The Perks of Working From Home (from Carinsurance.org)

Most of the time, you love your car, but if you’re like most drivers, chances are that sometimes you wish you could spend a little less time behind the wheel. Commuting time in the US is at an all-time high as congestion worsens and traffic becomes a problem in many major cities. The vast majority of commuters drive to work alone, which just adds to the problem of having too many cars on the road. If you’ve ever felt like pounding your fist on the steering wheel while you sit in traffic to and from your office, you’re probably not alone. So imagine if you never had to commute again—telecommuter or remote positions are becoming more and more numerous as technology expands to give employees an opportunity to efficiently work off-site. If you’ve ever worked from home, you know the luxury of conducting business in your pajamas without having to worry about making the drive to the office. Working from home saves you money spent on gas, and cutting out the commute also helps out the environment, but working from home has another advantage—studies show that employees who regularly work from home are healthier, happier, and generally better workers. The following infographic takes a look at why a little telecommuting might help everyone out.

Telecommuter Infographic

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Multigenerational Home Trends

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An increasing trend in new home product marketing and design is multigenerational homes.    This marketing approach is becoming more common among architects and homebuilders who are responding to an increasing demographic: multigenerational households. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, although home sales were down in recent years, this niche product appears to be solid and growing.

Demographics

  • According to an article in Business Week in November 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that multigenerational households increased by 30% between 2000 and 2010.  Some of the reasons contributing to this demographic trend include the poor economy, which caused “boomerang kids” to return home after college, military, or after losing jobs, as well as the aging baby boomer population which moved in with their kids to save money or help with child care.
  • The Census Bureau reports that during the recent economic recession the doubling up of adults in households increased across the country.   That particularly affected young adults, with 5.9 million people aged 25 to 35 living in their parents’ home in 2011, up from 4.7 million before the recession.  That means in March of this year 14.2% of young adults were living with their parents, up 2% since 2007.
  • Once common, multigenerational households have declined in modern times, though they are making a comeback due to economic factors. They made up 24.7% of households in 1940, then dropped as low as 12.1% in 1980 but rose to 16.7% in 2009, according to a study by the Pew Research Center that looked exclusively at households where everyone was related. The Census Bureau found last spring that 18.3% of U.S. households contained adult relatives or roommates, up from 17% four years earlier.
  • For many ethnic groups, particularly Latinos and Asians, a home embracing many generations is common.   In 2009, 23.4% of Latino households and 25.8% of Asian households were multigenerational, according to the Pew study.

Product Features:

  • Lennar, Pulte Group, and KB Home are some of the leading homebuilders that are offering new homes targeting multigenerational families.   These builders include features such as second master bedrooms, kitchenettes, and separate entrances.   The concept is designed for baby boomers whose aging parents are moving in with them or for buyers whose adult children are returning home to live.   The arrangement also benefits winter visitors coming to see their children and grandchildren.
  • Pulte offers new homes which come with stand‐alone guesthouses or the option of converting attached garages to “casitas”.  Other Pulte features to accommodate extended families include second master bedrooms located on the ground floor, for elderly family members.
  • Because these homes can be accessed from inside and outside, they are not considered multifamily units and are not subject to multifamily zoning.
  • The “home within a home” has a second front door leading to an area separate from the main house that consists of a combination kitchenette, sitting room and laundry plus a bathroom and one bedroom.  In some cases there is an option for a second bedroom by sacrificing the formal dining room in the main house. Kitchenettes, as opposed to full kitchens are included, to comply with single family zoning requirements.
  • Other features may be included for specific buyer profiles. For example, in targeting Latino buyers, family social spaces and front porches are important, while study areas near the kitchen and mud room areas for shoe storage are important for Asian buyers.
    Sample:  Lennar’s Multigenerational Floorplan

Product Locations:

