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Creating a multi-generational home

Posted 20 January 2020

Renovating or extending the family home to accommodate multiple generations is a growing market in residential building.

Family residences that are home to two or more generations of the one family are becoming more commonplace these days, thanks to our ageing population and children choosing to stay at home longer due to rising house prices.

Summit Renovations have compiled the following tips for home owners considering re-configuring their family home to create a residence to suit multi-generational living:

  • To create a space to accommodate grandparents that they can call their own, converting the existing ground floor master bedroom into a new space with a new master bedroom, ensuite, walk-in robe and additional sitting/living room is an easy solution. This creates a convenient ground floor space for grandparents – particularly if mobility is an issue and stairs could present a struggle. You can then create a brand new, luxurious master retreat upstairs for mum and dad!
  • Alternatively, depending on your home’s layout, you could convert the rear section – which typically is the children’s domain consisting of three bedrooms and a bathroom – into self-contained ancillary accommodation with a bedroom, bathroom, toilet and even a kitchenette.  You can then create a new children’s wing upstairs comprising of three bedrooms, an activity room, bathroom and separate toilet.
  • If you have land to spare, how about considering creating a separate, self-sufficient space for grandparents? This can still be attached to your home to ensure there is still a close family dynamic. This way all members of the family – grandparents, grandchildren and parents – have their separation and privacy as needed.
  • When designing your renovation to accommodate an older generation, it is important to incorporate wider passages, hobless showers, extra grab rails, non-slip surfaces and even toilets, which sit slightly higher. Creating functional and comfortable spaces that in the future if necessary, can be wheelchair or walking-frame friendly is vital.

Thank you to Summit Renovations Designer, Ashley Tunley for your tips for this blog.



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