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Not all families are the same

If you’ve got teenagers, boomerang kids or adult offspring yet to fly the nest you may well be looking for a home design that helps you all co-exist happily under the same roof.

Remember! When it comes to family homes, it’s definitely not a case of one size fits all.

Homes for families with children well into their teens and beyond usually have very different design priorities to those planned with young children in mind.

That’s not to say you can’t design a home that covers both stages – young kids and older kids. You most definitely can. It just means that if you’re diving into the new-home design process with older kids at home, you might want to take some specific considerations into account.

The same applies if you’re part of what has been dubbed the ‘sandwich generation’ and have your parents or in-laws living with you, as well as your own young adult offspring.

So, what do you look for when it comes to home designs that will suit two – or three – generations at the same address?

Over our 100+ years of building homes for families of WA, we've discovered there's probably a few features that stand-out as being the most requested. Our designers would rate these 6 as our top features when designing a home for families with older children.

#1: Zoning

We know you love them, but trust us when we say separation is key when it comes to accommodating young adults in your new home design. Dedicated zones will give everyone the space they need, whether that’s achieved with a two-storey design that gives parents their own wing upstairs, or a single-storey design with the master suite at one end of the house and the minor bedrooms at the other.

#2: Flexibility

If you’re making the most of today’s smaller blocks it makes sense to design flexible spaces that can evolve as your family’s needs evolve. For example, rather than having a dedicated guest bedroom that’s rarely used, you might want to design a space that could double up as a hobby room, teenage hangout or study.

#3: Big bedrooms

Minor bedrooms that can easily fit a double bed and desk are a great idea if you have the space. You could even take it up a notch if you have room to add a small sofa so that a simple bedroom becomes more of a mini suite.

#4: Large garage

A large garage with dedicated storage space is essential for families with older kids as you find yourself wrestling with the paraphernalia that accumulates through sports, hobbies and outdoor pursuits, not to mention the boxes of precious belongings that boomerang kids love to leave you with. A 3-car garage is also an option to allow you to keep all the family cars under cover and secured.

#5: Second living area

If space permits, a second living area is a big plus as it means adults and young adults can head to separate spaces when entertaining friends. A room earmarked on a plan as ‘home theatre’ would do the job nicely.

#6: Extra bathroom

A third bathroom is a great option if you want to give the young adults in your family their own bathroom, separate to one that your guests would use. One idea is to position a third bathroom between two bedrooms so that both young adults have ensuite access.

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