  • Lennar unveiled its first “Next Gen” homes in September in the Phoenix area and expects to offer them in as many as 40 communities. Besides Phoenix, the company is targeting California’s Inland Empire and Central Valley, followed by Las Vegas.   The company states that these are all areas that have suffered some of the biggest price declines since the U.S. housing bubble burst, so there is a need for new designs to boost sales.   Kevin L. Crook, an Irvine architect who designed the Next Gen homes in Rosena Ranch and Rancho Bella Vista in San Bernardino County, said most jurisdictions do not mind a grandparent or adult daughter with a small child occupying such a unit, which is about 500 square feet, but “they don’t want an entire family moving in.”   Lennar has also started construction of its first Next Gen homes in four Tampa Bay area communities that feature integrated “home within a home” floor plans for live‐in relatives or guests.
  • Pulte Group launched its Anthem communities for all ages in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado.    Although these multigenerational communities stop short of putting several generations under one roof, they build close but separate sections for active adults, families and younger couples: one‐story houses and golf courses down the street from larger, single‐family homes near playgrounds and schools.
  • The New Home Company is opening Lambert Ranch in Irvine, offering three neighborhoods with generational estates, guest houses and casitas, and private quarters with a separate outdoor entrance to a living suite.  Some of the homes will feature the ability to create family compound homes, with two separate residences on the same property.

For immediate release
Meyers
California Market Watch, April 3, 2012
Blayne Brinket, Senior Consultant
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Our 2Gen history is rooted in the Chicago 2 Flat

“It Will Cost You Less Than $25/month For Your Own Rent!” Developer Erik Linn ran this ad for his development on the north side of Chicago in 1929. Linn not only weathered the depression with his developments, he did quite well, … Continue reading

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Why we created this XL home

Remember the 1976 best seller, “Passages?” You’re single – married – have children – a nanny – your an empty nester – with a boomerang child – with a senior parent – it’s just you and your wife again – with a caregiver! You start a home business – move it to an office park – retire and work out of your house again!

What if you had a home that easily changed to accommodate your life’s changing needs? What if you had 600 or 1200 SF of space that could easily become an independent guest suite, office suite, or band room for your teenage son?

The XL has a large Bonus Room that’s part of the main home, but it has its own front door entrance and bathroom, and it’s plumbed for a future kitchenette. Converting the Bonus Room to a lock-off nanny suite with its own kitchenette would cost less than four mortgage payments. Converting it to a private office or studio could cost less than one!

We created his home because we believe that a well functioning, flexible home makes for a healthy family environment. We believe that when families stay in their homes longer, neighborhoods are more stable and communities are more sustainable.
We also care deeply about our environment. These homes are green by design as more people and more activities happen in this home, reducing trips and sharing resources. XL homes have a potentially much smaller carbon footprint than other traditional homes.

Live happy, live healthy,
Howard Perlman, AIA
Environmental Design Group, LLC
Perlman Architects of Arizona, Inc

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You don’t have to work at your kitchen table anymore!

Due to the internet and the economy, millions of people today, from accountants to interior designers are working out of their homes. We believe that in the right home, you can work just as efficiently as you could in your downtown office, without sacrificing the sanctity of your home. Our goal was to design a warm, cozy, award winning home with a class A office suite inside!

If you are a telecommuter or run your own home based business, this house was designed for you. It has a wonderful living space for your family, functional and with loads of natural light. Secluded, but accessible from your home is a professional work environment with its own bathroom, kitchenette, and separate front door for visitors.

In this home you can work in privacy without disturbing your family, and with your family not disturbing you. It’s emotionally healthier than working on the kitchen table because you have a true separation of work and family. Your work is not scattered around your home and your home is not scattered around your office.
And as your family’s needs change, your office can be easily transformed into a fully independent residence, or incorporated into the rest of your home as additional bedrooms or hobby rooms. With this home people can stay in their homes longer, creating more stable, sustainable neighborhoods.
Finally, we also care deeply about our environment. This home reduces trips and has therefore has a smaller carbon footprint than other traditional homes.

Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

Live happy, live healthy,
Howard Perlman, AIA
Environmental Design Group, LLC
Perlman Architects of Arizona, Inc

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Elevators and Cars changed everything.

