Next Gen Homes in Maryland

In the ever-evolving landscape of residential architecture, the Next Gen Home emerges as a groundbreaking solution for modern family living. This innovative design addresses the diverse needs of today’s families by offering a unique blend of privacy, flexibility, and convenience within a single dwelling.

Definition of Next Gen Homes: A Next Gen Home is a multigenerational living solution that features a “home within a home.” This concept integrates a private suite within the main house, complete with:

  • Separate entrance
  • Kitchenette
  • Living area
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Optional garage and laundry space

This setup ensures that family members can enjoy independence while remaining close to their loved ones.

Importance and Relevance: The increasing demand for Next Gen Homes reflects the changing dynamics of modern households. As families look to accommodate aging parents, adult children, or long-term guests, the need for multigenerational living solutions grows. These homes provide:

  • Privacy and independence: Essential for maintaining harmony in multigenerational households.
  • Flexible design: Adaptable spaces that can serve as home offices, fitness areas, or learning environments. For example, Byrd Design and Build’s luxury home renovations showcase how flexible designs can be tailored to unique family needs.
  • Cost efficiency: Shared living expenses and potential rental income.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the trend towards multigenerational living is on the rise, driven by economic factors and the desire for family togetherness. Additionally, features such as energy-efficient amenities and smart home technology are attracting environmentally conscious buyers looking for sustainable living options.

For a practical understanding of how these innovative designs are being implemented, you can explore some real-life examples on Byrd Design and Build’s Our Builds page. Their projects showcase the versatility and functionality of Next Gen Homes in meeting modern family needs.

Key Features of Next Gen Homes

Flexible Design: One of the standout aspects of Next Gen Homes is their incredibly flexible design. These homes are meticulously crafted to cater to the multifaceted needs of modern families, making them perfect for multigenerational living. Key features include:

  • Multi-use Rooms: These versatile spaces can be tailored to various functions, such as a home office, fitness area, or even a learning space for children. This adaptability ensures that the home can evolve with the changing needs of the family. For a practical application of this, check out Byrd Design and Build’s luxury home renovations.


  • Adaptable Spaces for Family, Work, Wellness, and Learning: Next Gen Homes provide specific areas designed to enhance family life, support professional work from home, promote wellness activities, and facilitate educational pursuits. For example, a single room might transform from a yoga studio to a quiet study area with minimal effort. Byrd Design and Build showcases such adaptable spaces in their whole home renovations.


  • Customizable Floor Plans: Buyers can choose from a variety of floor plans that best suit their lifestyle. This customization allows homeowners to create a living environment that perfectly matches their family’s requirements. For more inspiration on customizable home designs, check out Byrd Design and Build’s our builds.

Benefits of Next Gen Homes

Multigenerational Living: The primary advantage of Next Gen Homes is their ability to support multigenerational living. This setup offers several benefits:

  • Privacy and Independence for Family Members: The private suite allows family members, such as aging parents or adult children, to maintain their independence while living under the same roof. This arrangement ensures privacy and comfort for all. Byrd Design and Build’s second story additions are an excellent example of how additional spaces can be seamlessly integrated.


  • Enhanced Family Togetherness: Despite the independent living spaces, Next Gen Homes foster a sense of togetherness. Families can easily gather in shared spaces while still having the option to retreat to their private areas.


Financial Benefits: Next Gen Homes also offer significant financial advantages:

  • Cost Savings on Shared Living Expenses: By combining households, families can save on various expenses, including utilities, groceries, and other shared costs.


  • Potential Rental Income from the Private Suite: The private suite can be rented out to generate additional income, providing a financial cushion. This option is particularly beneficial for families looking to maximize their property’s earning potential.


Green Features: Sustainability is a cornerstone of Next Gen Homes:

  • Energy-efficient Amenities Reducing Utility Costs: Features such as double-paned windows, tankless water heaters, and advanced insulation help reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. For more on energy-efficient home features, visit Energy Star.


  • Sustainable Building Materials and Designs: Next Gen Homes often incorporate eco-friendly building materials and designs that minimize environmental impact, supporting a sustainable living approach.


