Talk­ing about our gen­er­a­tions

Hav­ing the whole fam­ily un­der one roof can work beau­ti­fully with the right de­sign, writes

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The only way was up when the own­ers of a dou­ble-brick home in Wil­loughby de­cided it was time to ex­tend. Fadi Fad­hil of Cre­ative Spa­ces Ar­chi­tects says the own­ers had a very spe­cific re­quest.

They wanted their home to ac­com­mo­date not only them­selves and their adult son, but also their daugh­ter and her fam­ily.

So Fadi set to work de­sign­ing a home to suit three gen­er­a­tions of the one fam­ily.

Rather than ex­tend­ing the foot­print of the three-bed­room house on the 365sq m site, the log­i­cal step was to cre­ate a new level.

“The up­per level has three bed­rooms, a fam­ily room, bath­room and a bar,” Fadi says.

“So the own­ers and their son are down­stairs, while their daugh­ter, her hus­band and their chil­dren live up­stairs.”

Di­vided but united

Hav­ing two com­pletely sep­a­rate homes on the one site didn’t ap­peal to the own­ers, who pre­ferred to keep the feel of a sin­gle two­s­torey house.

So the home’s new L-shaped stair­way is com­pletely open and serves as a vis­ual link be­tween the two lev­els.

Ren­der was re­moved from one wall to ex­pose the bare brick, which acts as a back­drop to the stair­case and three win­dows bring more light into the space.

While there were some changes down­stairs, the three orig­i­nal bed­rooms at the front were re­tained, along with two bath­rooms and the orig­i­nal liv­ing room.

Walls were de­mol­ished to cre­ate an open­plan kitchen and din­ing area down­stairs, with bi-fold doors open­ing to the back­yard.

“I sug­gested we open the wall be­tween the din­ing and liv­ing room as well, but they wanted some pri­vacy,” Fadi says.

“They close the door and stay in the front sec­tion, leav­ing the sec­tion out the back for their daugh­ter, although they of­ten come

A mix of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing tim­ber and glass link the up­per and lower lev­els.

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