America’s rich and poor are becoming increasingly polarized and according to Charles Murray in his latest essay, The New American Divide, it’s not a good thing for America.

Before elevators zoning was vertical; first and second floors, when they weren’t retail or office, were luxury living, the third and fourth floors were middle class living and the fifth and sixth floors were cheaper apartments. The poorer you were, the more stairs you had to climb. There were always better and worse neighborhoods to live in, but for the most part rich and the poor lived together. Elevators began segregating people horizontally by buildings, but at least they lived in the same neighborhoods.

In the 1950’s, cars led to the creation of suburbia, which led to horizontal zoning. The rich and middle class moved to their respective neighborhoods, protected by zoning ordinances and CCR’s. They left the poorer back in the old neighborhood to fend for themselves.

You are who you associate with. If you hang with the rich, you have a greater prospect of becoming or staying rich. If you hang with the poor it’s pretty tough to work your way up.

If we all agree that diverse neighborhoods are better for our country, we better look at the way we plan and zone our cities. Human nature is such that very few of us like the idea of living with people that are poorer or sicker than we are, but as designers we must create neighborhoods that provide more diverse housing opportunities for everyone, rich and poor, old and young, families and singles, owners and renters. If we do we’ll have more sustainable communities and a more sustainable America.

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Fusion Designers – Modern day Usonians

At some point in their careers, many great Architects have looked around at their world and wondered why it can’t be better.

During the depth of the depression in the 1930’s, Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian homes for the common man. Mostly one story L-shaped plans around courtyards, they had no attics or basements. A long cantilevered roof that Wright called a “carport” protected the family’s car. Deep overhangs provided passive solar heating and natural cooling. They had radiant floor heating and strong indoor/outdoor visual connections. Over 100 of these modest, organic, forerunner of the 1950’s ranch homes were built.

Fusion designers are Architects and Engineers that care about how people live today. They are not constrained by industry traditions. They design for the present and the future. They are against monotony and sprawl. They are for family, community and green design.

Usonia on wikipedia

What is a Usonian?

Usonian Images

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Live-Work-Learn-Pray

Chabad House UNLV

Synagogues and churches where neighbors pray, learn and socialize create and reinforce community.  Somehow between zoning regulations and the automobile, we lost this important thread in the fabric of our neighborhoods.  This Fusion™ Live-Work™ home functions as the Rabbi’s home, his office, and a home away from home for college students.

We designed the first floor of this home to feel like any other home with Living Room, Dining Room, Study, Kitchen and Family Room.  But this “homey feeling” first floor is designed for flexibility. Simply moving furniture around can transform these spaces into a Chapel or larger Dining Room.

Although there is constant interaction between the family and students, there are times when the family needs privacy.   Therefore, we located the family’s bedrooms in an upstairs “lock off” along with a small private family room with kitchenette, and outdoor play deck for the Rabbi’s children.

The design formula for this home works on any campus or neighborhood.  The concept promotes walkablity and community.  It’s green because it’s multiple uses reduce trips, and resources are shared by more people.  Chabad House UNLV is good for the Rabbi’s family, his students, the community and the planet!

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Walkable Neighborhoods

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to send your little boy or girl to the grocery store for bread or milk?  Or to schmooze with friends at your neighborhood coffee shop down the street?  Or to have a safe place for your kids to go after school (if you’re not home) where they can get a snack and do their homework?

Survey after survey confirms that the majority of Americans today prefer, and will pay 20 to 30% more for walkable communities, where there is something meaningful and useful places to walk to, like a boutique grocery store with a UPS and laundry pick up, a café with Wi-Fi serving healthy sandwiches and salads.

Additionally, a preschool –daycare- after school tutoring center would be very useful for parents with regular or sporadic child care needs.  And a small house of worship that neighbors walk to promotes community.

The opportunity to accommodate these neighborhood sustaining uses exist today in Live Work™ brand homes.  In these homes, the first floor accommodates the “work” use, and the family lives upstairs.

