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Multi-generational home extensions and inter-generational living is an emerging and growing trend

First things first. What is multi-generational living?

Multi-generational living – in a nutshell – is where more than one generation of related adults live together in the same house.

 

Who is multi-generational living for?

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.

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Grandparents looking after grandkids

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.

 

Ageing in place – Care in the home in a safe family environment

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.

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Adult-aged children staying at home

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.

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Custom Home Extensions to support multi-generational living are a great solution

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.

Character Home Renovation and Addition Main Bedroom was extended and heritage features retained

 

Granny Flats and Ancillary Dwellings

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.

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Integrated home additions for extended family living

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.

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Home Design considerations for your Multi-generational Home Extension

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.

Multiple Living Areas and privacy options

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.

Separate Entrances

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.

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Accessibility factors and future proofing your home

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.

 

Key Advantages of a Multi-generation house extension/renovation

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.

Contact

If you would like more information about any of our services contact us today

t:(08) 9227 1822   e:info@amerex.com.au

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10 Monger Street, Perth WA 6000
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
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Cymbie Burgoyne
Cymbie Burgoyne
01:41 17 Jan 19
I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension. Their's is a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion. This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project management ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency. Very Happy!
Laila Gizzarelli
Laila Gizzarelli
07:11 19 Dec 18
We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations. We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule. We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complemented on the amazing final result. We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way( Kelly, Loretta, Maryanne and Pete !)
Eric Trevaskis
Eric Trevaskis
06:21 11 Dec 17
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
Jacqui Seymour
Jacqui Seymour
05:52 09 Aug 17
AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
Rachel Green
Rachel Green
03:57 04 Aug 17
Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
Phillip Madden
Phillip Madden
02:52 24 Nov 16
From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for. The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes. Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain. We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Christine Tonkin
Christine Tonkin
09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
Dona Mecham
Dona Mecham
04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
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