Two Homes Under One Roof, Together but Separate


This Ottawa-area house with two units was beautifully designed to accommodate the needs of aging parents and adult children, together but separate.

Our Homes Ottawa Winter 2016/2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2016/2017 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.24. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.

OUR HOMES Ottawa Winter 2016/2017
A new style of home is coming to the fore. The multi-generational home, geared to older adults and their adult children who, for a multitude of reasons, are making the decision to live together but want to do it separately from each other. A builder in the Ottawa region, Luxart Homes, designed one such home, an Arts and Crafts-inspired home in Maggie’s Place in Beckwith.
Amanda and Kris Wagorn of nine-year-old firm Luxart Homes listened and understood the features that an Ottawa couple and their parents each wanted. The two couples sought out a home where they could have closeness and share the expense of a household – but have independence light years away from a granny suite or a basement apartment.
After taking early retirement in Cornwall, the older adult couple now lives in the 695 sq. ft. bungalow portion of the new home, while the younger couple left downtown Ottawa to live in the 2,570 sq. ft. two-storey portion of the home.
Each has its own separate, private entrance – the two-story entrance is on the front facade of the house, while the bungalow's is on the side. Aside from the shared garage, there are no common rooms.
The bungalow contains an open-concept kitchen, dining area and living room. Its one bedroom is a large master sanctuary with a sitting area, large closets and a spacious en suite. An unfinished basement provides the opportunity to double the living space.
The younger couple’s two-storey home opens to a large entry where L-shaped stairs lead to the second floor. The home has a farmhouse aesthetic with an elegant, modern touch. Dark hardwood by Gaylord Hardwood Flooring draws the eye down the length of the home, from the living room through to the kitchen at the rear. Spacious enough for the largest gathering, the kitchen is made even more open by the lack of upper cupboards, while lower cupboards were produced by Deslauriers Custom Cabinets. Open shelves were custom-made of reclaimed wood dating back to the 1800s in Cornwall.
The dining room features a sliding barn door that slides open to an area containing an oversize powder room, laundry room and access to the garage, where the unit connects with the bungalow portion of the structure.