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Home Within a Home

An innovative new concept from Metric Homes

From the outside it looks like a large single family home so it fits with the family home subdivision profile that it's built amongst but really it is two completely separate dwellings with their own private entrances plus common areas between them. Each home also has its own electrical, water and heating system allowing for two family groups to live independently of each other. There's also fireproofing between each home for added security.

The two homes in one advantage

By pooling resources with the older generation, adult children and their families can live in a neighbourhood that may be beyond their reach otherwise. Backyard facilities (e.g. decks, pools) can also be shared from a cost and maintenance perspective. The older generation may not want to live in an "adult lifestyle" community and can continue to live in a regular neighbourhood with help on hand with the yard that perhaps they can't or don't want to maintain anymore. By contracting nursing help a nursing home could be avoided altogether. Grandparents see more of their grandchildren. Also parents wishing to travel have the added security of not leaving their home empty for weeks or even months at a time.


There are different ways and lots of flexibility to achieve a home within a home from the two storey home with a bachelor apartment or bungalow attached to two completely separate but attached two storey family homes. Whether the Home Within A Home concept is a way for you and your family to assist each other in achieving your dream lifestyle in your dream location or a way for adult children to help their aging parents remain independent indefinitely, by being close on hand for day to day tasks, a Home Within A Home provides a greater sense of family for all of the generations!

As with all Metric homes we work with you to custom design the exact homes to meet your requirements. Click on the link below for some design inspiration.


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