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All in it Together

Flexible designs suitable for multi-generational living are on the rise


The creators of this gorgeous home perched high on a hilltop and boasting the finest valley views in Wembley Downs say they were inspired to produce a re-imagined home for a post-pandemic world.

Picture: Dion Robeson

Flexibility is a hallmark of the design, a direct response to the changing times as more homes become multi-generational, and the distinction between home and work life is blurred.

The contemporary coastal home, designed and built by Bacic Group, can be enjoyed in its entirety as a sprawling luxury residence, with seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, two kitchens plus a third kitchenette, multiple living areas, a rooftop pool, and parking for up to seven cars.

Or it can cater for the needs of up to three groups or generations allowing all to live under the same roof but still have separation.

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This type of living is becoming more popular around the world as real estate prices soar and people realise the benefits of living and sharing costs with other extended family members or close friends.

With strategically positioned doors, the home can be divided into three distinct zones – a 4×2 residence on the upper floor, and separate 2×1 and 1×1 apartments on the ground floor. Each zone has its own living area, kitchen and alfresco.

Another possible benefit of this clever design is that it is ideal for those looking for an additional income source such as Airbnb.

Picture: Dion Robeson

Picture: Dion Robeson

Bacic says multi-generational homes now account for half of the group’s design and building work, and the trend has gained significant momentum since the pandemic began.

“This is the biggest trend we’re seeing in residential architecture,” Bacic Group director and interior designer Elvira Nuic says.

“If you’re picturing a dated granny flat at the bottom of the garden, it’s not that! Imagine separate wings, often with access to a pool or outdoor room, and complete with a gourmet kitchen.”

Special consideration has also been made to air quality, with ample natural ventilation and each zone fitted with a separate air-conditioning unit. This unique feature would allow occupants to more safely self-isolate if required.

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“It’s become clear since the pandemic began that things may not return to the way they were,” Elvira says. “This home demonstrates how design can evolve during times of crisis, and meet the demands of the moment.”

Picture: Dion Robeson

For the Bacic team, this includes a focus on functionality. Elvira says the team asks, “What three things can happen in this room?” which prompts a lot of thinking outside of the box.

In this case, each of the bedrooms is large enough to be transformed into a private gym or home office.

Picture: Dion Robeson

“Many high-end clients want space for multiple home offices as one or both now work from home at least some of the time. They also want a dedicated remote learning room for their children in case lockdowns and home-schooling return.”

The flexible living arrangement hasn’t come at the expense of style, with refined interiors and a bold structure that embraces Bacic Group’s love of concrete and minimalism.