Multiple homebuilders in North Texas are responding to a growing demand in the national housing market: multigenerational housing.
Lennar Homes expects to sell around 125 of its Next Gen houses this year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Next Gen homes feature a fully-equipped suite built into them, designed to provide a private living space for an adult family member within the confines of the larger, family home.
"It's a home within a home. A fully functional home within a home," said David Grove, the Division President for Lennar Homes in DFW.
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Lennar offers nine different Next Gen plans in 16 different housing developments in 13 different municipalities in the region. They range in price from $350,000 to $600,000.
One in five Americans live in a multigenerational household, according to Pew Research Center data released last spring. That percentage is the highest recorded since the 1950s, according to Pew.
Pew defined a "multigenerational household" as one that includes two or more adult generations.
As opposed to fixing up a room in the garage as an "in-law suite," the situation provided by Lennar, and in a similar setup offered by North Texas-based homebuilder D.R. Horton, allows for everyone to live under the same roof. But it has the added advantage of giving the newest housemates a place of their own, as well.
"And that way, too, the Mom does not feel like an imposition. It's not 'I am taking a portion of your home away from you.’ It is that we have thoughtfully and intentionally purchased a home to live the way we want them to live," Grove explained.