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Blockbuster Living: Set Design

 

 

“Recent research by the NHBC Foundation reveals that more than 1.8 million households in the UK contain two or more adult generations”

The following article appeared in the May edition of Move To Town & Country. The full article can be viewed here.

 

Just as a multiplex cinema has different screens with films for everyone, a multi-generational home has plenty of areas to suit various family age groups.

 

Recent research by the NHBC Foundation reveals that more than 1.8 million households in the UK contain two or more adult generations.

 

As younger generations return home to save for a deposit and older generations move back in with their children, multi-generational living is becoming increasingly popular.

 

At present, only 16% of families believe their existing home would be suitable for a multi- generational existence.

 

Set Design

 

Self-builders and developers can get a helping hand from Ekkist, a new venture providing the blueprint for Ori House, a smart home that shrinks and expands – very sci-fi.

 

Chartered surveyor Olga Turner and her partner, Jonathan Baker, are marketing a building that’s more sensitive to people’s needs – from the opening scene to the last reel of life.

 

Ori House can grow with you,” explains Jonathan, “with pre-designed extensions you can add as you go, a loft you can convert, and cupboard space off the lobby that can hold a lift in the future.”

 

Initially, Ori’s annex could provide an income stream if you want to rent it out, while later providing accommodation for children or elderly relatives.

 

Jonathan argues that a home with flexible elements needn’t have a Hollywood-sized price tag attached. Ori starts at about £480,000, not including land costs, but is larger than normal at nearly 3,000 square feet. Ekkist’s also working on a more affordable townhouse prototype, housing a cast of thousands – or at least several generations of your family.