Talking about our generations
Having the whole family under one roof can work beautifully with the right design, writes
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.