Manoj & Madhuri built their home with Ownit Homes, with the focus on creating enough space so their daughters could stay at home as long as possible.They are often labelled “kidults” or “boomerang kids” – adult children who still live at home.But not all parents are so keen for their grown-up offspring to fly the nest.Manoj and Madhuri Vemula are bucking that “grow up and leave” mentality, and have moved in to their new, purpose-built home at Highvale in the Samford Valley.Constructed by Brisbane-based Ownit Homes, the six-bedroom house was designed to allow their two daughters, Mousami, 27, and Mounavi, 22, to stay under their wing as long as possible.“We want our girls to stay as long as they need to,” Ms Vemula, who works in the industrial relations sector, said.“In our culture (Indian), it is common for several generations to live under one roof.”The family recently made the move in to their dream home, leaving behind a four-bedroom house on a small block at Taigum.Their new home has six bedrooms, each with an ensuite, a large entertaining area and media room, a granny flat and two acres of land.Its completion marked the culmination of years of hard work, after the family moved from India 15 years ago in pursuit of the great Australian dream.“We saw Australia as offering so many more opportunities. This is our dream come true,” Mrs Vemula said.“The girls were growing up (Mousami, who works in human resources, recently married, and Mounavi is a doctor) and with real estate the way it is, we wanted to give them the best opportunity to succeed when they do move out.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“I would have them at home forever if I could, and I would welcome any future grandchildren here.“It’s not unusual in our culture to have several generations under the same roof.“I lived with three generations. We look after each other.”But no one gets a “free ride” in the Vemula home. Rent and bills are paid, and chores are shared.Ownit Homes managing director Brad Ganim said his company was seeing an increase in people wanting an extra bedroom or space away from the main living areas.“Grandparents or extended family can live there or it can be used as a teen getaway,” he said.“People are recognising that the kids may be around longer and are building accordingly. We’ve seen it grow in popularity over the past few years.”In October last year, Bold Living director Brett Boulton said the modern family had come full circle, with many grandparents now sharing a home with their children and grandchildren.“This new-age family co-living is making housing more affordable for the younger generation and is attractive to grandparents who get to spend more time with their kids and grandkids and have room to park the caravan when they’re not travelling,” he said at the time.
Although the Wisconsin softball team had its 13-game winning streak snapped Wednesday at the hands of No. 19 Nebraska, the Badgers feat of rattling off 13 straight wins was no small task. At the nucleus of that run were the pitching duo of senior Cassandra Darrah and sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart.Wisconsin (31-16, 13-6 Big Ten) got run-ruled in the opening act of the double header, with Darrah getting lit up for 12 runs over five innings, leading to a 12-0 defeat. But Stewart righted the ship in the finale, allowing four runs in a complete game outing, which turned out as a 6-4 Badger victory.Throughout the winning streak, Wisconsin starters Darrah and Stewart posted a combined 13-0 record for the team, scattering 34 runs across those 13 contests. In only two of those games did either hurler allow more than two runs, giving up eight against UW-Green Bay on April 16 and five against Purdue on April 26. Darrah was on the mound for both.“Having the team back me up many times when I was struggling [was helpful],” Darrah said of her squad’s offensive efforts throughout that winning streak. “It was nice to see our team on a roll. Our team hadn’t had that all year. Even when I was struggling they came back and scored a lot of runs for me.”This season, only one other Badger, Sara Novak, has entered the circle for UW. She has made two appearances for a total of 1-2/3 innings. This means that just Stewart and Darrah carry the pitching load for the Badgers. Heading into Wednesday’s double-header against Nebraska, Stewart had tossed 118 innings in 22 appearances, while Darrah has amassed 172 innings in 26 appearances this season.The two have combined for all of Wisconsin’s 31 wins this season. Stewart has posted a 13-5 record, while Darrah has 18 wins and 11 losses.The 31 wins by UW is the fourth straight season it has reached the 30-win plateau, coinciding with the first four years of head coach Yvette Healy’s tenure in Madison.Prior to Healy’s arrival at UW, the program had only reached the 30-win mark five times.“I think that they, the pitchers, have been complementing each other all year,” Healy said.Since the doubleheader is the common scheduling format in collegiate softball, Healy says it is always nice to have the first pitcher test the waters in the first game, allowing whoever is next in the rotation to exploit the other teams’ offensive weaknesses in the second game.“You’re facing the best teams in the country,” Healy said. “You just have to manage your expectations. You can’t go into an offense, like the one we just faced [Nebraska] and think that you’re going to shut them out. You just have to contain them, and that’s what Taylor did in that second game.”Other than the disparity between the two in wins and losses, both have similar statistics otherwise. Stewart has a 2.73 earned run average, while Darrah has a 2.81 ERA. Stewart has struck out 110 batters this season, while Darrah has set down 113 batters whiffing. Darrah has completed three complete-game shutouts, while Stewart has blanked her opponents twice this season.Darrah has long been a key contributor on the pitching staff for the Badgers. This season she continued her role of staff ace, and is having her best season at Wisconsin. On March 20 against Detroit, Darrah tossed her second career no-hitter.Darrah, a Corydon, Iowa native, is second on the Badger all-time wins list, with 83 career victories. She is just four wins shy of Andrea Kirshberg’s 87 wins, a feat she hopes to break between now and the conclusion of the season.Darrah is also currently second all-time for the Badgers in games started (119), innings pitched (788.0) and shutouts (22).She explained that while chasing records is exciting, she is more focused on winning ball games and being part of a team effort.“It would be cool,” Darrah said. “Breaking the records as a team is huge, and that’s the most important thing.”It is different story for Stewart. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif. appeared in only 12 games last season, starting 5 games for Wisconsin. She was 4-0, including three shutouts. This season, she has stepped into a much larger role on the Wisconsin pitching staff, and has relished the opportunity.“It’s nice being part of the team and knowing that you play a part in the wins, and even the losses,” Stewart said. “I think that since our team is really coming together, and that’s what bringing me a lot of confidence, it’s not necessarily that a lot of things have changed, but I think everybody is on the same page.”With Stewart’s emergence, Darrah has taken the opportunity to groom the future ace for the next two seasons following her imminent departure.“I try to relay my knowledge that I’ve used in my experiences here,” Darrah said. “I definitely think that I can help her along the way, and she helps me too. We help each other along the way.”As the Badgers head into a key three-game series against Michigan this weekend and the postseason next week, the focus will be on pitching. Darrah and Stewart will have to be stronger than ever for Wisconsin to make any postseason run and defend their Big Ten tournament title.