Increasingly Australians are living in households that consist of more than one generation of adults living together. This is known as multigenerational living and has been a rising trend, particularly in Australia’s major cities. According to the 2011 census, one in five Australians lived in a multigenerational household.
Multigenerational living is a growing trend due to a variety of reasons. With an ageing population, these living arrangements allow adult children to support their ageing parents and extend the time they stay outside of aged care – all while allowing family members to maintain independent lives.
In the face of continually rising prices for both buying and renting accommodation in many areas, Australians are looking at how they can maximise the use of their existing house and land. Multigenerational living is a smart solution for families to reduce the cost of living and combine resources, as well as having the added support of an extended family.
Of course, having a larger, multigenerational family under one roof can make things cramped without the right set up. Building a granny flat on your land is the ideal solution for providing additional space and privacy. Dwellings can even be separated by fencing and garden beds to create peaceful retreats for each occupant.
Granny flats can be customised to suit your needs. With each home furnished with a bathroom, kitchen, living spaces and bedrooms, it can add both space and value to your property.
For older Australians looking to downsize, who want to stay near family and are not ready for retirement living, the granny flat means independence and security.
Across the world, adult children are staying at home longer, some of whom stay even into their 30s. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 43% of 20–24 year-olds were living in the family home in 2016, up from 36% in 1981. The number of 25-29 year-olds still at home had also grown from 10% in 1981 to 17% in 2016.
This is a phenomenon that experts say is likely to stay. It’s triggering a profound rethink of how many families live their lives. Solutions like granny flats play a big role in accommodating this trend while providing a level of privacy, space and independence for everyone in the household.
Keep in mind that a granny flat isn’t just for grannies. They have a wide range of uses. For renovators, a granny flat can be a haven while builders tear things apart in their main residence. Other uses for a granny flat include a home office, teenage retreat, hobby space, guest room, private rental accommodation or a space for a live-in babysitter or pet-sitter.
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