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“Our passion for building inclusive, step-free homes as standard and our experience in disability code construction and more recently Specialised Disability Accommodation (SDA) has enabled us to create accessible multigenerational homes that are truly adaptable.”

T H E F U T U R E O F FA M I LY HOMES IN TOWNSVILLE Multigenerational homes are emerging as the newest trend in housing design and construction in Townsville. Award-winning Townsville custom home builder and advocate for accessible residential construction Martin Locke Homes is experiencing a notable increase of interest in multigenerational homes.

As the name suggests, multigenerational or multi-gen living is where two or more generations live together under the one roof. It’s an age-old concept that has been adopted in European countries for centuries, modernised by current construction techniques and MLH’s thoughtful, accessible design features.

“The Federal Government’s annual survey on household trends (HILDA) recorded a notable trend in the increase in multiple-family households,” Ms Peters said. “With the ongoing challenges of housing affordability and accessing mortgage finance felt more keenly in the regions, the multi-generation living could be a solution for struggling home-buyers by sharing the financial burden with other family members or aging parents.”

Mr Locke said opening his Family 310 display home at Elliot Springs one year ago – Townsville’s first highly accessible multigenerational display – had helped his team open people’s minds to the opportunities presented by multigenerational living. “It’s encouraging to see that our vision to design and build a home that could help families live together while still maintaining their privacy and independence has helped inspire Townsville families to embrace multigenerational living,” Mr Locke said.

Master Builders Queensland Regional Manager – North Queensland Emma Peters said Martin Locke Homes’ experience was in line with a broader housing trend.

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“...multi-generation living could be a solution for struggling homebuyers by sharing the financial burden with other family members or aging parents.” “I truly believe a home is more than just walls and a roof, when designed and built right, a home can create an environment that enhances the lives of those who live there,” Mr Locke said. “From building just one multigenerational home in our almost 10-year history, we’re now nearing completion of one in Elliot Springs, and currently working with at least five more families on their home designs to suit their unique family situations.

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