As the cost of buying and building houses continues to rise, more families are considering a multi-generational build.
Research from UNSW Sydney’s City Futures Research Centre shows one in five Australians live in a multi-generational household.
We find there are many different reasons people seek this design, including cultural tradition, affordability, nanny/au pair living quarters, peace of mind by having aged family members close by and adult children living at home longer.
There is also an increased sense of safety and security with more adult residents, as homes are much less likely to be left empty for an extended period of time.
Ensure sufficient living spaces and adequate toilet and shower provisions to prevent clashes. You can also create dual-purpose spaces, meaning the house can evolve as the family and living situation changes.
Open-plan living can also be beneficial to cater for more residents living under one roof.
“Finally, have some private areas where people can go when they need some time and space for themselves to maintain a feeling of independence.”
Along with affordability, multi-generational living comes with a number of other benefits.
You get the practicalities of sharing child-rearing responsibilities between parents and grandparents, particularly during times of high childcare costs where both parents frequently work full time.
As more people choose to generate an income from the likes of Airbnb, an intergenerational build has the potential to be another source of income.
Broadway Homes recently worked on a custom design in Victoria Park with separate living quarters and its own exclusive entry.
Subject to relevant council policies, this integration of ancillary accommodation within a design can also prove beneficial for resale value.
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