January 16, 2012
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Builder Concept Home 2012: Three Homes for Three Generations Side by Side by Side

The Builder Concept Home 2012 at the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando showcases a new model for suburban planning — homes designed to suit baby boomer, Gen X and millennial buyers — sited side by side on a cul-de-sac.

The concept homes, which reflect the buying power and housing preferences of the three generations, are in a new section of the Eagle Creek golf course community near Lake Nona about 30 minutes from the Orange County Convention Center. Shuttle buses from the convention center will take visitors to the homes for free guided tours during the show.

In addition, a photo-realistic virtual tour of the baby boomer concept house (Gen B House) will debut online at www.builderconcepthome2012.com beginning with the opening of IBS on Feb. 8.

The Gen X house for a multi-generational family

Three Homes Fulfilling Different Needs and Lifestyles

A one-level, 2,163-square-foot home was designed for a young millennial couple. A well-appointed 2,866-square-foot home was created for active baby boomers. And a two-story, 4,732-square-foot house was built for a blended and multigenerational Gen X family.

Panoramic view of the Gen X kitchen, dining room and living room

The Gen X house includes a full apartment on the second floor — with elevator access — for an elderly parent. The house also includes a hangout for a hypothetical couple’s two young children and a teenager from a previous marriage, and an office the whole family can use.

The baby boomer house

The baby boomer house features a first-level master suite and private study — plus a full apartment for a bounce-back child or caregiver and a guest suite for visiting friends. To accommodate the active boomers’ vibrant lifestyle, the home features a large demo kitchen that can be used for in-home cooking classes. The kitchen also opens up to a covered lanai so classes and parties can move outside.

The baby boomer demo kitchen

The efficient yet open and flexible floor plan of the Gen Y house features a study, sports court and an optional detached apartment for a sibling or visiting parents.

The millennials house

All three homes feature generous outdoor living spaces, pools and spas, outdoor cooking and dining, and views of the Eagle Creek golf course.

The millennials pool

Reviving the Traditional Suburban Neighborhood

Grouping the homes together in a more traditional neighborhood, rather than locating each in separate neighborhoods within the community — or targeting only one of the homes for an entire development — will enable Coral Springs, Fla.-based builder Centerline Homes to broaden its appeal and achieve sustained sales.

“Neighborhoods used to be designed this way, but suburban planning models got away from it,” said Peter Osterman, vice president of operations for Centerline, which closed on 399 homes in central and South Florida in 2010, a 29% increase over the previous year. “Today, people from all generations are coming back together, and this project enables that.”

Centerline will use the three homes as models for a new, 1,900-unit section of Eagle Creek, an increasingly common work-out strategy for communities started during the housing boom but stalled in the recession.

“Many of those failed communities are being redesigned to be more inclusive of more types of housing,” said Boyce Thompson, editorial director of Builder magazine, which has been producing the Concept Home series since 1998.

“The point is to address three strong target markets instead of relying on just one for sales. But that requires builders to design homes for each segment, not a one-house-fits-all approach,” he said.

In addition to Centerline Homes and Builder magazine, the project team includes Woodley Architectural Group, Canin Associates architects, Kay Green Design and Eagle Creek Development.

To Tour the Homes at IBS

To take free guided tours of the Builder Concept Home 2012 at IBS, go to exhibit booth W1349 or booth W12 in the main concourse to secure a seat on the shuttle bus.

For more information and to take a complete virtual tour of the Baby Boomer house, visit www.builderconcepthome2012.com.

Builder Concept Home 2012 is featured in the February issue of Builder magazine. The issue will be available throughout the Orange County Convention Center during IBS from Feb. 8-11.

Gen X House
First Floor

Gen X House
Second Floor

Baby Boomer House
First Floor

Baby Boomer House
Second Floor

Milliennials House

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