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Closing the Gap - By Diana Mosher

Growing Pains
Living with several different generations of family under one roof is even
more rewarding when everyone has a private place to call their own. This
premise came to life for a Chinese-American family in the award-winning
Choy House in Flushing, New York. "Our client lives with his wife and their
two kids, his mother, and his brother and wife," says Devin O'Neill, partner
and co-founder of Brooklyn, New York-based O'Neill Rose Architects. It was
preferable to rebuild on their existing property rather than leave the city.
The footprints for the houses in the neighborhood are very tiny and typically
just a story and a half. "Most of the houses are very similar in size and
scale to Levittown, the post-war homes built for people after they returned
from the war," notes O'Neill. "They retain that character, though many
have been changed over time. We used the existing footprint, but then we
elongated it at the back of the house and that allowed us to create spaces
for the different pieces of the family." The new layout accommodates four
bathrooms and two kitchens.

The front piece that looks out onto the street is for the younger brother
and his wife and is a duplex with kitchen and dining room downstairs and
the bedroom upstairs. In the back, the addition that cantilevers out over the
property and below that section is a triplex for O'Neill's client, his wife,
and two kids. The lower section-which relates to the garden and outside
spaces-was designed for the grandmother. These different pieces of
the house are connected through separate staircases that access the lower
level, which is open to the garden.
"They each have their own home within the same footprint and their
own identity within that home," explains O'Neill. "The grandmother is the
head of the family. She likes to garden and be part of the outside, and she
keeps an eye on the kids during the day while she's cooking for everyone.
She's in and out of the house with them all day long."
Three separate but
interconnected living spaces
and a shared garden were the
inspired, multigenerational
solution for the Choy House
in Flushing, New York.
(Image: Michael Moran)

Multigenerational
Trends (Canada)

+ 38%
Multigenerational households
were the fastest-growing type
between 2001 and 2016

6.3%
Percent of Canada's
population-more than
2.2 million people-
living in multigenerational
households in 2016
*Source: The Vanier Institute
of the Family

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