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All in the Family – with multi-generational homes

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All in the Family – with multi-generational homes

Photography by Ben Rahn

Multi-generational homes are typically defined as those in which three or more generations live under the same roof; however, the structure of these homes can vary considerably, with some families choosing to renovate and other families deciding to purchase new-builds specifically designed for multi-generational living.

What’s old is new again

Despite the rash of recent media publicity, multi-generational homes are certainly nothing new, and it may be more precise to say that they are experiencing a renaissance. In fact, prior to the second World War, multi-generational living was the norm in many North American households, and it was only in the 1950s and ’60s that young adults began moving out at 19 or 20, never to return. Moreover, in many parts of the world, especially in Southern European and South-Asian countries, multi-generational households are common, if not the norm.

Contributing factors and a ‘fun’ fact

In Canada, multi-generational living arrangements are among the fastest growing household type, with the 2016 Census showing a 37.5 per cent increase in the number of multi-generational households since 2001. There are several factors contributing to their increasing popularity including: the rising cost of detached homes and lack of inventory (AKA “the housing crisis”), Canada’s changing ethnocultural composition, the delayed marriage pattern, and longer life expectancy, with seniors 65+ outnumbering children for the first time since Canada began recording such facts.

Not surprisingly, the demand for multi-generational homes is greater in high-priced housing markets such as Vancouver and Toronto. Fun fact: Toronto recently came 12th in a ranking of the world’s most expensive places to live, according to a new report by the CBRE that analyzed housing and rental prices for 35 major cities around the world. Architects and homebuilder associations are taking note of the increased demand for multi-generational homes. According to Calgary’s Smarter Growth Initiative, “The building industry is seeing a trend in multi-generational housing across Canada.” Builders and architects are therefore adapting floor plans and certain design elements have become selling points for this growing market.

An award-winning multi-generational masterpiece

The Toronto-based architect and design firm, Williamson Williamson Inc. has noticed the increased demand for multi-generational houses. Their third multi-generational home was completed in November 2016, and is a stunning home located in Ancaster, Ontario. This contemporary home is situated on a wide lot backing onto Ancaster Creek and was awarded a prestigious Ontario Association of Architects award.

The home was designed to connect with the land and echoes its natural surroundings with a local material palette of wood and stone. The exterior is clad in 3-1/2″ thick locally sourced Algonquin limestone. Plentiful, oversized windows reflect the serenity of the wooded lot and provide abundant natural light and expansive views. The upper parts of the home are clad in milled cedar boards, which contrast beautifully with the clean, linear modern esthetic.

Design for the Ages

The home also incorporates sustainable systems and accommodations for the homeowners’ elderly parents, proving that multi-generational housing and modern luxury are not mutually exclusive.

A fully equipped ground-floor suite

As with most multi-generational homes, this home was conceived as two separate residences. The parents’ suite is situated on the ground floor (so that they don’t have to contend with the stairs), and is fully equipped with a master bedroom, living and dining space, and even an extra bedroom and bathroom should live-in help become necessary at some point in the future.

Safety First

Carefully considered added features include well-placed drains and a master power switch, which were implemented to mitigate the issues that come with memory loss, such as a sink left running or an oven left on. An induction cooktop was selected because the burners don’t generate heat, and the cooktop both cooks and cools faster than conventional burners. Wide corridors benefit from bright lighting so that the parents can easily navigate between rooms with higher lumen counts in the bathroom and kitchen areas.

Shared living spaces

As is common in most multi-generational homes, the spacious ground floor also has shared living spaces. The modern kitchen features a 20-foot-tall pyramidal ceiling, back-painted glass, polished Calacatta slabs, and a large oak island, making it the perfect place for the entire family to convene.

The dining and living room are also communal spaces, with a honed travertine fireplace built into a feature oak wall, and a statement wood-clad spiral staircase that connects the living room to the second floor, where the homeowners have their private suite.

