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Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE - tay­lorknights.com.au WORDS: DANI WRIGHT PHOTOS: CHRIS GROENHOUT

TWO gen­er­a­tions un­der one roof works per­fectly well for this fam­ily.

In­stead of down­siz­ing, body cor­po­rate man­ager Ann Knights in­vited her ar­chi­tect son, Peter Knights (of Tay­lor Knights), and his wife, Tiffany (both 34), into her home to live while they saved to get fully on the prop­erty lad­der.

In re­turn, Mr Knights de­signed a ren­o­va­tion that is both prac­ti­cal and beau­ti­ful, en­abling them to live sep­a­rate lives un­der the same roof, yet still come to­gether as a fam­ily.

The front three rooms were re­tained and the back de­mol­ished and re­built in a mod­ern style with nods to the her­itage of the home, such as re­in­stalling high ceil­ings low­ered dur­ing a 1970s ren­o­va­tion.

At the front, a large and mod­ern win­dow seat over­looks a Ja­panese-style garden.

“I’m not some­one who loves a garden full of flow­ers,” Ms Knights said. “What’s more im­por­tant to me is that the garden looks good all year round and it’s a serene place you want to be in.”

The front part of the house is home to the younger gen­er­a­tion and can be closed off by a slid­ing door to the more mod­ern ex­ten­sion.

Up­stairs is Ms Knights’ wing, com­plete with a lit­tle at­tic room that’s used as an of­fice, and also a mu­sic room by her part­ner when he stays. Ms Knights’ grand­daugh­ter from Peter’s older brother loves this “se­cret” room of the house best.

“Ev­ery­one has their own space in the house for pri­vate time,” Ms Knights said. “If we were all in the one room all the time, it might be dif­fi­cult, but be­cause we re­spect each other’s space, it works re­ally well.”

Ms Knights said her son was “lovely, happy and cheeky” as a boy. And this play­ful side is ob­vi­ous in the

home. De­tails in­clude mesh floor­ing, to let light from the top floor into the kitchen, and large wooden round han­dles on doors, which draw the eye.

The home’s colour pal­ette is neu­tral. Shades of white, black and grey mix with nat­u­ral tex­tures — such as oak floor­ing, painted con­crete, and rus­tic metal de­tail­ing on a fire­place.

The home is flooded with nat­u­ral light, in­clud­ing from sky­lights. Ms Knights said the sky­light above the shower gave a glimpse of what kind of day it would be.

“It’s those things that make this house re­ally spe­cial,” she said. “For me, it’s also about the con­nec­tion of the out­doors and bring­ing that in. I love that I can look up and see the clouds moving from the sky­light above me as I’m cook­ing. Peter put so much thought into it all.”

She said that their liv­ing ar­range­ment might not be per­ma­nent, but was work­ing very well for the three of them right now.

“There will be a time when they move on and I down­size,” Ms Knights said. “For now, though, it’s per­fect and also a good step­ping stone for Peter and Tiffany to get on to the Mel­bourne prop­erty mar­ket.”

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