Lennar unveils its ''NextGen'' home design in Gilbert

Nearly a third of American adults are "doubled up," with two or more adult generations living in the same home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That's good news for Lennar Homes, which last month unveiled its "NextGen" home, designed specifically to allow more than one generation to share a house while maximizing privacy and independence. "I've been in homebuilding for 20 years and I'm asking myself why we didn't do this before," said Alan Jones, division president for Lennar Arizona. "This home has so much flexibility, it's exciting." The NextGen home consists of two complete living spaces under one roof. The main house has three bedrooms, two baths, a great room with a dining nook and kitchen, a den, two-bay garage and covered patio. A suite with a separate entrance consists of a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchenette, one-bay garage, laundry room and patio. There is an interior door between the two spaces. The design is far more than a rehashed 'mother-in-law' floor plan, Jones said, but not quite a full-fledged duplex. "It's a home within a home," he said.

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