See How 2 Families Make Life Work Under 1 Roof

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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.

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barbandjamie

Love this so much!

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Fsal
Wow. So inspiring!! Great story.
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aniam55
This arrangement is an amazing idea. They should make a movie about it :)
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D 51
Tremendous idea, takes a special connection of family members to keep it rolling. Loved watching the video, just beautiful!
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Carrie
That’s spectacular
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Kath
Want to see Debbie's room and bath.
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KW Valley Realty/ Trish Ingman
Love your story, more families should consider this. Great for the kids who typically don’t grow up in big families any longer.
Cheers to you all!
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plsmales
Love it, great idea, never work with my family though.
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missmgrrl
Fascinating. They must really like each other because it’s not easy to share and compromise with that many adults. Also this is a huge property which helps.
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patmcmd
Their home is beautiful, but the most beautiful thing is their love for each other.
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amelialouise3

Can I move in, too?

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Mackenzie Austin Design
I want to see more of this house! What a heartwarming story.
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Julie Caviezel
Oh my goodness, this is beautiful. I truly believe this is how God intended families to be. Thank you for sharing! ❤️
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Julie Johnson

Such an interesting, fun story and what a stunning home! The organizational components are beyond!

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abtrgirl

I'm SPEECHLESS!!!! How fabulous!!!!!!!!


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Stephanie Rountree

I LOVE generational homes! Thank you for sharing.

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Brenda Gallant

Heart-warming ...love this <3

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bozwellmom

Best Houzz story ever!! Beautiful home and family. I want to be at their table for Sauce Sunday!!


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Peace Lily

Wow!!! That story was amazing!!! It is true about generations of families living under one roof. Unfortunately, not everyone gets along with their family members. I believe this type of living provides all kinds of support in so many ways. Once again, it is not for everyone.

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ruiz4276

Made me cry. Amazing! Your family is very blessed.

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pjscdj

This is wonderful. Beautiful family and home.

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graciousspaces
That is Absolutely beautiful how both families dwell together under one roof. Reminds me of the stories my mother shares with me about her childhood of multiple families living together in one large house. It's very inspirational to see families living together like that! Love the beauty and functionality of the home!
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Kimberly
Cute doggies! Are they a specific breed?
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Tamara Marshall
This has been a dream of mine since was a little girl. Now that I know it can work I will continue to dream, hope, pray and plan.
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lydia1144

Congratulations to all of you for making this work. It is of course, not a new concept in many areas of the world, for generations to share a home. Instead of worrying about why it might not work, the husbands in this story looked for ways to make it work and to know each other well. There are many bonuses for this kind of living arrangement, not the least being based in love and resilience. The beautifully designed house is a bonus, but it can be done with less.

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denisesburks
Awesome! Love this home! Very talented sisters
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Susan

More families should do this. It brings people together and gives everyone a better quality of life.

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Gelyn Watkins
love this!
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gurukaram

Fabulous - you don't have to be related by blood to do this.


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balou79
Very cool, good for them. We have four generations in one home, also by choice.
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La Fuente Imports

I lived in an extended family situation for decades. We co-owned our home. It takes a village to raise kids and the perks financially, socially, psychologically speaking far outweigh the cons, especially in this day and age with rising housing, food & medical costs. Great video and concept for Americans to look at! In so many other regions of the world, it is totally natural to live together and take care of each other.

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Lina Chiodo
What a great family story !
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Lucy Mathers
This is FANTASTIC!! :)
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craigmerrow

Wow, this is both amazing and wonderful!

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natasha king-heath
Just love the home and how the two families have come together and blended so well.
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Diane Edwards

Awesome living situation and folks. Enjoy to the fullest. Wait till those grandbabies come - what fun!!! :-)

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William Barmore
is the only way to survive this world strengthen numbers as family
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RHONDA E. VIEIRA
Awww. This is so, so wonderful. Yes when the grands start coming!
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lmachinist

We 3 have shared co-owned homes for 14+ years. Best way to live--far better for far less. Community.

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vlhva2012

This is home and two families is exceptional! So happy to see two families who are able to live together and celebrate the families and launching of their children. These parents are great role models! Love the kitchen and balcony retreat!!!

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buster57

Totally need to see more pictures and a floor plan would be fantastic. But at 5,800 square feet - it is like living in 2 homes & then some. Sweet that they can make it work. I would like a family compound - separate homes on one property. :)

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Atisang
What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing!
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Tereza Bonafe
Oh my goodnes, this is wonderful!!!
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Linda Clower
Beautiful family, beautiful home.
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gaiane
its great! I do think its different when its two sisters vs sister in laws (talking from experience) : )
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stynisa
I’m definitely sending this to my sister lol
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user672848
So Beautiful! The story made me teary! And the house is the ultimate posh! Love the private coffee area!
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Jennifer Diggs
Beautiful
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modlodgeluv

no amount of square footage or amenities can account for the one component that makes this work, imo a singular rarity amongst siblings: they get along.

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rachelle drumgold
Just Beautiful
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Melissa Fligiel Wendt

I love this but few families could afford a home large enough where they have their own retreat space.

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clanof5

Incredible on so many levels. A reminder of what family should be.

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shoptk2
I LOVE this! All around wonderful!
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lmachinist

There is lots of info available online about different models of shared housing and how to make it work

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Christy Barnum
Beautiful family. I wish my family would do the same....
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Natalia Roob

beautiful family


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Gabrielle Jones

That's awesome! I have several times had two families living in our house..fortunately it has a really large kitchen. That way we can work around each other,and eat together or separately. I loved having them living here.

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faith_molefe

I LOVE IT!!!

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simiii
Heart warming. Beautiful home.
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mitsybaby2

It great and sad to see what has been lost in North American lives that people are shocked that families can live together. Albeit these sisters obviously have a lot of love for each other and this has spread to their husbands and children. Just as conflict is contagious so too love is contagious and these two families are a wonderful example of that. I don't actually think this can be fully achieved by having 2 separate houses on one property (as someone suggested) but it would be a start. It clearly shows how self oriented we have become in that we must have our own everything and find it difficult to comprehend anything else. Incidentally there are many couples who live in houses this size, so the bonus is that they can share in the cost and have quite a nice home. Wonderful and inspirational!

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Éva Rozsa

It is not easy to live together so many people but I think they did it:)




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lmachinist

Houzz: The comments to this article suggest more features on cooperative households of all kinds. Including how they combine their decor items to make it work harmoniously?

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mandcsmamadee

Looooovvvvve this home and family situation. I always wanted to be the Waltons, so this works for me big time. My only request is that my husband learn to cook. Anything. Anything at all.

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Kirah Merritt
Thanks for sharing! You always have such creative and interesting ideabooks! Thanks for being awesome!
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Debbie Oruma
One of the most amazing videos I've ever watched.
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sandyadler3

So inspiring! I also think the doggies are cute! Does anyone have an idea on breed(s)?

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Nurit Feldman

were can we found the lamps from the kitchen ?


   
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