A small district of three to six Live Work homes, preferably at the neighborhood’s entry, creates the opportunity for a “neighborhood center.”  Ideally, these centers are situated adjacent to a park or playground where parents and grandparents can have a coffee while watching the kids play.  If provided for the park, parking lots can be shared, however, parking lots should be discouraged as the idea is walkability.

Connecting to other neighborhoods, shopping and employment centers is important for those short a car or two, and those too young or too old to drive.  Light rail, bus, or van transit stops in these neighborhood centers reduce our carbon footprint as well as the feeling of suburban isolation. Perhaps the corner store has a few rental cars for those who only need a car on an occasional basis?

Incorporating senior day care, independent and assisted living facilities in neighborhood centers allows people to stay “home” longer as they age.  Neighborhoods are richer with a wider variety of ages and more sustainable as seniors are not forced to move for care or socialization.  Best of all, grandchildren and neighbors can still walk over to visit!
For more on the subject please visit “suburbia” articles and videos at myFusionhome.com.

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Why we created the revolutionary 2Gen home.

As Architects we care about people and how they live.  We are social but we need our privacy.  We enjoy helping others but we need our independence.  What’s more heartwarming than grandparents sharing stories with their grandchildren, or sisters baking and laughing together in the kitchen?

We believe that in the right environment, sharing a home can be beautiful life experience, so we threw out the last 50 years of “typical” and started from scratch.  Our goal was to design a healthy, enriching, “happy” environment for people living with other people.  For us, Dual Masters don’t cut it.  Everyone needs their own private living spaces, kitchens and front doors.

If you are living or anticipate living with boomerang children, senior parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, nannies, or caregivers, this home was designed for you.  You can be together when you want to be, and alone when you want to be.  You can enjoy each other’s company and share expenses without sacrificing your privacy.

And as your family’s needs change, your 2Gen lock-off can easily “reGENerate” from a residential suite to a studio, office, or hobby room.  People can stay in their homes longer, creating more stable, sustainable neighborhoods.

Finally, we also care deeply about our environment.  Since more people are sharing the same resources this home naturally reduces trips and has a smaller carbon footprint than traditional homes.

If you need a 2Gen home, don’t settle for “typical.”  Live happy, live healthy.

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Who moved the Homebuilder’s cheese?

Homebuilders will sell approximately 50% less homes this year than they did in 2007, and the average prices of these homes are off by more than 50% in parts of the Country.  They blame the economy, the government, even themselves, but what are they doing about it? 

Where’s the cheese?  According to Rick Salyer of PAZ Architects in Las Vegas, “it’s in the home itself.  Yes the economy is bad, and sales prices are down, but there is something that Builders can do to get people excited about buying.  They can start building homes for the way we live today.”

The Homebuilding Industry has been building variations of the same 3 bedroom, 2 bath home for the classic nuclear family since the 1950’s.  In 1957 this Mom, Dad and 2 kid family comprised 45% of all American Households; today it’s only 22% and shrinking.

Households that are growing include single parent households, multigenerational homes for Boomerang Kids, Boomerang Seniors, and homes designed for brothers, sisters, and close friends doubling up.  One in six people today live in a household with two adult generations, but try to find a home in the suburbs to accommodate this and you won’t.

The extended family augments the nuclear family in many cultures….In particular, grandparents offer a unique form of support to the family, both to the parents and to the children….Families in which three generations interact in close harmony provide the greatest support for successfully raising children. Such children are then ready to relate to people of all ages in society, and are substantially connected to traditions and beliefs of their lineage… New World Encyclopedia

According to Perlman Architects of AZ, designers of the Fusion™ brand home in Phoenix, extended, or “Fusion” family living can be a healthy, enriching experience that can be significantly enhanced in a home designed specifically for it.  “Maybe the economy has brought us here, but it’s not a bad place to be.  Most cultures embrace It.” says Ken Powers of Perlman in Phoenix.  “Americans embraced it up until the 1950’s, but now, thankfully for the children, it’s coming back.”

