With increasing urban sprawl and an ageing elderly population, there is one kind of home we’re now seeing more of – the multi-generational home. And I have to say they rarely get lovelier than this.
This gorgeous home is a new one I recently had the pleasure of visiting. This house is named the Oak Park, in part for its leafy Nedlands locale and stunning parkland across the road but also because of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Oak Park, Illinois, from which the design team drew inspiration. This home was designed and built by custom home builder Oswald Homes, one of Perth’s oldest and most famous building companies. I’ve known the Oswald Homes team since my early days doing home stories for The West. Despite bringing to life some of the most luxurious and sometimes iconic homes in Perth (we are talking the dream houses of your childhood here – one of my fave OH houses was Hamptons-style with a cosy window seat for the kids to read books) what I also like about the OH team is that they are cool, down-to-earth people who love their jobs and genuinely want to give their every client a dream home that will make them happy for years and years to come.
While they do build smaller homes, Oswald Homes have a reputation for designing bigger homes designed for busy families and lots of entertaining. In recent years they have been asked more and more to build multi-generational homes – family homes that not only accommodate parents with kids, but elderly parents or relatives too. These homes are designed to be adaptable, with a floor plan that can accommodate a family for decades. Rooms are versatile and can often easily service more than one purpose as time goes on and a family’s needs change.
With this home, the clients were a young couple living with parents, who approached Oswald Homes to come up with their initial concept design and follow it through to documentation, construction and completion.
Oswald Homes principal designer Brook Leber said they wanted a future multi-gen home with children, parents and grand-parents living under the one roof. “Whilst they want the perks of living together, everyone needs the opportunity to be on their own and not tread on each other’s toes,” he says. “We had to create a timeless multi-generational home that can adapt and change to the changing needs of the family.”
What blew me away about these clients was that these people are impressively organised! They don’t have babies yet – but they’ve already finished building their forever family home in their dream location, where they plan to live (with their parents and future kids) for a long time to come.
Without kids themselves yet, and knowing that Brook has two little girls, the owners were more than happy to trust in his expertise as both a dad and designer to give their forever home a floorplan that was family and future-friendly.