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Responsive Homes Address Challenge of the Next Generation

Millennial 5One, or two, of the highlights of the recent International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas last week were a couple of show homes designed to overcome the challenge of how “to engage and captivate one of the country’s most influential yet least understood generations of home buyers” – millennials.

These homes, termed the Millennial Responsive Homes, located in the Inspirada master plan in Henderson, were the subject of much media attention during the IBS. Their distinctive designs were the product of extensive market research to determine the designs, features and amenities that would draw this hard-to-reach demographic.

Among the chief findings were the age group’s interest in maximizing space and customizing and personalizing their homes. The study found that millennials gravitate toward homes with urban conveniences in suburban settings, plentiful outdoor space, and customizable floor plans. Living within walking distance to parks and schools and a sense of community also are high priorities.

The designs that ensued from this research definitely stand out.

“You’re not likely to find these in other neighborhoods,” said Pardee Southern Nevada Division President Klif Andrews. “We looked at what the millennial audience is buying and what their tastes are.”…

The homes are available in two customizable floor plans: a contemporary farmhouse design with three to four bedroom, 3½ to 4½ bath at 2,145 square feet; contemporary transitional floor plan with four bedroom, 3½ baths and nearly 3,200 square feet.

Because of the unique design and features of these homes, many of the products and methods involved in constructing them varied dramatically from those normally employed in Southern Nevada. This called for contractors who matched the ideals of the homes, innovative and responsive.

Cooper Roofing & Solar was excited to participate in the construction of these homes. Our work on the Millennial Responsive Homes was extensive and varied – shingles on the steeply-pitched Contemporary Farmhouse, single-ply on the Contemporary Transitional, metal roofing, covers on mansards and trellises, cap metal, deck waterproofing (the final deck surfaces were completed by others) and the decorative metal shrouds around the solar.

This work required the use of methods and equipment that are definitely not the norm for residential construction in Southern Nevada. But the depth and breadth of our experience in so many different elements of roofing and waterproofing prepared us well for the challenges these homes presented.

The millennial generation is estimated to consist of 75 million people, so designing homes that pique their interest is a must for home builders across the nation. The Millennial Responsive Homes in Inspirada are a tremendous step in implementing the concepts that will attract them to join the ranks of homeowners. We were proud to be a part of bringing them to life!

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