Perlman Architect’s new Fusion 2Gen™ home looks like any other home on the block, but it actually contains two independent living units, each with their own entries and kitchens.  The 3Gen™ home provides private independent living for three families living together.  Fusion homes create richer neighborhoods with happier kids and better balanced families.  They are just plain sensible.

Lennar homes is leading the Fusion Revolution with their private label brand “Next Gen” home now available all over AZ, Southern CA and soon NV.  Meritage and Beazer homes are close behind.

Fusion started this revolution that has energized the homebuilding industry.  Their homes are great for homebuilders, which makes them great for the economy, and most importantly they are great for the families living in them.  To find out more about them, visit myFusionhome.com.

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25% of the American Workforce does some work at home.

According to New Strategist Publications’ Cheryl Russell, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, indicates that one in four employed people does some or all of their work at home.

If you work at home and you are looking for a new home, you do not have to settle for the “den option.” eBiz™ homes have separate entries for business guests and deliveries. Offices have their own bathrooms and kitchenettes, and they have sound deadening walls that enable you to work at your home as comfortably and efficiently as you do at your downtown office.

Live-Work™ homes offer larger studios that are ideal for professional stay at home moms with small children. If you’re a teacher looking for a large functional first floor tutoring or play area, or an interior designer looking for a private design lab, Live-Work is for you. You can spread out without feeling like your business is invading your home life. It’s healthy, functional and economical.

They have now See these and other great home brands at http://www.myfusionhome.com/

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The Fusion Revolution

Finally, homes and neighborhoods designed for the way we live today.  Fusion did the research, design and the development.  They found the builders to build it, and it’s energized the home building industry.  It’s got home buyers, real estate agents, architects and builders talking.  It’s the new Fusion home brand and we’re not sure if it’s a movement or a revolution!

In the spring of 2010 Howard Perlman, a Las Vegas architect, began thinking about what he could design.  There were empty buildings everywhere. Nobody was going build another shopping center or office or apartment building for years.  The only people still building were the home builders who were losing money building, but were forced to work through their land inventory.  To mitigate losses and compete with REO’s, builders were reducing square footage and finishes, but it wasn’t enough to entice buyers to buy new homes.

Perlman believed that the way to get a buyer to buy a new home was to offer the buyer something new, something the buyer couldn’t find in the sea of new models, cheap short sales and REO’s.  He researched demographics at the US Census Bureau and Pew.  The numbers confirmed the obvious.  Due to the country’s changing demographics and economy, more and more people are doubling up with relatives and friends.  And due to the internet, long commute distances and again, the economy, more and more people are working at home.

During the summer of 2010, Perlman trademarked Fusion homes and several other brands including 2 Gen for families living with families and friends, and eBiz for families working from home.  The eBiz brand has its own separate office or studio with its own front door, bathroom, and optional bar or kitchenette.  The separation of home and work makes work time more efficient and home time more enjoyable.  Who wants to see piles of papers on the kitchen table, coffee table, bedroom floor?

The 2 Gen brand has a totally independent lock-off suite with its own entry, living space and kitchen, essential for healthy, successful living.  Lock-off suites range from a one bedroom, ideal for senior parents and nannies, to three bedroom suites, ideal for boomerang adult children with children of their own.  Sisters, cousins and friends living together can share chores and expenses without sacrificing privacy or independence.2 Gen and eBiz could not have come at a better time. The homebuilding industry is tired and beat up.  It’s still based on the nuclear family customer base of 50 years ago, that used to represent more than 40% but now only 24% of families in America.  Home builders, desperate for buyers were in need of a new idea, but most were so shell-shocked, they couldn’t think “inside” the box let alone “outside” of it.  2 Gen and eBiz are the idea.