By offering these comprehensive benefits and advanced features, Next Gen Homes represent the future of residential living, perfectly blending functionality, sustainability, and comfort for modern families. To see real examples of these benefits in action, explore Byrd Design and Build’s full home renovation projects.

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Jessica Crowder
Jessica Crowder
This is an updated review: My initial review of May 2022 was a single star. We had hired Byrd to convert a three-season sunroom into a four-season room/family space. At the time, the project manager (PM) assigned to our case left a lot to be desired in terms of communication, quality control, and scheduling. Often, the PM would schedule X-person/job at our house, and so we'd take the day off only for noone to show. The drywall work was wavy and dimpled - everywhere. The list goes on. The "build" portion of our project a really terrible experience overall, and at the end is when I left my initial, scathing review. However, soon after the project, the Byrd folks reached out to apologize and say the PM had been let go. We were then put in touch with a new PM (Jason) to do a walk through/quality check. He was great - responsive and professional. Jason offered to have the issues fixed then, or within their 1 year warranty period - our call. We opted to wait closer to the 1 year mark because we were ready to have our space back after months of contractors being in and out. We also figured it would allow time for the space to settle so they could take care of everything in one swing. In Jan/Feb, we touched base with Jason again to address the items of concern. He wasted no time in coming out to assess what needed work, generating a punch list, and scheduling a team to come out to complete everything in two days. Based on my experience with the past PM, I was VERY skeptical of Jason's promise to have the work done in two days. The past PM would say X-job would take two days, but it'd often go two weeks. Wouldn't you know - it took two days. Just like he promised. And it looks great. The walls don't look puckered/popcorned/wavy/all the above anymore. The team who worked here was fabulous, covered our flooring and furniture before starting, and cleaned up well after they finished. So with all of that said - I amend my review from one to four-stars. Our initial experience with the old PM was a solid one-star, but this recent experience was 100% five-stars - so that is why I went with four. Had the initial experience been like our recent, it would have been a resounding five-stars all around. It's also worth mentioning that Byrd acknowledged the issues from our project, took accountability, and then took action to set things right. It is a reflection of their integrity and desire to do well by their client & client's home - which is why I am confident the problems we had would not be repeated for future clients and I can comfortably recommend them.
Julie Cicero
Julie Cicero
I cannot say enough amazing things about Byrd Design and Build! First of all, the professionalism and customer service is top notch. The BDB team was always in constant communication and always made sure I was not only satisfied, but delighted with every step of the project. We used them for a partial kitchen renovation. It required demolition, dry wall, carpentry, tile work, electric, etc and they made sure everything was clean day in and day out. They followed our requests and vision, but constantly gave us suggestions, advice, design ideas, etc. You can not get that with just using a contractor. Our project manager, Darren Greene, was also amazing! I really needed his expertise and he went above and beyond in every aspect. Our final product came out better than I could have envisioned. Can't wait to find more projects for BDB to complete!
Kevin Cross
Kevin Cross
We hired Byrd Design & Build (BDB) for a whole-house renovation of a Baltimore rowhouse governed by Maryland Historic Trust & Baltimore City CHAP regulations. We were happy with their work for us and think you should hire them too. Here’s why. The most important thing about working with BDB is value: they achieve the most bang for your renovation buck through their talented & conscientious in-house staff and their relationships with a team of dependable subcontractors. The BDB team were impeccably professional at each stage in our project, from job evaluation & bidding, to design, and on through construction and follow-up. They employ top-notch supervisors and have relationships with expert subs to get the job done right — importantly, at the right price. With bidding, they ably worked with our architect’s designs and found some practical building solutions to help manage budget, maximizing the impact of every dollar invested in our home improvement project. They were already familiar with historic preservation guidelines — and the paramount importance of that to us as clients — so there was no concern about running afoul of those regulations. At the design stage, working with BDB means you get to work with their in-house design expert, priced into the project, so there’s no need to deal with an external vendor. This means lower cost and more seamless communications with BDB project supervisors into the building phase. Through construction, BDB use an online communication platform (akin to social media) to share updates along the way. When I heard about this it struck me as slightly gimmicky, bells & whistles stuff, but it turns out it was really quite useful; it meant better client communications and helped ensure work proceeded on schedule. Beyond completion of the work, BDB really want clients to be satisfied with every last detail. If there’s any little lingering aspect that needs attention, they take care of it. For example, we had one stubborn, ancient radiator that gave us trouble at the end of our project, but BDB brought in an expert sub from the Rockville area (who works on such old systems in DC townhouses) to ensure this last detail was done the right way. I encourage you to take a look at photos of their projects on their website and social media. They can work in a variety of styles and contexts, and we saw among them images matching both the style and level of quality we required. Let me add this final thought. I was a little nervous about the prospect of getting into such a large contract with any contractor, handing over such sums to get the work started. In my case I was able to calm those concerns because multiple co-workers of mine had already used BDB on their own home improvement projects; BDB had proved themselves to be dependable in those cases, as they later did in my own project. They’re a well-established local team with a solid track record. I’ve since recommended them to multiple neighbors, without reservation. Give them an call or email. Substantial home improvement projects are a lot of work, but like they say, really absolutely worth it in the end. You’ll be glad you did.
Sandeep Devabhakthuni
Sandeep Devabhakthuni
Hired Byrd Design and Build for a bathroom remodel for a rowhouse in Canton (Baltimore), and I was very pleased with their work. The company provided a detailed estimate and did not pressure or "sell" me on selecting them. They also suggested a previous client to vouch for their work. The whole process was very organized, and the team did an excellent job communicating their progress including the use of an app so that everyone involved was aware of updates. The end result was exceptional, and the work exceeded my expectations. Their attention to the small details was impressive. I highly recommend them for any type of house renovations needed.

