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Dayboro resident Alex Guthrie, who lived in a one-bedroom house on the same block as daughter Lyndsey Baigent, said the idea of moving back with his family had seemed strange at first.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make because you don’t want to live in each other’s pockets because that friendship can disappear very quickly,” he said.
“In the end it worked out well and it feels like we’re just really good neighbours. You still have your independence, but you’re still there for your family.”
Mr Guthrie (pictured above with Lyndsey) said multi-generational living made strong financial sense.
“I was originally sharing the ownership of a unit and we realised that when I sold my share it would have been difficult for me to buy another property by myself,” he said.
“My daughter and her husband had just bought an acreage and they suggested it would be an ideal opportunity to live on the land and build my own smaller house.
“We shopped around a fair but and found these modular homes that were of a great quality and that were flexible to catering to the needs we specifically had.”
Hok Modular Homes chief executive Dean Hoek said an ageing population and rising prices had created a push for home that could accommodate more family members.
“Modular homes can be a win-win for families with young children caring for elderly parents,” he said.
“Retirees can live in their own new modular house and their daughter or son’s family can live in the family home.
“Most importantly, you have plenty of flexibility with what you can do and there are designs that suit families of any shape and size.
“Granny flats are becoming increasingly popular with retirees, renovators and young buyers all viewing them as another tool for getting into the housing market.”