Howard Perlman with his Sister, Mother and Grandfather

Perlman understands this type of living.  Aside from spending lots of time abroad, where people sharing and working from homes is more common, he grew up on the Northside of Chicago in a bungalow, with his family on the first floor and grandparents on the second.  “We had a common entry that locked from the outside.  Our flat locked from the foyer, as did my grandparent’s at the top of the stairs, but our “inside doors” were only locked at night.  When we got ourselves into a little trouble, my sister and I would scamper upstairs to our ‘safety zone.’  Friday night dinners upstairs and doing homework with my grandparents are some of my fondest childhood memories.  Kids today don’t have that, and I think it hurts us as a culture.”

On Dec. 14, 2010, Howard Perlman walked into Alan Jones’ office at Lennar in Tempe, Arizona and explained his concept – the new Fusion home brand.  He showed Alan a half dozen videos and articles from Pew Research, the US Census Bureau, etc.  He showed him floor plans of houses that looked like single family homes, designed for standard single family lots, but were in fact two homes in one, or a home with a “real” office inside, not just a “den option.”   Alan loved it, hired Perlman, and the rest is history.  He calls his private label brand “Next Gen, the home within a home,” and it’s being built all over the Southwest. People sharing homes with other people and people working at home are unstoppable trends.  According to Perlman, “that’s far from bad – in the right home, it’s economical, healthy, enriching and downright fun, especially for the kids!”  Fusion licensed architects and builders get it.  They are the revolutionaries.  They are the ones building homes for the way we live today.  They are saving an industry and helping to get our economy back on its feet.

You can learn more about Fusion throughout our website

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Fusion homes are better…

Better for the planet…These homes are green by design, reducing carbon footprints, reducing vehicular trips, and sharing resources.

 Better for the community… Streetscapes become richer.  Cozy neighborhood markets and café’s, tutoring centers, boutique child and senior day cares are a walk away.  Neighbors become friends and neighborhoods more sustainable.

Better for kids…eBiz™ homes afford parents more time to spend with them, and 2Gen™ homes allow grandparents, aunts and uncles to help care for them.  Who better to care for your kids than your parents?

Better for grandparents… Granny and Grandpa can live totally independently in your home, without being alone.  Their lives are useful, helping to care for their families; and when “they” need help, their families are there to care for them.

 Better for your career… eBiz homes are as private and efficient as a downtown office without the distractions or wasted travel time.  Visitors don’t walk through your home to see you.

Better for your health…For telecommuters, total separation of your home and office allows you to physically, mentally and emotionally leave work to be with your family – in less than 60 seconds!  Families living together, sharing resources and chores is enriching and economical, while individual entries and kitchens give each family their own private domain.


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For some people, 3Gen makes a lot of sense!

A 3Gen™ home may look like a very large, luxurious home, but it’s actually three totally independent homes in one.  Each home has its own front door, kitchen, bedrooms and living space.   Everyone has their privacy – but chores, expenses and babysitting duties are shared.  Whether you’re three friends or three family members, if you want to live in luxury with the people you care for, explore 3Gen.

Single mothers living together

The return of the multi-generational family household


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Sandwich Generation Blues

Boomers:  Is living with your children AND your parents driving you crazy? 

Is living with your children AND your parents driving you crazy?

One in every eight middle-aged Americans is currently caring for at least one child and a parent under the same roof. (Pew Research Center) This is the Sandwich Generation blues, or does it have to be?

The Fusion™ 2 Gen™ home is the best home on the market today for Baby Boomers living with their children AND their parents.  These multigenerational homes look like any other house on the block but they include an independent first floor suite with its own dual entry, living space and kitchen for Grandma and Grandpa.  It’s the new Granny Flat with style!

The Fusion 3 Gen™ home adds not one, but two lock-off suites, one for senior Boomerang Parents AND one for adult Boomerang Kids.  It’s actually three independent homes in one.  While the three adult family units living together help each other with chores and finances, everyone retains their INDEPENDENCE and PRIVACY.

In the proper environment, families sharing homes can be enriching, as well economically and ecologically beneficial.  Fusion homes has partnered with the best Homebuilders in America to design and build homes for the way we live today.   These homes are beautiful, functional and healthy.

