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Multigenerational families search for sanity under one roof

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Where will you spend your golden years? If you get along with your children, sharing a life and a house together can be richly rewarding, and it's more common than you might think. That's what Builder Magazine's research team learned when they interviewed 8 multigeneration families in three different housing markets. Though a sample of this size is hardly definitive, MarketScape Research & Consulting's (MSRC) findings challenge conventional notions of what constitutes a multigenerational household, and why they are living together. Most of us assume that this happens only when an older parent can no longer live independently. But the San Diego firm found that generations of a family decide to live together for many other reasons, often when the grandparents are still relatively young.  Builder commissioned the study as background information for its Multi-Generation Reality House. This demonstration project was designed by the Memphis architectural firm Looney, Ricks, Kiss, ...