Young people staying at home for longer has sparked a 90 per cent increase in demand for construction of teenage retreats in homes

first_img207 Swann Road, Taringa.“They want to keep them at home as part of parental management so they can bring their friends over rather than going out.“The teenage retreat trend has definitely evolved.”Mr Tabrizi said children were staying at home longer because of the rising cost of living.Coorparoo’s Marianna and Joseph Miranda have listed their four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 8 Jerome St for auction on November 9, complete with a teenage retreat spanning the entire downstairs level. 8 Jerome Street, Coorparoo has the perfect teen retreat.“Our client base tends to be upper middle class and basically we work on three living spaces per house — two on the ground floor and one on the top. The top floor tends to be the teen retreat,” Mr Tabrizi said.“Media rooms are becoming redundant and these spaces are being created.”Mr Tabrizi said the cross section of his clients with younger children requested retreats upstairs as play areas for their kids or a creative space.“As the dynamic changes and they become teenagers, the parents want to provide adequate space and an element for privacy,” he said. TOP TIPS FOR TEEN RETREATS: Make sure there is ample light, especially if the area will be used for studyInstall plenty of power points with USB ports so multiple devices can be connected forwork and playThe retreat should be close to or adjoining a bedroom, so it can function as an extensionof the bedroom.Consider the layout of the space — can the retreat be screened for privacy if required? Source: Valcon Homes Reuben Him, 22, at his teen retreat at his parents’ home in Taringa, Picture: (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)YOUNG people staying at home for much longer has sparked a 90 per cent increase in demand for construction of teenage retreats in homes.The demand for kitted out retreats is skyrocketing with Brisbane builders saying parents are keen to do whatever it takes to keep an eye on their children well into their early adult years.Kevin Tabrizi, of Tabrizi Home Builders, said he had seen a 90 per cent increase compared to five years ago of buyers wanting teenage retreats in new builds, especially in the inner-city suburbs.center_img 8 Jerome Street, Coorparoo has the perfect teen retreat.Mrs Miranda said the downstairs retreat was half the size of their house.“Now that the kids are older and have moved out we need to sell,” she said.“We built the home and specifically wanted that area downstairs. We knew it was nice for them to have their friends over and as they grew older it was perfect.”The retreat includes three bedrooms, a large area to watch television, a powder room and an undercover deck out to the barbecue and saltwater pool area.The Mirandas have their own main bedroom retreat upstairs with a balcony and an ensuite.Place — Coorparoo agent Darren Bonehill is selling the Jerome St property and said parents desired privacy for not only themselves but also their children.Mr Bonehill said as property prices continued to rise, buyers wanted households that were cost effective.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mirianna Miranda in her teen retreat. Picture: Annette Dew“Retreats are great entertainment hubs. Whether they are decked out with televisions, a games room or comfortable seating, there’s certainly the factor that parents can always keep a closer eye on their children, rather than worrying about them leaving the house,” he said.“Comfortable and safe environments are a key for the retreats.”Builder, Valcon Homes’ director Jason Doerr said demand for teen retreats had increased as more children opted to stay home into their early adult years.Mr Doerr said most of their two-level designs offered a retreat on the upper level,however one of the most popular choices for growing families was a home with a private living space for both parents and teenagers.“What we are finding is that growing families want both shared and private living zones so they can come together to share a meal or watch a movie downstairs, but then retreat to their own private sanctuary which is essentially an extension of their bedroom,” he said.“Retreats are a great idea because it can provide a functional space for study or an additionalstorage area, so bedrooms don’t become too cluttered.”Caroline Beck’s three-storey home, for sale at 207 Swann Rd, Taringa, is every child’s dream. Reuben, her now 22-year-old son’s retreat, is on the ground floor and includes three bedrooms, a lounge space and a recently-built second deck. The middle level separates Reuben from his parents, who admit they enjoy their own space and privacy.“As a mum we liked the kids at home, and wanted them here a bit longer,” Mrs Beck said.“We’ve been in this house throughout their teenage years. They have their own independence down there and there’s even a big projector on the wall to keep them occupied.”Mrs Beck said they added the deck to the retreat to enhance the private space for Reuben and his friends.There is also an insulated music room, which Mrs Beck’s eldest son, a composer, used before he moved away. She said Reuben, a volunteer with Red Frogs Australia, often held meetings in his retreat, and said the area was well used.last_img

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