See How 2 Families Make Life Work Under 1 Roof
Sisters Cathy Surianello and Debbie Scofield spend a lot of time together, which means their husbands and kids spend a lot of time together. So after years of joint vacations, holidays and weekends, the two families thought that living in separate houses was a bit inefficient. “All of a sudden you say, ‘We’re always together — why are we going to separate houses with cars at night? We could just go to separate bedrooms,’” says Debbie’s husband, Douglas.
That realization sparked an idea to have Cathy and her husband, Frank, and Debbie and Douglas and two of their kids live under one roof. The Scofields’ oldest child is in college and comes home for holidays and weekends, as do the Surianellos’ three kids. In 2017, the couples pooled their money and found a property in Buffalo, New York, and spent about eight months remodeling to make the home more cohesive and functional for what often ends up being 10 people living in one house.