first_imgGillian Bail, along with parents Geoff and Laurace and sons, William and Alex, are a multigenerational household. (Pic Mark Cranitch)WITH housing less affordable than ever before, more Australians are favouring multi-generational living arrangements.And predictions are the number will increase.Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal in 2011, there were 531,000 “other related persons’’ living in family households.This included elderly parents living with their adult child’s family, or adult siblings living together.“The number of other related individuals in family households is projected to increase to between 781,000 and 815,000 in 2036,’’ according to the ABS.Dr Edgar Liu from UNSW’s City Future Research Centre the biggest thing driving families to live together longer was companionship.He said 55 per cent of families cited this as the main reason, while almost 10 per cent were doing it for financial reasons.“[Companionship] was by far the most common response,” he said.“It’s a way for families to stay connected, and has allowed for greater intergenerational connections.”Dr Liu’s study found the biggest issue facing multigenerational households was noise and the invasion of privacy.“A lack of privacy was voted as the most disliked factor of multigen living at 41 per cent,” he said.“Many participants said they faced issues of lack of privacy and space to be alone in beside their bedroom,” he said.“Particularly in open-plan living, which is very common these days, where there is a lot of noise-transference.”Michael Fiumara of Profile Architecture said his firm had plenty of experience with creating purpose built dual-living homes.He agreed noise was one of the biggest issues, but said a well designed home could solve those issues.With so many different age groups living together and running on different schedules, Mr Fiumara said multi-generational homes required specialised designs to ensure every member of the family was comfortable within the home.“Our aim is to “future-proof” the home design by considering the increasing life span of a home and its occupants.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoIn Coorparoo, three generations of Gillian Bail’s family live under the one roof, and have done so for the past five years.Ms Bail said the decision to share a home with her parents and two children was for a number of reasons, including an improved financial position and companionship.“My parents have always lived in the area and after downsizing, wanted to stay in the suburb,” she said.“It also meant we could live in a location that is close to the kids’ schools, and on one income, it would have been difficult for me to afford a home in this location.”Ms Bail said the sharing the expenses and bills had helped reduce financial pressure for all involved.She also said it had allowed her family to build stronger connections with one another.“My parents are at home with the children when I am at work,” she said.“This has helped them build a strong bond.Ms Bail, who works at building design company Arkistruct, said her company specialised in creating multigenerational homes, and suggested a separate dwelling could improve problems such as privacy and interference.“A detached dwelling can assist in delivering a new space to the household that allows for all members of the home to reclaim the enjoyment of their core living spaces and just as importantly, their independence,” she said.Ms Bail said overall, the positives of living in a multigen household far outweighed the negatives.“The comfort of knowing that we can rely on each other is worth it,” she said.last_img

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