Upper-floor private retreat

The clean, modern esthetic continues upstairs with the master bedroom where the emphasis is on the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer up the best views of the creek. The serene master bath is clad in grey marble tiles, and a custom oak library doubles as an office. Even better, the homeowners have their own private lounge with a concealed bar, perfect for one-on-one time.

Energy-efficient and eco-conscious design

With multi-generational homes, it’s important to have energy-efficient HVAC systems, and this Ancaster home doesn’t disappoint. The envelope of the house is highly insulated with triple-pane wood-frame windows. A high-efficiency furnace reduces the reliance on floor heating in the colder months, and a 37 module 9.8 kW solar array was installed across two of the flat roofs, offsetting energy consumption. LED lighting is also used throughout the home. Collectively, these measures result in a low-energy, eco-conscious home.

A smart solution with multiple benefits

As lifespans and housing prices continue to rise, multi-generational housing will provide a smart solution for families willing to embrace it. In fact, as long as privacy and autonomy are preserved, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks: close familial relationships, live-in caregivers for the young and the aged, and, of course, the pooling of financial resources. It doesn’t get much better than this – especially when you have the means to customize a beautiful home like this Ancaster Creek stunner.

For those who are considering this lifestyle but are constrained by more restrictive budgets, a great option is the FlezHouz by Marshall Homes, with a base price of $1.6 million. Essentially, the FlezHouz is a large house with a smaller independent house contained inside it. Make no mistake, these homes are well planned and constructed, and have been selling out fast since 2018, when an enterprising GTA builder named Craig Marshall foresaw the need for multi-generational housing in the high-priced Toronto market.


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Rosehaven Homes - Inventory Collection

Rosehaven Homes’ Inventory Collection not to be missed

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Rosehaven Homes’ Inventory Collection not to be missed

If you’re in the market for a new home, there are likely many factors weighing on your purchase decision. Consideration has to be given to things such as location, price and size. Rosehaven Homes takes all of these factors into account with the development of each new community. Rosehaven has more than 25 years of experience building high-quality homes with countless satisfied new homeowners.

If you’re one of those families who want to move into a brand-new home as soon as possible, and not wait the average 1.5 to two years to build, Rosehaven Homes has a wonderful selection of expertly-crafted inventory homes in some of the most popular, thriving communities in and around the GTA.

On the Ridge – Stoney Creek

On the Ridge is a wonderful community located in Stoney Creek, comprised of beautiful freehold townhomes located on the Niagara Escarpment just off Upper Centennial Parkway, north of Highland Road West and south of Mud Street West. The inventory selection at On the Ridge currently features stunning 3-bedroom townhomes ranging from 2,232 to 2,272 sq. ft. These have been designed with a convenient and functional floorplan, perfect for a family just starting out or form those looking to downsize!  Stoney Creek is the ideal location for those who enjoy a life of relaxation and spectacular views. Your new home is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking parks, trails and waterfalls in southern Ontario. Click here to view our inventory homes at On the Ridge.

Tiffany Hill – Ancaster

Rosehaven’s inventory collection at Tiffany Hill is made up of gorgeous semis ranging from 1,615 to 1,800 sq. ft. These homes are designed with spacious, three-bedroom floorplans that accommodate first-time homeowners or empty nesters who have a busy lifestyle. Ancaster is a captivating town located just west of Hamilton. It is a diverse, culturally rich area known for its small-town feel and fascinating heritage – all waiting to be explored.  Click here to view inventory homes at Tiffany Hill.

The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant – Brampton

Immerse yourself in all of the wonders Brampton has to offer at The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant. We have a great selection of 30- to 45-ft. singles to choose from in our current inventory collection. Each home in this community has been designed to exude comfort and style, providing you with the best possible living space. Brampton is full of some of the GTA’s finest amenities which are conveniently surrounding your new home. Here, everything is at your fingertips from high-quality dining spots to amazing shops and entertainment venues for you and the whole family!  Click here to view inventory homes at The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant.

