Multigenerational living arrangements — where several generations of a family live under the one roof — have been popular in countries around the world for millennia. It’s only in recent times that the lifestyle has been gaining traction among Aussie households.
In 2019, Metricon built more than 5,000 homes across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Of those, at least 30 per cent were for Australian families needing to accommodate intergenerational households, including grandparents, parents and grandkids.
Due to a combination of housing affordability and changing family values, demand for this way of living has risen significantly over the last five years. As the classic Australian TV drama Packed to the Rafters will affirm, it’s becoming more and more common for children to stay in their family home for longer, and for people to want elderly family members living at home rather than in an aged care facility.