IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR WITH MULTIGENERATIONAL LIVING

More than 1.8 million households in Britain contain two or more adult generations! According to the National House Building Council (NHBC), there’s been a real shift in multigenerational living – from caring for elderly relatives to the ‘boomerang’ generation – meaning homebuilders like Countryside are looking at new ways to offer homes with greater flexibility. So if you are looking for more flexible living to accommodate your family, we’ve got the perfect solution for you.

Stats released by the NHBC* show that there’s an estimated demand for 125,000 additional multigenerational homes per year in the UK, yet most new build homes only offer a ‘traditional’ family layout. The survey also highlighted that Brits believe the solution to the nation’s ageing population would require a move towards multigenerational living.

The NHBC Head of Research and Innovation Neil Smith, said: “Multigenerational living offers a range of opportunities to house builders, from the targeting of suitable existing home designs to this market, to designing new homes with flexible layouts to suit different household compositions throughout a lifetime.”

Self-contained areas for privacy alongside shared communal space are key elements to the perfect multigenerational property, something that the designers here at Countryside have already incorporated into our new home layouts.

Take our Tamar home at Galton Lock for example, this contemporary design benefits from a large open-plan, ground floor layout – creating a spacious social hub – whilst the generous first floor living room offers a private space to relax. Upstairs boasts four bedrooms, one more than the average multigenerational home, which are spread across two floors. The second floor master space is also joined by the fourth bedroom, which could be transformed into an office, or even a small living area for ultimate privacy from the rest of the house.

Many families are choosing to live together to make it easier to support each other, whether that be for childcare reasons or the care for elderly family members. Plus, when sharing the cost of a larger family, it can be safer to buy with family members than with friends.

In fact, the stats confirm that the 38% increase in multigenerational homes, between 2009 and 2014, was driven largely by over over 25s who are living with their parents – including those who have moved back into their parents homes to save for their own home deposit (the boomerang generation). Whilst others simply enjoy the social benefit of living with more than one generation of their family.

So, if you’re on the hunt for your perfect living space then take a look at our developments and find out more out our three-storey homes and the enhanced specification that comes with each Countryside property.

*Figures released by NHBC, July 2017