The modern family: Multi-generational living

20 April 2020 - 6 min read

What is multi-generational living?

As the name suggest, multi-generational living allows for multiple generations of a family to live in a home together. You can have a mix of grandparents, parents and children all sharing the family home together.

This type of family living has become increasing popular. As house prices and cost of living increase, families are living at home together for much longer to save money. The aging population is having an influence too, with the high cost of aged care, some families are choosing to care for the elderly in their own homes.

What home designs cater for multi-generation living?

We have some specific design such as the Stanhope 41, Scottsdale 33 and the Sandford 47 that caters for multi-generational living specifically. Click the links to find out more!

  • The Stanhope 41 is our double storey home that is suitable for a 12.5m wide block (ideal for new estates). This home gives the downstairs bedroom suite its very own  large dual access living room.
  • The Scottsdale 33 is our single storey home that is designed specifically for multi-gen living, it’s a unique design as most single storey homes struggle to fit two bedroom suites, but this home does it with ease.
  • The Sandford 47 is our award winning double storey home which contains two large master bedrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs (perfect for grandparents!)

We have many other homes that can be adapted quite easily through pre-determined design options to make it suitable for multi-gen living. Popular options include an additional bedroom suite downstairs or adding a shower to the downstairs powder room.

What are the must-haves?

Every family is uniquely different so it’s important to take your personal situation into account. Some families require a completely separate space for grandparents including their own bedroom, bathroom, and lounge; whereas other clients are happy to have just a separate bedroom with ensuite.

Zoned living is essential. Each segment living in the home needs their own privacy and living space, with a shared communal space (hello kitchen!). It’s a balancing act, but when done right it can result in these homes working functionally.

What is the difference between a multi-generational home and a traditional design?

Multi-generational home designs have effective family zoning throughout the home. Our award winning design, The Standford 47 design does this really well. It manages to create a games area upstairs ideal for kids, a formal lounge downstairs for grandparents and a larger family, meal area as a shared space for all. This allows for these different family groups to live together in harmony.

The new age of multi-gen design enables families to future proof their homes, rooms are able to be converted into what the family needs are at that moment. A kids rumpus room may become a theater and then in time  become a grandparents retreat. These homes are dynamic for the ever changing family.

What are the benefits to creating a multi-generation home now?

It’s all about future proofing your home as much as you can now.

Building a home is a big task, but having to do renovations down the line can be extremely costly. So it’s best to do it now if you’re thinking about building your new home.

When it works, multi-generation homes are extremely effective for the whole family. There are so many benefits for multiple generations to live together, children spending time with their grandparents and  saving on costs of running multiple households.

Our top tips to future-proof your multi-generation home

  1. An easy one is to add in a shower to the powder room downstairs. This is costly to do later, but it’s perfect if you have grandparents moving in who cannot use the stairs to access the main bathroom.
  2. Think about zoned living, if you have children you need to consider their space when they are older. The age children who are moving out is getting older – so be prepared you might have them around for a while! Enable a kids rumpus room to be able to be transformed into a more private space such as a study.
  3. If you can, have an ability to transform a living space into a bedroom if needed for grandparents if you don’t have a bedroom downstairs. Be prepared your formal lounge or theatre room might have to be closed for an additional bedroom.

Want to see this home for yourself? Travel through our 360 virtual tour of the Standhope 41 and see a multi-gen home come to life.

Walk-through the Stanhope 41

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