U-shape home to solve multi-gen­er­a­tional liv­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HOMES are be­ing re­designed to suit the needs of the ‘‘sand­wich gen­er­a­tion’’. It’s a term coined for houses tai­lored to ac­com­mo­date three adult gen­er­a­tions from the same fam­ily un­der one roof - par­ents, older chil­dren sav­ing for their own prop­erty and grand­par­ents. De­signs can in­clude a U-shape lay­out that en­sures bed­rooms for each gen­er­a­tion are as far apart as pos­si­ble and put com­mon com­mu­nal ar­eas, such as the kitchen, out­side. Pri­vacy and the lo­ca­tion of bed­rooms were the No.1 con­sid­er­a­tions when de­sign­ing a multi-gen­er­a­tional home. Th­ese houses are com­monly de­signed with the mas­ter suite at the front of the home and the bed­rooms for adult off­spring or grand­par­ents to the rear. An­other de­sign con­sid­er­a­tion is en­sur­ing the home lay­out fos­ters fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion, link­ing the cen­tral hub of the home to the bed­rooms. It’s all about bal­anc­ing pri­vacy and to­gether time.

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