Impress Your In-Laws with a Home Ready for Multi-Generational Living
Whether it’s a fully-equipped guest bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe, or multiple spaces for relaxing, either alone or as a family, we’re taking a look at all of the features to consider if you’re wanting to impress your in-laws with your new home.
How to Design A Home for Multiple Generations Living Under the One Roof
As the Great Australian Builder, we know that every household, and every family dynamic, is different.
And when it comes to taking these dynamics into account during your new home build, design needs to be front of mind, rather than an afterthought - especially when it comes to multi-generational living.
For some, this might mean having a comfortable space that’s ready for in-laws to move into long term. Others might want to be prepared for elderly grandparents coming to stay or adult children who are taking a little longer to fly the nest while they save up for a place of their own.
Over the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve also seen these different family dynamics shift and evolve, as we’ve grappled with new ways of living, working and connecting with our loved ones.
The good news is, we’re ready with a wide range of affordable and flexible floor plans that can help you tackle common challenges, like mobility, privacy and communal living, that come hand in hand when you have multiple generations living under the same roof.
So, let’s take a deep-dive into some of our best floor plans for welcoming your in-laws or extended family into your new Simonds home.
Berrick 38, SA
A well-thought out home that provides a masterclass in family living, the 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom Berrick 38 is the perfect option for households searching for flexibility.
When mobility and ease of movement is a priority, having a fully-equipped guest bedroom on the ground floor, featuring an ensuite and walk-in robe, becomes a non-negotiable. Giving the in-laws or grandparents their own private space, but still placing them only a stone’s throw away from the hub of the home.
While thoughtful considerations, like the private study just off the master bedroom allow you to separate work and play. Rather than having work spill out onto the kitchen island or dining table while relatives are pottering about during the day, you can get the peace and quiet needed to knuckle down.
Empire 42, VIC
As we’ve embraced open plan living in modern homes, one of the challenges that we’ve encountered is perfecting the balance between social connection and privacy.
With a separate front lounge, upstairs children’s rumpus and master bedroom retreat, the Empire 42 gives everyone in the household their own space to chill out and relax, away from the main kitchen, living and dining. This becomes especially important when you think about how we tend to watch Netflix on separate devices or game for hours on end.
Along with a fully-equipped, ground floor guest bedroom ensures that ease of movement is covered for in-laws or elderly relatives, another added bonus of the Empire 42 is walk-in robes to all of the bedrooms. These go a long way if you’ve got late-teens or adult children who appreciate the extra built-in storage.
Marsden 34, NSW
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, preparing for multiple generations living under the one roof is all about creating spaces that support spending time alone, as well as coming together as one.
In our 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom Marsden 34, you see clever design in the inclusion of an upstairs rumpus and front lounge; as well as the ever-so-subtle touches in the layout of the open plan kitchen and dining, with the family lounge carving out its own nook amid the free-flowing space.
Even if you don’t envision multi-generational living on the horizon for your family, having a fully-equipped guest bedroom, fitted with an ensuite and walk-in robe will come in handy as you welcome friends and family into your home who are long overdue for an extended stay.
Murnane 32, QLD
It’s no secret that there’s rising challenges for young Australians who are looking to get their foot in the door of the property market, and as a result of this, we’re seeing them stay in the family home for longer while they save up for a deposit.
If this is the case, you’ll want a floor plan that’ll keep everyone comfortable in the home throughout these important transition periods, as teenagers approach adulthood and beyond.
In our 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom Murnane 32, walk-in robes in every bedroom provide the whole household with that extra bit of storage, while a downstairs bathroom and a separate WC from the main upstairs bathroom become important additions during the frantic morning rush out the door.
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