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Could it Work?

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | Tags: Autism | 6 Comments »

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 and maybe we can even get a home care service as Partners for Home to take care of everything for us.

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.Has anyone ever done this? I can’t possibly be the first person this has occurred to.

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.


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6 Comments on “Could it Work?”

  1. 1 Salt in Suburbia said at 10:56 pm on February 23rd, 2012:

    What a great idea! Seriously, I love your thinking. I also want that setup for my parents someday when they get older and need help (you know so they can have their own house, but be right next door where we could help out anytime). The Amish have a concept like this. They add on a little house to the main house called a "Dawdi" house. It is a complete small house attached to the main house where the grandparents live. Anyway, I digress. My twins don't really know what a duplex is, but described one perfectly when one of them was telling me how, when they grow up, they are going to have two houses right next to each other, connected, but "you know mom, with two separate doors." I hope this works out for them!
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  2. 2 Beki said at 11:02 pm on February 23rd, 2012:

    It will always be a concern, won't it?! One day at a time. 😉
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  3. 3 Heather said at 11:48 pm on February 24th, 2012:

    We bought a single family home and then made the basement a full "mother in law" apartment (kitchen and all) in the lower level. For now Jared's mom lives there…but we wanted to have that option for the future.

  4. 4 Tessa said at 10:45 am on February 25th, 2012:

    I know exactly what you mean. We hope for the best, but I think it's smart to plan for the worst case scenerio. I love your duplex idea!
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  5. 5 lianemarkus said at 9:13 am on February 27th, 2012:

    This is exactly and definitely a brilliant idea. I am sure people who will be seeing this will also have the same or similar reaction to what you have said here on your post. Thanks once again for another great idea and blog that you have for us today.
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  6. 6 Ashlee_DiaperCo said at 3:46 pm on March 3rd, 2012:

    Great idea! Alex and I bought a duplex as our first "house" (but for the rental portfolio reason) and it's cool to have two spaces. You could always temporary do the "rent half of it" thing too if it was spacious enough, which if anything could give you money to spruce up the property or even vacation funds :).

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