Multigenerational living has gone from being a buzz word to a booming industry in Australia.
As financial pressure continues to mount in the wake of Covid-19, Gold Coast’s most awarded builder and Director of Sanctuary 28, Don Cotterill, says that extended family, finances and functionality are the key considerations for building and renovating right now as multigenerational living becomes the norm.
“More often than not, clients are seeking a solution for multigenerational living”, says Don Cotterill.
“They either need extra space for children as they transition into teenagers and young adults or a self-contained residence for grandparents as they become less mobile or socially connected”.
Of course, extra space is not the only bonus. Consolidating housing debt is a common driver of multigenerational living too.
“Whether it’s adult children staying at home longer while they save for their own home deposit or parents and children co-purchasing property – we’ve certainly noticed the increase in demand for multigenerational living on the Gold Coast”, Don explains.
Sanctuary 28’s newest architecturally designed display home in Broadbeach – The Corner House – is a prime example of multigenerational functionality.
The Corner House features two floors of sundrenched living space with four bespoke bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, expansive kitchen and entertaining areas, resort-style swimming pool with a built-in water cabana, as well as an adjoining fully-contained living or work space – all under the one roof!
An impressive two-storey, landscaped courtyard/atrium lies at the centre of the 412 square metre home, creating a pristine vista enjoyed from all areas of the house whilst maximising family privacy.
“For us, The Corner House is an important showcase of what Sanctuary 28 can deliver for a bespoke residential home on the Gold Coast”, says Don.
“The city is maturing, so must our creativity around functional family homes that can both accommodate the rise of multigenerational living and work-from-home arrangements but also the importance of finding peace and privacy from our increasingly busy lives”.
According to Sanctuary 28’s Don Cotterill, there are three key considerations for multigenerational living when either renovating or building new:
- Privacy – Whilst you may be only meters apart, it’s essential to create the sense of having your own space that can be closed off from others as needed;
- Self Sufficient – The space needs to be sustainable without reliance on the main residence;
- Design Continuity – The two dwellings / spaces should compliment one another in style and design.
The Corner House was designed in consultation with Architect Paul Uhlmann. Not dictated to by any particular style or fashion, Paul responds to the individual requirements of each client and site.
“Don had a clear vision for the challenging corner block, and it was a joy to bring the display to life. We created a textured facade at the front of the property which beckons an urban oasis. The combination of stone, brick, wood and glazing adds to the resort-style feel”, says Paul.
“The main living zone is positioned on the south with the self-contained space to the north. These two distinct spaces are merged by the central courtyard and atrium which feature substantial glazing, allowing for maximised natural light, ventilation and the inward focus on aesthetic”.
Situated on a prominent corner at 70 TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, The Corner House demonstrates how to maximise multigenerational living. Now open for display, visit https://s28.com.au
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Words: Kobi Facto
Photo credit: Andy Macpherson