For me, two things stole the show at this year’s Ideal Home Show – Katie Piper’s diversity catwalk and the three show homes that were on display. One of those homes was the aptly titled, ‘Home for Life’, multi generational homes styled by House Beautiful. Sponsored by Anglian Improvements, the property was custom-built, offering would-be buyers the chance to have a home that they’ve designed without the stress and expense of opting to self-build.
The idea is that multiple generations of family can live together under one roof, in the loft-living age where owning a property is no longer a given, yet we’re desperate to hold onto our sense of privacy. Separate front doors mean that family members can have the relative seclusion of coming and going as they please and there are two roof gardens which increase the feeling of spaciousness throughout.
Sharing the ground floor is what House Beautiful have called the ‘granny’s room’; a bedroom for an elderly member of the family. A dressing table and reading chair complement the pretty, feminine touches which are carried through the pale pink, cream and purple accessories. Being on the lower level means that any mobility needs are accommodated, while the private wet room to the side of the house guarantees independence while living in a house with three other generations.
A shared and oh-so-modern open plan kitchen diner and living room means that no climbing of stairs is required to make a meal and relatives are never too far away for a chat. That said, the positioning of the shared living room and cloakroom to store those coats and wet boots is clever in that it divides the young adult’s bedroom and en-suite from that of the elderly relative’s, keeping that sense of privacy intact.
Take the stairs and you’ll find a family terrace complete with outdoor lanterns and a barbecue, all aimed at entertaining visitors during the warmer months. Adults and children alike have the space to sit and play, while making the most of the (hopefully!) good weather.
A shared bathroom makes good use of teal to create a calming and welcoming space. Two doors allow a child and his/her parents to easily access the room from different parts of the floor. The child’s room also backs off of the master bedroom, which has a rather wonderful walk-in wardrobe, allowing for the parents to be within close proximity of their child.
Should the stresses of family life get too much, a sensory garden with Raft furniture provides a relaxing adult-only space, completing the picture of multi generational homes which refuses to skimp on style.
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