to add Korean channels for his parents to enjoy. We will have to make sure they actually watch the 4 Korean channels since its $24.99 a month – yes for 4 channels! Yikes.

Do you have more than two generations in one home? How many TV’s or internet connections do you have?

Fixin’ Up to Rent

As we pack and slowly migrate items over to our new home, we are making minor fixes to our loft.

The toilet handle thats “floppy”…

the light switch that doesn’t quite stick…

the second bath that didn’t get finished being painted….

you get the idea.

All minor repairs that would not be acceptable to new renters but we have managed to look past them in the craziness of our daily grind.

The major challenge is finding the time to make these updates and fixes. The work week is practically impossible and even on the weekends we are out numbered. One person has to constantly watch the rascal and its hard to install a new light fixture without someone there to hand tools and hold the ladder. Taking care of these minor repairs ourselves will save us money that we can put towards our upcoming renovations. Little does my father know, that I will be instilling his assistance the next two weekends to help!

Here is the official to do list:

  • replace broken outside window
  • fix refrigerator water line
  • repair toilet handle in half bath
  • paint both bathrooms
  • paint kitchen neutral grey
  • replace vanity lights in both bathrooms
  • patch small hole in wall from previous electrical work
  • change light bulb in closet
  • replace light in stair way
  • fix light switch in full bath
  • clean bedroom carpet

The window repair is being out sourced since we need a custom glass order and installed. Everything else we should be able to do ourselves with the help of google. I’ll being taking photos and  blog a few “how to” posts in the next couple weeks so type your email in below to follow along!

Our Old Home

We may be moving out to a new place that better meets our current needs as a family but our old home is pretty awesome. It may lack space but it does not lack the “cool” factor.

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We currently (since we are in the process of moving) live in a converted Cigar Factory dating back to 1915. The entire building was converted to Industrial style Loft condos back in 2006. The original flooring was polished concrete with bare concrete walls on the sides. We have since installed wood flooring to make it more homey. The outside wall is original to when the building was built and boosts large rectangular windows letting a ton of light in.

The neighborhood is perfect for young couples and professionals. Local restaurants, coffee shops and breweries are within walking distance – just a few blocks. The area is known for its night life and historic architecture. Sounds amazing right? Well it is!

Except it is just under 1000 sq ft; giving only a 1 bedroom and 1 1/2 bath. The bedroom is an open loft bedroom, meaning there is no door. The bedroom, full bath and closet is literally the entire second floor which has an open railing to the downstairs. Thats not the separation or space that a family of three needs. We have enjoyed living here but it will definitely be better when we move to have separate bedrooms for us and our daughter.

 

Our Decision to Live in a Multigenerational Household

Multigenerational households are very common around the globe but less common in the United States. There are several factors that contributed to multigeneral living.

1. Care Taking

This was the number one reason we decided that multigenerational living was right for us. Ultimately, we wanted to oversee and ensure my husband’s parents would be well taken care of. The best way for us to do that is to be the main care givers. I personally wouldn’t want my care to be left to strangers that are paid marginal wages to ensure my health and safety at a place where my child cannot monitor my care closely. Therefore I wouldn’t consider treating my husband or my own parents that way.  My husband’s parents are fortunately in excellent health now but they live in a good size house that demands more upkeep everyday. We decided now was the perfect time to start this transition.

2. Combine Finances and Save!

Ever dream of retiring early? Or financial freedom? We sure have! One of the ways to help accomplish that is by reducing our expenses. Everyone can save more and lighten the financial load by chipping in under one household. Bottom line: this is the only way to ensure that if any major expenses come up, we will be able to afford it. The home we are moving into is paid off. We will have to do extensive renovations to make it comfortable for everyone. However, it’s still much cheaper than living separately or with a full mortgage. We also plan to add a larger percentage to our retirement savings at the same time. We will rent our other property and slowly have it generate positive cash flow. Hopefully, that property will be future retirement income.

3. Our Daughter

You can’t quantify this but our daughter will have the opportunity to spend extensive  quality time with her grandparents. She will certainly be bilingual since 3 out of 4 adults in the household will speak English and Korean. The neighborhood is also ideal for raising children. It boosts a Grade A Elementary school, park, swimming pools, wooded trails and ALL within walking distance!

4. Cultural Expectations

In Korean culture, there has traditionally been an expection that children will take care and provide for their elderly parents. Depending on the income level, you may even say their children are the “retirement program”.

In America, many adult children tend to regret not spending enough time with their aging parents after they pass.  This will give us the opportunity to uphold those cultural expectations and have no regrets with the amount of time spent together!

There you have it! The main reasons we have decided to give multigeneraltonal living a try. Of course, there are other more minor factors that add in. There are also the benefits to consider that my husband’s parents receive on their end. Thanks for stoping by and check back to see how we are doing!

#Team Lee