Thanks to the rising price of property, exorbitant moving costs, and a distinct lack of affordable housing being built for first-time buyers, around 20% of 25 to 34-year-olds still live with their parents. The looming social care crisis also means that many elderly parents are opting to move in with their adult children. This shift towards pooled resources and shared spaces means that 1.8 million people in Britain now live in multigenerational households.

Architect Sarah Wigglesworth has long been a proponent of designing homes that can be modified to suit our needs as we age. Her practice’s portfolio includes three residential projects – one completed, one on site, and one in planning – that showcase her research and approach to intergenerational housing.

If mobility becomes an issue, an Aritco Home Lift will help retrofit the family home for multiple generations. Crafted from large panes of laminated, scratch-proof, acrylic glass with no visible screws or fixings, the Aritco Home Lift has a backlit Design Wall which can be customised to suit your interior decor with a range of 14 patterns and colours.

When planning for the long-term, property-owners should look beyond the fabric of their homes to ensure that furnishings also last for decades. Premium, animal-free, high-performance textiles brand Ultrafabrics has a number of collections that offer a softer, and more durable alternative to leather that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Tough, hygienic, breathable and stain-proof, Ultrafabrics upholstery makes furniture fit for generations to come.

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