Meet the neighbors
Each Lennar Next Gen home is unique, from the home design and finishes, to the families that call it home. And, each family has its own personal story to tell. See how real families across the country use their Next Gen home.
Steve and Sharon Gardner live in the main home, while Sharon’s mother has set up in their Next Gen suite. Everybody in the family is happily retired, including the Gardner’s cat—because, according to Steve, “cats are always retired.”View the family floorplan >
Every morning, Steve brings his mother-in-law a latte and they talk politics. “The interconnecting door is like an outside door. It's soundproof, but if there was an emergency, we're right there.”
Before their Next Gen home, Sharon would call her mother during her commute to work, “but talking on the phone isn't the same as visiting and asking her how she is and seeing the expression on her face so I know if she's just pulling my leg.”
“She’s an independent person. It hasn’t inconvenienced us in the least. It’s not like having somebody living in your guest bedroom. She’s got her house and she treats it as her house.”
Steve grills up some steaks on the patio of his Next Gen home, while the ladies visit over tea. “The convenience and privacy part go hand in hand. It's just a great concept,” Steve says.
Ken and Gail Webb transformed their Next Gen suite into a music studio. As a working musician, Ken loves having his own space to work and jam with his buddies. Gail also loves that Ken has his own space to jam with his buddies.View the family floorplan >
With the Next Gen suite’s kitchenette, Ken can grab a beer or snack from the fridge without interrupting his wife, while she’s working in the main home.
Ken uses the bedroom in the Next Gen suite as his office. “When you work from home, the environment and space plays a significant role. And I hadn't really appreciated the true extent of that until we moved into this home.”
“It’s so easy to fit our things and to make them look like they belong in this space. And maybe that's it. We belong in this space.”
Gail loves having the office in the main home for her stationary business. “I always wanted a red room. It makes me feel glorious, it really does. I have my office, he has his man cave.”
Every week, Ken invites his friends over to his music studio to catch up and play together. Gail calls it “Man Cave Friday.”
The Webbs cherish the time they spend on their back porch. “That backyard has kind of become our oasis,” says Gail, “we have coffee in the morning or dinner out there.”
Tom and Rebecca Chow emigrated to California from Hong Kong over two decades ago as students. Now their two children are students themselves. While the Next Gen suite makes a great teen escape space for Ryan and Tiffany, the family’s primary use for it is to host visiting relatives from Hong Kong, Canada and Saudi Arabia.View the family floorplan >
It was home love at first sight for the Chows. “We walked in and wow…so much openness in one room and everything really made sense how it is laid out. We can all hang out together and have a great time.”
With her brother away at UCLA most of the time, Tiffany got to nab the biggest upstairs bedroom. “It has a walk-in closet and a girl needs that!” she explains with a grin.
The Chows relish family game night and get quite competitive about Mahjong. “If we win, the kids have to do the dishes,” laughs Tom.
On the weekends, Ryan comes home from the college dorms, where “everything is just very small.” He loves using the Next Gen suite to sprawl out and study, and also likes to study in the upstairs office alcove.
The Chows love to travel and have taken their kids to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Texas. But even more now, they love coming home.
When the family isn’t hosting visitors, Ryan and Tiffany like to hang out in the Next Gen suite, playing video games, studying or just chilling with friends.
Besides the Next Gen suite, Rebecca’s favorite home feature is the dedicated wok kitchen. The tiled backsplash, powerful vent hood and high-heat stove are designed to accommodate traditional Chinese cooking.
Tom acknowledges that when you have teenagers, they’re going to have issues at times. But in their home, they can all “spend time together as a family and everything will be better … we can do it in different ways, but together we all can achieve that American Dream.”
For six years, Bill Clark’s parents lived with his family, but he wanted to find a home that could better accommodate his mother’s mobility issues. So when he discovered the Next Gen home while on a family trip to Central Florida, he decided this vacation was going to be permanent.View the family floorplan >
Grandma Clark catches up with her granddaughter as she cuts carrots for her famous stew in the Next Gen kitchenette. “If you’re really here to be with your family, this is a nice set-up. It really is.”
“Living together and sharing costs is a huge factor,” Bill points out. “It’s really beneficial to work together to keep the house running.”
Grandma Clark was thrilled when she discovered her washer and dryer were hidden away in the kitchen. “In the other house, I had to go to the basement to do laundry so when I couldn’t do the steps anymore, Bill would have to do it for me.”
“We looked at the home as a future investment for ourselves because with three children, eventually when we get older, it’s possible we could live in the Next Gen suite and one of the children can have the home,” Bill mentions.
In the main home, Bill’s family has opted for a pool table instead of a kitchen table. “We have a large enough table in the breakfast nook, so we tried to make it a fun family home.”
The Clark Family
Eddie and Emily Wiseman needed a home that could accommodate their two kids, as well as their latest addition to the family—Emily’s mother. The Next Gen home is perfect since it keeps the family together, but still gives everyone a place to call their own.View the family floorplan >
The master bedroom in the Next Gen suite is great for Grandma Wiseman. “It’s like having my own place, but with the benefit that somebody is around if I need help.”
Emily spends many afternoons with her mother in the courtyard. “I just love to go out there. It’s peaceful. The way the house surrounds the porch, there’s a lot of privacy.”
Since his mother-in-law is just next-door, Eddie is notorious for sneaking a few cookies from her kitchenette in the Next Gen suite.
The Wisemans love their movie nights and big family dinners in the main home. “We can come together and relax and not feel like we’re on top of each other.”
Eddie works from home in the main office. When the double-doors are closed, his family knows he’s hard at work. “We have beautiful wood floors in there. So I love that. I’ve got my desk. I bought a couch. It’s big enough for all those things.”
“Our home is not a cookie-cutter design, it has a lot of flexibility in ways a family would choose to use it,” Eddie points out. “From a resale perspective, if I’m being practical about things, it's not going to be on the market very long because there are very few homes with this design.”
Tom and Lenore Ault were empty nesters who, for the first time in their marriage, were looking for a home that was just for them. It was important each had a space to call their own, as well as a space to share. The Next Gen home gave them just that.View the family floorplan >
Lenore decorated the main home to her liking, while Tom made the Next Gen suite his own. “Opposites attract,” Lenore says with a smile. “And we were able to reflect that with the Next Gen suite.”
The Next Gen suite provides Lenore and her husband with their own personal space. “I realized this doesn’t have to be an in-law suite, this could be his man cave, where he would have privacy,” Lenore points out.
Tom works out of the Next Gen suite’s bedroom, which he’s turned into his office. “We didn’t have the scenario most people think of it for, but when we thought of it as a space for me, it worked perfectly.”
Tom and Lenore relax on their back patio. “I think the biggest thing I want to stress is this has been a fun house for us because it’s been about us.”
The Ault Family
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