WITH an ageing population, working parents and the ever-present Australian dream to own property, multigenerational homes are on the rise.
Multigenerational living occurs when two or more generations live under a single roof.
According to a paper delivered to the State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, over four million Australians lived in multigenerational homes.
It accounts for a massive one in five Australians, with proportions higher in major cities.
Local Hotondo Homes builder Trent Allen says there is a huge range of reasons families may choose to live in multigenerational homes, including:
• Working parents: If both parents are working full-time, it may be convenient for grandparents to move in to look after any children.
• Affordability: Adult children may be looking to save for a deposit, which can be easier if they still live at home with their parents. Some families may also choose to purchase a home together to ease the burden of a mortgage, or if they could not do it on their own.
• An ageing population: Children whose elderly parents need care may choose to live with them for care arrangements and support.
“When a home is large enough for multigenerational living, it can be a mutually beneficial arrangement,” Trent says.
“Grandparents can spend more time with the family, it is easier to save money and everyone can live in a safe and supported environment.”
These days, many builders offer numerous designs that would be suitable for multigenerational living.
When searching for a home, be sure to consider the size of the bedrooms, the location of bathrooms and whether you are going to require more than one living space.
A duplex option
The first, and perhaps most obvious choice, for a multigenerational home is to look at a duplex option.
It offers the ability for two generations to easily live side by side, without invading each other’s space. With completely separate living areas, kitchens and bedrooms all within the one dwelling, duplexes are a great way to fully utilise a block of land and achieve a multigenerational home! Try Hotondo’s Aon 265.
Homes that offer a walk-in-robe and en-suite in every bedroom can help give a family extra privacy as well as their own space.
More and more of these homes are becoming available.
The Como 449 from Hotondo Homes is one of them.
A loft design
For something a little bit different, a loft home provides the perfect space for an extra family member.
Upstairs and away from the rest of the living areas, it can easily become the perfect retreat for an adult child. Try the Highlander 329.
Extra living space
For families who would like the option to convert their home to suit multiple generations down the track, a second or third lounge area in the home can easily be closed off, creating a new bedroom for another generation.
The Erskine 240 offers a semi-private living area perfect for this.