Building for the future

Atlas Living's Eco 70 offers independent living at the back of a property and is an ideal choice for those with elderly parents or adult children

Multi-generational living is a concept that is become increasingly important to homebuyers, with many actively looking for homes that cater specifically for the extended family group. It can also be the reason to extend a home and require a considered layout.

But for those who don't want to move to a bigger home or necessarily extend, there is an option which is practical and allows for independent living, especially if elderly parents or relatives are moving into your property.

You can incorporate more living space - perfect for grandparents to enjoy independent living or for children who refuse to move out of home - with Atlas Living's Eco 70, a contemporary, freestanding living unit that can be added to your block, pending council approval.

The Eco 70 is the ideal size for grandparents with two bedrooms, one bathroom , an open kitchen/living zone and measuring 9.lm wide and 7.9m deep. Atlas Living's marketing manager Jaye Smith says the traditional granny flat has been updated as families are once again looking for affordable home options to keep elderly family close by.

"The old granny flat has come a long way and this contemporary solution mean s older children, in-laws and extended family can have independence and space, but still be close to home," she says. "Our linked extensions also provide an alternative to traditional extensions, with minimal disruption to family life during construction."

Jaye says council approvals for additional dwellings on home blocks are relatively simple and Atlas Living's sales team are always happy to walk homeowners through the process. "Depending on your council and the configuration of the space, the approval will generally be classed as a 'habitable outbuilding' or 'dependent accommodation'," she says. "Common requirements are a maximum size for the granny flat, minimum setbacks from your rear and side boundaries, and nominated private open space.

"Our experienced sales team will be able to ask all the right questions for your council area to ensure the approval process is as easy as it can be." On display at Atlas Living's Clovelly Park display centre, the sleek Eco 70 has been showcased with accessibility at the forefront of the home 's design. This can be seen from the ramp leading up to the front deck, ensuring the entrance to the building is wheelchair and walker friendly, which is a practical consideration for the elderly.

Sliding doors open to a full-size contemporary kitchen, complete with breakfast bar seating and ample storage. A generous living room is adjacent and large windows flood the space with natural light. "The living area also features a high raked ceiling and louvre panels alongside the large windows, bringing light and air in and opening up the space for energy efficient and sustainable living," Jaye says.

Off a neat hallway, you will find two bedrooms, one with a built-in robe. A spacious bathroom is nestled between and features a shower, a vanity unit and a toilet , plus a linen cupboard in the hallway. Although the Eco 70 has been designed with multi-generational living in mind , it would also suit as accommodation for additional income or as a separate studio or home office, and provides homeowners with plenty of flexibility for future needs.

Priced from $63,800, the design offers an affordable option to homeowners looking for additional flexibility to accommodate extended family needs.

Features you'll love

Contemporary kitchen: Offering an airy decor. the sleek full-size kitchen is as stylish as it is practical - boasting a large island bench, ample storage and overhead cupboards.

Multi-generational: Whether you have children who won't move out of home or elderly parents who you want to look after, this design offers an affordable option to homeowners in need of extra space.

Good design: A mono pitch roofline soars creating a feeling of increased space, while the contemporary look all combine to create an attractive outbuilding you can admire in your backyard

 

The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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