Modern Living in a Small Family Home

With the drastic increase in house prices in Australia, many have been encouraged to explore alternative living arrangements. Multigenerational living, where families come together to share resources is becoming more popular and we are seeing houses, and small accessory dwelling units starting to become common place.

Commonly called a granny flat in Australia, an accessory dwelling unit up to 60 square meter (646 sqft) is allowed by the councils in many regions. This young family, not wanting to become overburdened with a high mortgage and wishing to be closer to family, capitalised on this by constructing a spectacular in their parents back yard.

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The home’s design was taken on by a friend of the family, designer Nicholas Gurney ( who wanted to construct a home that was modern, high functioning and which would effectively make the most of the home’s small footprint.

Presented and Produced by: Bryce Langsyton
Camera: Bryce Langston & Rasa Pescud
Editing: Rasa Pescud

‘Living Big in a House’ © 2019 Zyia Pictures Ltd


  1. Really lovely build! Also like the simplicity of the kitchen and bathroom. The navy with the nice big knobs look great!

  2. when you realize you made poor decisions in life and have to move back in with mommy and daddy and life in a makeshift house in the backyard.

  3. My 3 children and I stayed with my parents a lot of their younger years. The benefits of grandchildren having their grandparents around is amazing. They have an unbreakable bond with their grandparents and have the deepest respect for the older generations.

  4. the new normal,where 240k is considered to be very little financial stress…keep them coming bryce…cheers

  5. I love the house and design , but 240k is a bit much I think. Hopefully as they build more the costs can become lower etc. Still a beautiful home

  6. This is, to me, is the biggest tiny home I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s really nice to have grandparents so close. Thank you for sharing all of these little pieces of heaven.

  7. I still most of houses lacking usage of exterior walls and roofs. If I am not going to build greenhouse on south, I would stll wanted to do wall gardening, roof deck etc. If it is just cube, I find it lacking opportunity to use space more.

  8. I like this. I plan to study architecture next year and If I get to study at the University I want we will have an opportunity to design and construct a school for children in Africa and although these are not public spaces, I believe many of these ideas can be used to better the possible future projects.

  9. 3rd world countries are pioneers in tiny house leaving then…. Basing on this family’s home…. ???

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