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