New development offers multigenerational living in energy-efficient homes
Due to economic or personal circumstances, some families may desire to double up or make room for multiple generations in one house.
Homebuilder Lennar has launched a line of homes that offer homes with private suites and shared living areas, with models opening in developments in Denver.
Lennar calls it the Home Within a Home, the first from a national homebuilder in response to the need for individual homebuyers and families to “double up” in order to share the cost of their mortgage and other living expenses, especially during these economic times.
Lennar will be offering both the Woodbridge and Hanford NEXT GEN floorplans at Leyden Rock and Terrain. The Woodbridge is a ranch style floorplan consisting of 2,527 square feet; the main home offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 3-car garage. And, the NEXT GEN private suite includes a bedroom, private living area, kitchenette, laundry and private entrance.
The Hanford is a 3,022 square foot, 2 story home; the main home consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, and the Next Gen private suite includes a bedroom, private living area, kitchenette, laundry and private entrance. Lennar designed this unique floorplan to be incorporated into the main home floorplan in a way that allows it to be a separate space but also offers direct access from the main house, depending upon the family’s needs. Tours of Hanford floor design models are available at Lennar’s Leyden Rock community in Arvada.
According to Lennar, after conducting much research and seeing a rising need for this type of living situation, Lennar decided to design distinctive floorplans that can accommodate different living arrangements while still providing great use of space, square footage and, most importantly, privacy.
“We have created this plan to allow for dual living situations without sacrificing comfort – it’s literally a home within a home,” said Rusty Crandall, Division President Lennar Colorado. "The economy has dramatically contributed to the decision to build this type of product. Many aging parents have seen their retirement investments diminish during recent years and many college-age children are finding it necessary to move back home.
With housing typically being the largest part of the monthly budget, moving in together is an option many are embracing. “The opportunity for families to share a mortgage makes a lot of economic sense for many families,” added Crandall.
Buyers will also enjoy several hi-tech energy efficient features already included in the homes such as, home automation, 2 x 6 exterior walls, radiant barrier roof sheathing and Energy Star-rated appliances.
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