Multi-Generational Home Extensions
Add space to your home for extended family | Live-in grandparents | Adult-aged children
Multi-generational living – in a nutshell – is where more than one generation of related adults live together in the same house.
Multi-generational living has become the perfect solution for an increasing number of Australian families. In particular, for those with ageing parents and for adult-aged children remaining in the family home.
Double income families with children can potentially gain the fantastic benefit of having one or more grandparents living with them to assist with looking after small children. This saves the working parents the cost of childcare, reduces the cost of running two separate homes, and the grandchildren develop a special bond with their grandparents which is priceless.
For those with elderly parents that need care and support, it allows this to be provided by the extended family. This allows ageing-in-place and can significantly delay or eliminate the need to go to a nursing home. Remaining in the family home as long as possible results in a much happier outcome.
It is no secret that young adults are struggling to break into the housing market. Because of this, children are staying in the family home well into adulthood and leaving home much later in life. The need for separate living spaces inevitably becomes an issue.
There are a myriad of scenarios that create the need for multi-generational homes and inter-generational living. Whatever the reason, this is becoming an emerging trend and at Amerex we are designing and building more and more customised home extensions to meet the unique requirements of different family configurations in multi-generational living.
Once upon a time the go-to solution for multi-generational living was to build a granny flat in the yard out the back. However, nowadays with smaller block sizes and larger blocks getting subdivided, this is not always a viable option as the space is simply not available.
Many councils in Western Australia call these types of building an ‘Ancillary Dwelling’ instead of the commonly used term of ‘Granny Flat’. One limitation of Granny Flats is that most councils limit their maximum size to 70m2 which limits the design options.
At Amerex, we prefer to focus on integrated home extensions instead of granny flats. This is where the design solution is to extend the family home. This can be a second storey addition or adding a new wing to the original family home.
We provide customised home extensions that provide solutions that are unique to your family requirements.
Adding a second storey is a great solution as this separates the family zones into two distinct areas. The younger family might live upstairs and the older generation downstairs.
Adding a new wing to your existing home is also a great idea. This can be designed at the rear of the home, or with clever design, added on to the side of your existing home.
Along with one or more additional bedrooms, and a separate bathroom, it is important to add a kitchenette or second kitchen and an additional living area.
Having a door that separates the extended area or the entire wing from the rest of the home is a good idea too. This is important for privacy, to contain noise, and to allow everyone to simply maintain a sense of space.
Multi-generational living is about living together to provide support for each other, but it is also important to allow different family members to have independence. One way to achieve this is to have separate entrances that allow you to come and go as you please.
For older generations steps should be minimised or completely eliminated. Accessibility is an important future consideration and should be factored into your home design solution even if it is not needed straight away. As parent’s age, their needs will change and with a bit of forward thinking you can set your home up in advance.
For example, constructing ramps with a rail at the front or back of the home instead of steps will reduce the likelihood of a fall. Other features such as wider doorways to allow for wheelchair access and installing discreet grab rails in the bathroom areas can be factored in too.
Provides an opportunity for grandparents to live with family instead of a nursing home or care arrangement.
The cost of building your home extension can be shared between the adult children, parents, grandparents.
For families where both parents work, having grandparents at home provides a built-in carer for young children. This can save a lot of money in childcare, but best of all, the kids are at home with family.
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
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