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Design Considerations

One of the most appealing aspects of Next Gen Homes is their wide range of customization options, allowing homeowners to tailor their living spaces to their specific needs and preferences. Some of the key customization features include:

Future Trends of Next Gen Homes

Innovations in Multigenerational Living: The landscape of multigenerational living is constantly evolving, with new innovations shaping the way families live together. Upcoming trends in home design for multigenerational families include:

  • Enhanced Flexibility in Home Design: Future Next Gen Homes will likely offer even greater flexibility, with modular designs that can be easily reconfigured as family needs change. This adaptability ensures that homes can grow and evolve along with their inhabitants.
  • Smart Home Integration: As technology advances, the integration of smart home systems will become even more seamless. Expect to see more homes equipped with comprehensive smart systems that control everything from lighting and climate to security and entertainment. These advancements make daily life more convenient and energy-efficient. For more on the latest in smart home technologies, visit the Consumer Technology Association.
  • Sustainable Materials and Green Building Practices: The use of sustainable building materials and eco-friendly practices will continue to rise. Builders are increasingly focusing on reducing the environmental impact of home construction, using materials that are both durable and sustainable. For more on green building materials, visit the U.S. Green Building Council.


Market Predictions: Experts predict that the demand for Next Gen Homes will continue to grow as more families recognize the benefits of multigenerational living. Key predictions include:

  • Increased Popularity: With the rising cost of housing and the desire for closer family connections, Next Gen Homes are expected to become a standard in the housing market. This trend is particularly strong in urban areas where space is at a premium.
  • Builder Adaptations: Builders are preparing for these changes by developing new floor plans and incorporating the latest technologies into their designs. They are also focusing on making homes more adaptable to ensure they meet the needs of future generations. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the trend towards flexible and sustainable home designs is set to dominate the market.


For those in Maryland and Delaware, Byrd Design and Build offers exceptional services in creating custom homes and renovations tailored to your needs. Check out their Our Builds page to see examples of their work and get inspired by their completed projects. For a closer look at their renovation projects, you can explore their whole home renovations and luxury home remodeling services. Start your journey towards a modern, flexible, and sustainable home today with Byrd Design and Build.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your project, don’t hesitate to contact us at Byrd Design and Build. Our team is ready to help you realize your dream home with the latest innovations in multigenerational living.


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