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The starter family house reduces the mortgage burden with an attached rental unit.

Smaller singles can be used on urban infill lots, make up entire blocks of a suburban downtown, or be built on raw pieces of leftover land where density can be increased to 15 to 20 homes on a couple of acres.

On single rear-loaded homes, the street-level flex room moves to the front of the house, where it is more connected to the upper level. It could accommodate a roommate, and there’s ample space to add a full bath.

The front-load plan allows for a multipurpose room at the rear of the garage and extends the space with a porch, making it ideal as a workshop, art studio, or crash pad.

The plans can morph into rear-loaded row homes, with a driveway apron for a second car.

Contemporary elevations have jaunty rooflines and compose basic builder materials in fresh ways.

With their gabled roofs, columns, and small porch, traditional elevations can be sprinkled into existing neighborhoods.

The starter family home’s entry-level elevation has a gracious covered entryway and mixes traditional siding with brick detailing. The apartment’s side-load garage renders the rental indistinguishable in a single-family subdivision.

A simple but sophisticated aesthetic attracts the attention of young, discerning buyers. The contemporary facades are clad in a combination of masonry and wood or vinyl; rooflines could be flat or sloped.

The family-friendly floor plan includes a great room, a flexible space for a den or formal dining, and three bedrooms upstairs. The attached rental unit comes with a private courtyard, and a windowless wall in the rear bedroom preserves the main house’s patio privacy.

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