Targeting the needs of the 60 million Americans currently living in a multigenerational residence, the ReNEWable Living Home is a smart approach to providing flexible, open floor plans for ever-evolving families. Labeled “Sandwich Generation” households, these homes include young adults and older parents living under the same roof as the primary breadwinners.
The Orlando-area 5,800-square-foot home, developed by Meritage Homes in conjunction with Hanley Wood’s BUILDER magazine and Arizona-based BSB Design, includes seven bedrooms and five bathrooms with flex spaces that can be tailored to the demands of each individual homebuyer. And as these Sandwich Generation households evolve, with family members leaving or re-entering the nest, the ReNEWable Living Home’s floor plan can evolve along with them.
At the heart of the home is Western Window Systems’ new Series 7600 90-Degree Multi-Slide Door, a giant, floor-to-ceiling moving wall of glass that can open up two different rooms to a covered outdoor living space. On one side of the 90-degree system is the dining space, and on the other is the great room. When both sides of the door are slid away from each other in wall pockets, the homeowner experiences a greatly expanded living space with improved interior flow and the boundary between the outdoors and the indoors eliminated.
Use of the Series 7600 is only one part of the ReNEWable Living Home’s overall focus on energy efficiency. New technologies involving wall assembly, insulation and roofing have been introduced in the home, as have an energy management product from Schneider Electric, called Wiser Energy, and the Carrier Complete Home Comfort System. Meritage also included energy-smart appliances from Whirlpool, an app-controlled spa shower by Moen, and a Greyter graywater management system.