Anchor Woods – Holland Landing

Located just east of Yonge Street at Doane Road and 2nd Concession in Holland Landing, Anchor Woods is where small town charm and thrilling city life come together in perfect harmony. The inventory collection in this beautiful community features wonderful semis and singles you are sure to fall in love with and they are move-in ready.  From the Cawthra model, a townhome featuring 1,875 sq. ft of living space, to the Simcoe model, a 45-ft. single-detached home perfect for the growing family, Your life in Holland Landing will be nothing short of spectacular.  You and your family can enjoy natural picturesque views at nearby trails and conservation lands as well as easy access to nearby highways and GO Stations. Click here to view inventory Homes at Anchor Woods.

Why buy inventory?

There are so many reasons to choose an inventory home. Perhaps one of the most enticing reasons is time! These homes are move-in ready in as little as 30 days!

See exactly what you’re getting before you purchase. As opposed to buying pre-construction, you’re able to get an in-person look at the size, design and layout of your home before you buy it. You will also have the added benefit of owning a brand-new home that has never been lived in, built with the most up-to-date features and finishes for energy efficiency, plus – full Tarion warranty. Your new home will be on trend with the quality of features and craftsmanship.

With a wide selection of amazing new homes to choose from in some of the GTA’s most popular locations, don’t miss out on a chance to own a remarkable, high-quality Rosehaven home, today.

To find out more about any of our communities or for information on our inventory homes, visit the website.

You can also speak to a sales representative who is ready to connect you with your dream home.


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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Hamilton

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Hamilton

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Hamilton

by Gale Beeby

Housing Options

Hamilton is no stranger to historic housing or large estates, but also has a large selection of housing at any price, including an influx of new condominiums. Click here to see a full list of new homes/condos for sale.

Leisure Pursuits

The award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens is a 2,422-acre nature sanctuary considered the plant biodiversity hotspot of Canada. It is also a part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum houses over 40 historical aircraft and an extensive aviation gift shop and gallery.

Also located in Hamilton is the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Hamilton Military Museum, the Museum of Steam and Technology, and the Whitehern Historic House and Gardens. Dundurn Castle is an 18,000-square-foot neoclassical mansion that was completed in 1835 by architect Robert Charles Wetherell.

Hamilton is also home to the Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and the Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League; their main rivals are the Toronto Marlies.

Parks & Rec

If you are an active hiker, this is the area for you. The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, runs 890 kilometres along the Escarpment from Tobermory in the north to Niagara in the south. The section of the trail from Milton to Grimsby runs along the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority operates several parks, including Westfield Heritage Village, Dundas Valley (home to the Hermitage Ruins), Fifty Point on Lake Ontario, Spencer Gorge/ Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Confederation Park, Eramosa Karst (filled with underground caves and streams) and Valens Lake campground.

Retail Therapy

Hamilton has a lively downtown with a large selection of boutiques, restaurants, cafés and salons. Jackson Square is Hamilton’s largest downtown shopping mall, which is also connected to FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum). The City Centre Mall and Lime Ridge Mall, Hamilton’s largest shopping destination with over 200 shops and services, round out the large shopping districts. And, of course, big box outlets are handily located.

Easy Access

Transit is a viable option in Hamilton. The HSR (Hamilton Street Railway) runs throughout the city and connects with Burlington. Its name is a legacy of the days when most of public transit vehicles were streetcars. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 403, 6, 8 and 20, the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple. GO Transit also goes in and out of Hamilton daily.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 537,000

Known as: The Waterfall Capital of the World

WALK SCORES

Westdale Hamilton: 90

West Hamilton: 88

Dundas: 83

Hamilton Mountain: 82

Ancaster: 75

Upper Wentworth: 73

Stoney Creek Downtown: 75

Hamilton.ca


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