By Janet Morrissey
The New York Times—April 13, 2016
(Republished in The Seattle Times)
The number of Americans living in multigenerational households rose to 56.8 million in 2012, about 18 percent of the total population. The homebuilding industry is responding quickly to this shifting demand by creating homes specifically intended for such families.
Bob and Myrna Conrad, both 65, share a house with their son Wade, 41, his wife, Dana, 42, and their grandson Bryce, 21. Isn’t it crowded? Don’t they cramp one another’s style? Actually, no.
“We just set some ground rules, and it’s been working great,” said Wade Conrad, who has been living with his extended family since late 2013 in a NextGen multigenerational home, built by Lennar in Spanaway.
The Conrads are among a growing number of families seeking specially designed homes that can accommodate aging parents, grown children and even boomerang children under the same roof.
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