Under One Roof, Building For Extended Families

November 30, 2012

in Lennar

Under One Roof, Building For Extended Families

Tom and Kristin Moser’s new house – nearly 3,000 square feet in a development outside Tucson – has all the modern amenities, including solar panels and an open kitchen. But their house also has a feature that the builders are betting will be a hit. Tucked inside is a one-bedroom apartment with its own garage and a discrete entrance around the side. The Mosers wanted the built-in apartment not to bring in a renter to help pay the mortgage, but rather as a home for Mr. Moser’s 82-year-old widowed father. Built by Lennar, one of the country’s largest homebuilders, it is the most extreme example of the sort of options that many of the big builders are now offering to accommodate the changing shape of the American family: boomer couples with boomerang children and aging parents, an increasingly multiethnic population with a tradition of housing three generations under one roof, and even singles who may need to double up with siblings or friends in this fraught economic climate. Lennar started marketing its new designs last fall with particular gusto: “Next Gen – The Home Within a Home” is a title and tag line intended to wrap the notion of multigenerational living in a futuristic gloss. But it is more than just marketing; the blueprints themselves are changing. [Read this article]

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