New Concept for Multi-Generational Households, Next Gen, Now Available Throughout Houston Lennar, Village Builders Introduces New Plans With Two Homes Under One Roof

Two leading new home builders, Lennar and Village Builders, have introduced a series of re-designed plans now available in more than 60 Houston communities which offer two homes under one roof – welcome news for the growing number of families living with an elderly parent or in other dual-living arrangements.

Ideal for multi-generational households, Next Gen homes by Lennar and Village Builders combine the features of a luxury home with a full private suite complete with bedroom, bathroom, laundry area, kitchenette and living area.  The suite also is accessible from a separate and private front entry.

“When buyers walk into a Next Gen model home, they all say ‘this makes perfect sense,’” says Don Luke, division president for Lennar Houston.  “The suite feels like a separate home, but it doesn’t take away space from the main house.”

Recognizing the importance of buyers experiencing the concept in person, Lennar and Village Builders will open 20 Next Gen model homes by the end of April and 25 by year-end in many of the best-selling communities throughout the Houston area.

Furnished Next Gen models currently are open in the Montgomery County communities of Woodtrace (515 Blossom Cove Court) and Tavola (18815 Swansea Creek Drive) and in the Cypress community of Wildwood at Oakcrest (18018 Dappled Court).

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According to a 2012 study by Pew Research Center, a record seven million Americans, 18.1% of the population, lived in multi-generational family households, double the figure who lived in a household with at least two adult generations in 1980.

That same study found 22.7% of adults ages 85 and older lived in a multi-generational household.  Moreover, roughly one in four young adults ages 25-34 lived in multi-generational households in 2012, up from 18.7% in 2007 and 11% in 1980, according to the study.

Increasing health care costs for seniors is still another factor driving multi-gen households, says Luke.

A Houston family on average will spend $43,472 per year for a licensed professional to help with cooking, cleaning and running errands and $43,500 per year for a private room in an assisted-living facility, according to a 2015 study on the long-term costs of care in Houston conducted by Genworth Financial.

Besides providing for a private living space for an elderly parent, the Next Gen dual-living arrangement represents a solution for families caring for a special needs adult child or for those who frequently host family visitors for extended stays.  As a family’s lifestyle changes, the suite can be transformed into a home office, entertainment space, yoga studio or hobby room.

“Everyone finds a different way to use the space,” says Luke, who adds Next Gen households benefit from the convenience of sharing one mortgage and utilities.   Next Gen homeowners in other parts of the country report saving upwards of $3,000 per month by combining these expenses, he adds.

In the main house, families enjoy all of the features of a traditional new home – gourmet island kitchen, generous family room with corner fireplace, formal dining, master suite and spacious secondary bedrooms.

Single and two-story, 3-5 bedrooms plans with Next Gen suites are available by both Lennar and Village Builders.  ADA accommodations also can be added in the suite.  A combined nine plans are available from both builders.

Both Lennar and Village Builders are part of Lennar Corp., established in 1954 as one of the nation’s leading homebuilders.