One thing that is always in the back of our mind is what are we going to do when the boys grow up? Where will they live? Will the be able to function as typical adults? Will they have jobs? Will they just live with us forever? (I’m kind of OK with that!)
One of the things that occurred to us was that when we buy a house, it might be smart to look into buying a duplex. Not for building a property portfolio or anything- but to renovate and live in. When the boys are older, they could “move out” into their own space and still be right there.
Is that a crazy thought? It kind of tickles me to think of that kind of a set-up. Always having them close so I could keep an eye on them, make sure no one is taking advantage of them. Make sure they come home at night. You know, the typical parental concerns when you have special needs kids.
I suppose if we bought it while they were still young, we could rent it out for a few years to pay down the mortgage and then renovate as they get older. Make it just exactly how we want it. If it ever stops working for us we could use the property as a future investment- build up the retirement fund and whatever funds we’ll need to sustain the boys into old age.
Has anyone ever done this? I can’t possibly be the first person this has occurred to.
Of course, we might be just preparing for the worst here- people love to remind us that they might be geniuses who will collect a pile of degrees and stun us all.
That is a nice thought too. For now I’ll think about the perfectly awesome (and totally huge) duplex that sits on the corner of our block and imagine life living there, with my boys, for the rest of my life.