See the 2 Gen and 3 Gen homes

Ref:

Baby-Boomers-R-We.com

AlterNet.org


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Do you work at home, on your kitchen table? There’s a better way.

Where do you work?Due to the economy, changing demographics, and the internet, the numbers of home based workers are rapidly increasing.    According to the US Census Bureau, home-based workers made up 8 percent of the total U.S. workforce in 2005.  This number is growing rapidly.

How many more people would work at home if they had a Fusion™ eBiz™ home?

The eBiz home looks like its traditional neighbors on the outside, but inside is quite unique.  Separated from the main residence with a double wall is a totally independent office or studio for Interior Designers, Accountants, even Musicians.  The office/studio has its own entry from the outdoors as well as from the inside.  It has its own bathroom and in most cases its own kitchenette.  It’s a place where you can work (or play) in peace without disturbing the family, and where the family can live in peace without disturbing you.

You’ve seen many homes with optional dens, but this is much more.  This is a place where visitors can come and go without traipsing through your home.  Working out of a typical house, your family life and work life blur to the point that you never leave work and you never come home.  The eBiz home is a healthier environment for telecommuters and everyone working from home.

Fusion believes that working at home can be healthy, as well economically and ecologically beneficial…..within the proper environment.  Fusion homes has partnered with the best Homebuilders in the Country to design and build homes for the way we live today.

http://www.myfusionhome.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuting

http://usgovinfo.about.com/b/2010/01/28/more-americans-working-from-home.htm


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Are you a Nuclear or Fusion Family?

Nuclear family:  A household consisting of a father, a mother and their children, all in one household dwelling.

Fusion family:  A household consisting of an extended family and/or adult friends, caregivers and children, all in one household dwelling.

Nuclear Family


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The Minivan of Homes

Today's family adapting to their changing lifestyle

In 1979 Lee Iacocca went to his executives and told them that it’s time they adapt to their changing customer base.  It’s not just men going to work and taking the family for Sunday drives.  Mothers are driving their kids to school, soccer practice, shopping malls, and those big old sedans are just not functional.   So in 1984 Chrysler introduced the minivan.  It didn’t replace every car on the road, but it sure killed the station wagon.

In 2010 Howard Perlman began telling Home builders that they need to adapt to their changing customer base.

The traditional family that used to comprise 40% of homebuyers in 1970, now comprises only 24% of the market.  For the 20% of this country that’s doubling up, and for the 15% of this country that’s working at home there needs to be a more functional home.  So through the Fusion™ brand he introduced 2Gen™ and eBiz™, the minivans of homes.  They won’t replace every home on the block, and they may not totally kill the dual master, but they will make life better for a lot of people today, for a long time to come.

Dodge Caravan Wiki


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Boomerang Seniors

Fusion homes reinvents the Granny Flat with panache.

“Dear Grandma and Grandpa, we know you’ll feel safer and more useful living with us, but we just didn’t think you’d be happy in our tiny downstairs bedroom sharing your bathroom with the rest of the family.  You deserve more, so we went looking for better options and guess what?   Yesterday we bought a brand new 2Gen home.  You’ll have your own place right inside our home with your own kitchen and bathroom.  Can’t wait to live with you!  Love, the Kids.”

2 Gen

As of 2008, a record 49 million Americans, or 16.1% of the total U.S. population, lived in a family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation. (from the Pew Social Trends report)

The Fusion™ 2 Gen™ home is the best home today for boomerang seniors living with their children and grandchildren.  These homes look like any other house on the block but provide a first floor lock-off suite with its own dual entry, living space and kitchen.

The 2 Gen home is the new Granny Flat, with style.  It’s healthy living for everyone.  You’re together when you want to be, but you can have your privacy too.  You’re there to help, but you have your own kitchen and front door and you’re not dependent anyone else.

Fusion homes has partnered with the foremost Homebuilders in the Country to build homes for the way we live today.   Theses homes are functional, green and enriching, especially for grandparents and grandchildren.

Tour Lennar’s Next Gen, the Evolution a home designed by us at My Fusion home.


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