LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.15.08

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.15.08

Abby Stone
Nov 15, 2008

111508-hng01.jpgHow are you coping with the housing crisis? Some of our friends have sold their homes and moved into rentals, some have taken in roommates, some have moved back home, while others have postponed moves and are coping with crowded circumstances by re-purposing rooms for double duty or to sleep children who, under different circumstances, might be expected to have their own rooms. This week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section examines these circumstances as well as offering a round up of storage furniture and bunk beds to help make the best of challenging space situations. Links, pics, and more, after the jump...

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Adult children moving back home with parents: Between the subprime mortgage meltdown, the housing collapse and the unemployment rate, adult children, who expected that their college years would also mean the end of living with their parents, are finding themselves returning home. There are challenges but there are also benefits. The first step, as with any successful roommate situation is to establish some rules and boundaries.

More homeowners renting out rooms: If you've got the room, taking in a roommate can help ease the pressure on your pocketbook but it's not as easy as it sounds. With many homeowners jumping on this bandwagon, there are more rooms available for rent than there are renters who can rent them. And becoming a landlord comes with its own set of challenges.

Aging parents move in with their kids: "Granny Flats" and converted garages grow in popularity as the population ages and taking in aging parents becomes more common. Making the adjustment, whether it's adding handrails to a shower or recognizing that kids may have different parenting styles, is a process.

Keeping it under wraps: When space becomes tight, double duty furniture becomes more necessary. While overall furniture sales may be in a slump, this is one category that's booming. Here are some pieces, including a few we've blogged before, that might help you make the space you have more serviceable.

Doubling Up: Bunk Beds: Staying put may mean kids that might otherwise have their own room will have to share. Bunk beds are a traditional solution to a space-challenged home. The latest incarnation of these beds offers cool cubbies and configurations beyond the usual.

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