The modern, dual occupancy home

Homes designed to shelter two families under roof are an increasingly popular option to make building new more affordable
Story by: David Renwick
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This lounge has a fireplace, making it the perfect gathering space in summer and winter

Designer: The Little Brick Studio

About the project: With populations and house prices continuing to climb, building new is becoming an increasingly expensive prospect.


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This ground floor bedroom faces out to a tidy outdoor area

So, what’s the solution? Well, one possible answer lies with dual occupancy housing.

These are essentially houses large enough for two families – a new take on the duplex, but more flexible. One family can finance the construction of a new home, including enough space to house a second family and subsequently generate income from the rent.

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One part of the home is set back from the other. It's clear you're looking a single structure, but each part has a distinct character

ILUKA is one such house, designed by The Little Brick Studio. From the street, it appears you’re looking at one home, but look closer and you’ll see it’s actually one building divided into two distinct parts.

Have a look through the gallery to see how it works.

Nov 22, 2017
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