House & Home

Multi-generational housing: The future of floor plans

Posted January 22, 2016

Trends in floor plans come and go, but it seems that a few trends that have popped up in the last few years are here to stay. Multi-generational households are more and more popular, with in-law suites and 3rd floor suites becoming commonplace in many new homes in the Triangle area, and there’s definitely a market for them. Let’s go over the current trends in multi-generational housing, and how these floor plans accommodate for expanding families.

Lennar’s “Next-Gen Homes”

Lennar Homes describes their Next-Gen homes as “two homes under one roof,” and leaves a lot of room for personal interpretation, depending on you and your family’s situation. These floor plans offer a home, and then almost an entire independent household within that home.

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This floor plan works for families that have in-laws moving in with them, or perhaps aging parents that wants privacy and independence, but still need the comfort of closeness. These separate suites may offer a private entrance, kitchen, bedroom, porch, laundry room, living room, and sometimes even a separate garage. It really is a “home within a home.”

These suites don’t just have to be for aging parents or grandparents, however.

If your child just graduated from college and wants to move back in, perhaps an independent living space is the perfect way to create some distance, but also be together still. Some home buyers have also used the space as an office space or man cave. Whichever member of your family it is who wants to be there or however you want to utilize the space, the multi-generational household is the ideal choice for independence in close proximity. No one wants to feel like they’re a burden in someone else’s home, which is often the cause of discomfort when family moves in with family. Sharing spaces can be awkward, and it’s a huge comfort to have your own space. With the multi-generational home, the ability to have your own space (and a lot of it!) is available, and cohabiting becomes a more comfortable process, and easier on everyone.

Multi-Generational Homes in the Triangle Area

Custom home builders are always a choice for you to design your own multi- generational house with the help of the experts, and they’re also able to design special accommodations such as wider doorways, should you or your family members need wheelchair access. However, there are a few home builders in the Triangle area who build specially designed multi-generational homes, and there will no doubt be more as this trend grows and more new homeowners request it. Another great thing about these flexible floor plans is that there’s a shared mortgage – no need to pay a secondary rent or elderly housing costs.

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Lennar has 3 communities in the Raleigh-Durham area that offer multi-generational household models. Austin Creek, Traditions at Wake Forest: Historic Collection, and Cedar Lakes all offer that extra suite you and your family may need. Check them out today and see if you’d like to make the move to a multi-generational home!

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