Building Homes for Extended Families

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A Southern California homebuilder is now building houses with a smaller home nested inside of the larger one.

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.

“This Great Recession has forced us, as builders, to push the envelope,” said Greg McGuff, president of Lennar’s Inland Empire operations.

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