House-in-a-House Concept for New Homes

Just in time for the boomerang kids and aging parents, homebuilder Lennar is unveiling a new concept for Baby Boomers looking to buy a new house: a house-within-a-house.

Alejandro Lazo of the Los Angeles Times explains:

Like a Russian nesting doll with a smaller doll inside, the new residential design incorporates a smaller home with a separate front entrance, kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom.

Lennar designers and researchers and an independent architect developed the floor plans this year to respond to the doubling-up trend that has affected more than 1 in 5 U.S. households. Executives with the Miami-based home building titan hope the atypical designs will appeal to families moving in together and pooling financial resources; the idea is to draw them back into the beleaguered market for newly constructed homes, which is on course for its worst annual performance on record.

It's like a duplex as a new house! Would you buy a new house designed specifically so the kids will come back to live with you?

Link (Photo: Robert Gauthier/LA Times)

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The point is, why would anybody buy a new house when you can get an existing house for about nothing these days? It's a shame that people have to double up and other homes go empty because banks aren't interested in your business if all you want is affordable housing.
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You stole my words . Besides your kids, it may be a smaller place for you to live so you can age in place, you can endure your cousin Eunce's Xmas visits better, many, many options.

The biggest drawback is that parking may get tight in neighborhoods with a lot of these.
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