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Since the heyday of the "typical family" in the '50s and '60s, housing has followed our changing living patterns by focusing on other markets, especially singles and retired people. Even so, kids are here to stay, and there is still a big market for family housing. With that in mind, I designed a case study house to include features that respond to the needs of kids and help smooth out conflicts between the generations. Open Plans Lack Privacy Open plans are a great help in preventing small houses from feeling claustrophobic, but they don't allow much acoustical privacy. Adding back some of the barrier walls and doors permits competing groups, like adults and teenagers, to use the house in different