“LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a home within a home — and it could be coming soon to a home near you.
Builders across the country are revamping home designs to meet the needs of a growing number of Americans who are now living with extended family.
The number of so-called multi-generational households — where adults are living with their elderly parents or grown children — has jumped since the Great Recession forced Americans to rethink living on their own. Demographic experts say it’s poised to rise further as baby boomers age, so-called “boomerang kids” walloped by the weak job market stay home longer and ethnic groups such as Asians and Hispanics, who are more likely to live with extended family, continue to grow.
The housing industry is trying to keep up with the changes by adding self-contained suites to single-family homes from North Carolina to California to enable families to stay close while retaining a greater degree of independence.
“It’s not the nuclear family, the American dream family that we see all the time,” said Jerry Messman, a partner in national design firm BSB Design. “The builders are starting to respond to it.”
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