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February 22, 2015

Sunday Times, Home Magazine February 22nd.

There are just two weekends left to be inspired by Switch Homes’ Banksia display, which demonstrates that flexibility can often be the key when building a multi-generational home. This Wandi showcase has all the hallmarks of a forever home, with its adaptable, well-zoned spaces, impressive specification and four bedroom, three-bathroom layout. From practical spaces for toddlers, teenagers or adult offspring, to making the grandparents feel right at home, the carefully considered design enables several generations to live happily together under the one roof.

Damian Monteleone, sales and marketing manager at Switch Homes, says the flexible layout means clients can make simple changes at the planning stage to give everyone a space they can call their own. “When you do have people of different generations – living together, you need to be able to create your own spaces,” Damian says. To help avoid a clash between Beyonce and Beethoven, the bedrooms, bathrooms and multi-purpose room in the Banksia can be altered to suit with just a simple stroke of the designer’s pen. The second and third bedrooms could become one supersized space to give grandparents their own retreat, and the multi-purpose room can be turned into the fourth bedroom. Or the grandparents could take the existing fourth bedroom and connect it to the multi-purpose room.

A third bathroom often becomes a must-have when considering multi-generational living, adding that extra layer of practicality and harmony to a busy home. “If you have two older kids at home, for example, they could take bedroom and a bathroom each,” Damian says.

At the front of the house, the master suite and the study become the parents domain, with options to combine both rooms to create a huge independent sanctuary. “There’s flexibility in the plan for a lot of different outcomes, with the ability to modify it to suit given circumstances,” Damian says. “That’s why this plan works for multi-generational living better than a lot of others.” The cinema room becomes an extra communal living and entertaining space, while the sliding doors from the large open-plan kitchen, family room and dining area connect the indoors with the outdoors, where Switch Homes has added a seperate entertaining room and a pool.

The Banksia closes its doors to the public from March 2.

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