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/ by Sharon Bexley

The homes which adapt to your needs

Outgrown your home but don’t want to move? The Livinhome adaptable housing concept could be the answer.

Many of us outgrow our homes at some point, or realise they don’t serve our purpose as well as they once did. But financial, health or family constraints might mean we can’t just up and move. In response to this, South London architects Geraghty Taylor have come up with the unique Livinhome concept.

Livinhome is a house that can be completely changed by moving the walls around to suit the owner’s changing needs. Karl Taylor, one of the architects behind the scheme, explains that the idea came about through recognition of the fact that many people feel forced to move – reluctantly – when their housing needs change.

‘Our practice has always been interested in how people occupy their homes and how homes make communities,’ he says. ‘We knew that people would move into a house, invest in it and then move out of their community, not always because they wanted to, but because they had to. This meant that they – and the community – were often left the poorer. People’s lives change during the time they occupy their home. The question we asked was: is it possible to incorporate all these needs into the fabric of a building?’

The answer they came up with was Livinhome, a building constructed in such a way as to offer many different options on how the inside can be configured. Potential benefits are considerable – for example, families can live in the same house as older relatives, with each maintaining a degree of privacy; owners could divide up a large house into smaller units in order to let out parts of their home; or parents could help children onto the housing ladder.

As opposed to the conventional house structure, Livinhome walls can be moved quickly – ‘in a weekend rather than over several weeks’, says Karl. A revolutionary design idea means that the staircase is situated at the side of the building and pipes are not placed inside the walls, meaning walls can be moved with minimal disruption.

‘Owners are able to change the internal layout of their home with minimum work and maximum flexibility – it’s a fully functioning blank canvas,’ he adds.

The first Livinhome development has just been sold in Church Road, Crystal Palace, by KFH, with prices from £300,000 for a one bedroom flat to £895,000 for a six bedroom house.

*This article originally appeared in issue 17 of Completely London magazine. Completely London is our award winning customer magazine which we produce several times a year. Alongside exclusive features about living in the Capital and the London property market, we showcase a number of properties for sale and to let.

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Sharon Bexley Freelance journalist

With more than 20 years’ experience writing for and editing women’s interest magazines, property has always been Sharon Bexley’s passion. She now combines freelance writing, working for a women’s empowerment organisation and running the property portfolio built with her partner David.

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