Examples of the Palmerston house type, similar to those being built by Elan Homes at The Dunes, Formby

COMBATTING loneliness, help with childcare or simply sharing the cost of living are just some of the reasons why multiple generations are living together under one roof.

Finding a property that has enough space for grandparents, their grown up children and their young children may seem like a big ask, but ahead of National Intergenerational Week (March 23 -29) Elan Homes is encouraging buyers to size up their options with a visit to The Dunes in Formby.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, said: “There are lots of reasons why multiple generations of a family might want or need to live together, including emotional, financial or practical considerations.

“At Elan we plan our developments carefully to take into account the housing needs of a range of purchasers, including multigenerational families. Some of our larger properties, particularly those set out over three floors, are well-suited to intergenerational living as they offer flexible accommodation that can be adapted to different family structures.

“In some cases living with members of their wider family is a solution to loneliness or means that they have the support of relatives on a daily basis. Grandparents, parents and children can all benefit from sharing one home and spending real quality time together.”

Among the homes well-suited to multigenerational living is the Newbury at The Dunes, available from £549,995. Set out over three floors, it offers 1,806 sq ft of carefully considered living space.

“Bringing generations together means they’re able to share responsibilities from cooking and cleaning to childcare and bills,” Marie added.

“The advantage of buying a brand new Elan home is that other than where the kitchen and bathrooms are located there are no set rules to how the space can be used.”

Marie explained: “The combined kitchen and breakfast room in the Newbury is perfect for having a chat over a morning coffee or sharing stories of the day while you tuck into your evening meal.  The lounge could perhaps be an adults only room, or could be used by the two younger generations. Of course it doesn’t mean there’s no joining other family members to watch a favourite TV show together or bond over a shared hobby.”

“On the first floor of the Newbury there are three bedrooms, including master with en-suite, plus the family bathroom. Grandparents could occupy the master bedroom and use one of the bedrooms on this level as a sitting room. The parents of the family could have the other bedroom on this level, giving the children free reign of the top floor where there are two more rooms and a shower room.

“As your family’s needs change over time you can adapt how you use the space in your home. What starts out as a children’s playroom might become a study, gym or hobby room,” Marie added.

Located on Lenton Avenue, The Dunes offers a choice of three and four-bedroom homes, priced from £339,995.

The development enjoys a sought-after location within walking distance of the beach and famous red squirrel reserve.

Freshfield station is less than 15 minutes’ walk away, offering commuter connections to Liverpool city centre.

The neighbourhood is also home to upmarket supermarket Waitrose and an M&S Simply Food.

To try a new Elan home for size, visit The Dunes, where the show homes are open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm.

For the latest availability and pricing call 01704779364 or see www.elan-homes/co.uk/the-dunes.