Housing for the sandwich generation

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A guide for managing teens, boomerangers and elderly parents under one roof

This month we have collaborated with blogger Talya Stone to discuss the ways that we live, how they are changing and how we can cater to our sandwich generation family demands. Ultimately, we believe that by creating a space that adapts to our growing family under one beautiful, functional, and contemporary roof, we may have the perfect solution to modern family living. 

Talya points out:

It’s a complicated world, and with the rise of the “third space” at home for teens, and of extended homes for the boomerangs and sandwiches among us, the need for homes that can cater to the needs of extended families in a flexible way has never been greater. So how do you cope when you have a teen raging with hormones, a kiddult who won’t leave home, or elderly relatives who need to be brought back into the bosom of the family?

You get smart with your living space.

Want to find out how?

Go to Talya’s blog page to read ‘housing for the sandwich generation’

Talya is the creator and top 1% UK parenting pro-blogger at Motherhood: The Real Deal. She has featured on Good Morning Britain, BBC World News, and her writing featured on the front page of Mumsnet.

In the blog post, Talya highlights how choosing a well-designed modern home provides much needed space for flexible family living, and the benefits that living in a city location can bring for teens and boomerangs.

On top of stunning design in a sought-after location, our family homes at Charles Baker Place offer more than enough room to grow and adapt to sandwich generation family life, with versatile open-plan living spaces that have the potential to be transformed into an endless variety of uses to accommodate all.

To arrange a viewing, get in touch on +44 (0)7831 611 222 or via our contact page – we look forward to hearing from you.


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Five creative design ideas for our garden studios

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The garden studio has become a much-coveted piece for buyers seeking a modern home that offers room to grow and adapt to family life. Complete with Cedar cladding and a contemporary feel, our studios are fully hooked up to the mains and plumbed in, making them much more than a mere summer house.

Our Charles Baker Place garden studios have the potential to be transformed into an infinite variety of spaces. Here are just 5 of our ideas (beyond the popular purposes of a playroom or teenage den) to inspire you:

1. A room of ones’ ‘OM’

The seclusion of the garden annex offers a perfect retreat for yogis seeking space to exercise and meditate. Apartment Therapy’s design ideas are fantastic, citing the use of plants to add accent and drama to your space.  Equally, if weights and cardio are more your thing than yoga, the garden studio could easily accommodate all the necessary equipment. Have a look at Ideal Home’s ideas for more on decorating your personal fitness studio.

Charles Baker Place blog - yoga pose

2. Home-working

In the age of entrepreneurial start-ups and an increasing number of people opting for self-employment or choosing to work from home, much store is set by having a separate “home-working” space. Our garden studios at Charles Baker helpfully provide both a physical separation from domestic life as well as psychological one, enabling you to focus uninterrupted.

The garden studio also gives you the rare opportunity to design your own work environment. For example, a crisp, fresh colour scheme may prove motivating in the morning for early risers, whilst a warmer pallet and soft textures would create a welcoming retreat for night-owls. Equally, if your profession involves frequent client visits, the garden studio would provide opportunity to design the space to reflect your business. Home Building has some great ideas on how to create the home office space that works for you.

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3. Relaxation

For the ultimate downtime, transform the garden studio into a tranquil reading room, or even your own private cinema. The space could easily accommodate a large projector. Plus, there’s freedom to paint the walls a dark colour for the optimum cinematic experience. Home Building has some great tips for prepping the space out, including suggestions on the perfect acoustics and equipment to create the ultimate, tailored cinematic experience.

Charles Baker Place blog - relax

4. The Sound of Music

For the musically minded, our garden annexes present an opportunity for a practise space, or even an all-out home recording studio. Situated away from the main house, you’re free to turn amps up and jam to your heart’s content without the worry of disturbing the neighbours (or the neighbours disturbing you!). For those seeking advice on kitting out your home studio, DIY Musician explains all the equipment you’ll need. E-home recording studio also offers fantastic tips on elements like acoustic treatment and recording station setup so that you can start making music from day one in a practically designed space.  For more details on how our Charles Baker Place garden studios are perfect for musicians recording at home, check out one of our previous blog posts.

