Two front doors, each with peep holes.
Two front patios. Two living areas. Two master bedrooms.
Welcome to the NextGen show home, Lennar’s solution for evolving family dynamics.
PHOTOS: NextGen model home showcases versatility
The model home, which is south of the parking lot at Ikea in Tempe, features Lennar’s Evolution floor plan. there is a 2,295-square-foot main house with great room, kitchen, dining room, master suite, two secondary bedrooms, den, second bathroom, laundry area and two-car garage.
There also is an attached 650-square-foot “home within a home,” which has a separate entry, master suite, living area, kitchenette, laundry area and one-car garage.
“We call it NextGen because we feel it’s the next best thing in housing,” said Alan Jones, Lennar’s Arizona Division president. “This allows us to reach a segment of the population we haven’t reached before.”
The concept is designed for Baby Boomers whose aging parents are moving in with them. It’s also perfect for buyers whose adult children are returning home to live. And the arrangement benefits winter visitors coming to see their children and grandchildren.
Multigenerational housing is a growing trend in the United States. In 1980, 12 percent of households had two or more adult generations, according to the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. as of 2008, the latest data available, 16 percent of households were multigenerational.
The need for multigenerational housing is only going to continue to grow, given the economy and as Boomers age, Jones said.
For Lennar, the key to the NextGen concept is flexibility, Jones said. The home changes as the family situation changes, he said.
The design can be configured so that the den in the main house can be turned into a second bedroom in the smaller home. Connecting doors can be locked to maintain privacy between the two units or they can be taken off to create one large home.
The floor plan, which was designed by Perlman Design Group of Las Vegas, also works for people who have a home-based business or for those who want to rent out one of the homes to earn extra income, Jones said.
The concept replaces the casita, a popular home feature during the 1990s. A casita typically contains a bedroom and bathroom; it usually is an option in lieu of a single garage stall.
“This is a separate living area, not a separate sleeping space,” Jones said of the NextGen unit.
Besides size, there is one difference between the “home within a home” and the main house: The smaller home does not have a full kitchen with a range.
“Otherwise it would be considered a duplex (according to building codes),” Jones said.
The show home is outfitted with a microwave convection oven instead.
The Evolution floor plan recently debuted in Lennar’s Layton Lakes subdivision in Gilbert, where the base price is $289,000. Two other floor plans, a 2,292-square-foot one story and a 2,086-square-foot two story, have been designed. currently, NextGen floor plans are available in other Valley, Tucson, Las Vegas and California subdivisions.
Lennar built the show home, which will be open through May, near Ikea to attract foot traffic from the store as well as to demonstrate the versatility of the store’s furnishings, which can be found throughout the home.
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When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May.
Where: 8526 S. Emerald Drive, near Interstate 10 and Warner Road, Tempe.
Details: 800-864-1058, lennar.com (click on “Arizona,” then “Phoenix.”)
NextGen multigenerational housing model open