Double height studio Townhouse 3

5. Graddy Annexe: Our solution for the ‘boomerang’ generation

Thanks to the high cost of rent and difficulty of getting a foot on the property ladder, record numbers of university leavers are returning to their parents’ houses after graduation. This has led to a surge in demand for the newly anointed ‘graddy annexe’, where children can live with their parents with some degree of separation, having gained a new degree of autonomy.

Our double height garden studio at Number Three Charles Baker Place would be ideal for this requirement, as the hard (and costly) labour of fitting electricity and plumbing is already done for you by us! Read more about the benefits of graddy annexes, including tax advantages, in this article in The Times.

Charles Baker Place blog - graddy annexe

With all this potential to transform one of our garden studios into the space you’ve always wanted, you’d be mad not to arrange a viewing.

Currently, there is one four-bedroom mews with double height studio and two five-bedroom townhouses with single storey garden studios available.

To arrange a viewing, get in touch on +44 (0)7831 611 222  or via our contact page – we look forward to hearing from you.

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Is this London’s coolest home studio?

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Meet the Wandsworth townhouse with the outdoor annexe that’s fit for a rockstar

Bellevue RoadRock and roll isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind when visiting Wandsworth. The South West London idyll is a haven of boutique stores, pretty Victorian houses on tree-lined streets and an excellent range of schools. This enviable combination of aesthetics and educational capital has made the hamlet a magnet for aspirational parents from across London. Property values there have responded accordingly, sitting 28% above the capital’s average, according to the latest research from Foxtons. All in all, Wandsworth comes across as more George Osborne than Ozzy Osbourne.

In the limelight: Charles Baker

Charles Baker Place basement reception-games room

Charles Baker Place basement reception-games room

However, there’s one development in the area, which does offer something to those still looking to strum a few chords on the electric guitar – and, indeed, compose music more generally. Its name is Charles Baker Place and it’s located in Bellevue Village, the creme-de-la-crème of Wandsworth, owing to its position by Wandsworth Common and the cluster of elite schools that surround it.

The nine unit scheme was designed by boutique developer Chester Row and includes three four-storey top-of-the-range townhouses, equipped with balconied bedrooms, off-street parking and a 300 sq. ft. underground living-cum-games room: in short, everything you’d expect from a house in an area as prestigious as this.

These homes benefit from annexes in their back gardens. Bright, modern and spacious, they double-up nicely as home offices or study areas (which is definitely a big plus, because, given how well appointed the rest of the house is, you’d probably not want to step out the front door anyway).

An A-listers annexe

CBP Townhouse studio 3The biggest and best of these home-working spaces resides at townhouse number 3 at the end of the development. Measuring up to a sizeable 3,000 sq. ft., the property is also the largest unit in the scheme, which alone lends itself to celebrity-esque bragging rights.

What makes the annexe at number 3 so special is that, unlike its counterparts, it spans two storeys. On the ground floor is a stylish study area accessed by sliding doors offering a full view of the garden and main house, while up one floor there is a larger, open plan space that could easily fit a drum and bass set, a couple of mics and an electric guitar.

An adjoining private garage only enhances the annexe’s cool factor: a budding Keith Richards or Mick Jagger could compose his work on the ground floor, run through the vocals on the first and then head back down to the garage to take his (presumably, chauffeur-driven) car to a gig – all within a few metres of each other.

Indeed, the property has generated one or two enquiries from famous vocalists, according to Chester Row’s director Nick Herrtage.

“They like what they see in general”, he says, “but the annexe is a particular draw; they find it really bright and functional and just haven’t seen anything like it in this part of London”.

The price of fame

Birds Eye View CBPWhile the annexe is clearly proving to be a hit among those seeking to make hits of their own, it can evidently serve a variety of purposes. For instance, the upstairs-downstairs split allows for the creation of a waiting room and separate practice room, ideal for those seeking to run private practices out of their own home – from occupational therapists to music teachers. And, of course, the large size of the unit means it could act as a self-contained residence of its own, perhaps to accommodate an elderly relative or a paying tenant. Like any good performer, it’s adaptable to a range of audiences.

But unlike most performers these days, it doesn’t come with a hefty Hollywood price tag. Number 3 Chester Row is on the market at £2.9m, while the other two townhouses start at £2.5m: eminently reasonable given their size, quality, and location.

Forget Beverley Hills; Bellevue Village in Wandsworth is where the jam’s at.

To arrange a viewing, contact us on +44 (0)7834 353067 or leave us a message via our contact page.