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Younger Homes, Digibilt Partnership is Rashkin’s ‘Future of Housing'

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Younger Homes, Digibilt Partnership is Rashkin’s ‘Future of Housing'

Sam Rashkin encourages high-performance homebuilders to take after the likes of Younger Homes, who utilizes the latest virtual technology of Digibilt to efficiently build and sell custom homes.

Quinn Purcell, Managing Editor
October 20, 2022
Early render of mixed-use community Lago Place by Younger Homes and Digibilt
A mixed-use community with mass-customized homes built like a “manufacturing operation”—that’s the Lago Place way. Photo courtesy Digibilt

When it comes to custom home building, every project is a prototype. There’s a gamble—some uncertainty for the builder in creating unique properties each and every time. What if there was a way to build and sell homes that are highly-customized, design-optimized, and not too time-intensive?

Jesse and Danielle Younger of Younger Homes have found a way to do just that. Founded in 2017, Younger Homes has quickly become one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.—making the Inc. 5000 list for 2022. What sets the company apart from other builders? Younger Homes believes its from achieving the highest level of sustainability and quality designations in the home building industry, including EnergyStar, EPA Indoor airPLUS, and Zero Energy Ready Home Certifications.

Other than building sustainably, Younger Homes has begun implementing virtual design software to develop its ambitious mixed-use community, Lago Place.

Danielle and Jesse Younger listening to presentation in crowded room
Younger Homes founders Danielle Younger (left) and Jesse Younger (right) at the 2022 EEBA High Performance Home Summit. Photo courtesy EEBA


As a part of Younger Homes’ core team, Digibilt—a digital modeling software company—acts as its partner in product design, placemaking, and development. Digibilt does more than use Revit BIM tools, though.

Digibilt and the Younger team break a home down into a component sub-assembly level, and design rooms that are reconfigurable in many different ways. While still having the same design for the home’s living room, dining room, and kitchen, Younger Homes is able to use its versatile design plans to mix and match the pieces.

In one example, the team shows how they’ve crafted 25 different living experiences from one single design footprint. Younger achieves this by visually reordering the rooms in both 2D and 3D space.

Graph of top-down home model split up by room
The same home footprint can yield 25 different living experiences (five shown here). Photo courtesy Digibilt, Younger Homes

The digital technology of Digibilt helps the team confirm what will and won't work with each dimension. With everything virtually designed to scale, Younger is able to toy with unconventional floor plans and sizes prior to physically building anything.

“This development is going to be like a manufacturing operation with ‘mass-customized’ homes,” says Jesse Younger, co-founder, Younger Homes.


For Younger Homes, the vision is clear: Develop something special that the community needs and loves, with a wide variety of affordable, sustainable housing options. For the Lago Place mixed-use community, this is done through integrating product design and detailed planning.

Man sharing screen showing virtual 3D tour of mixed-use development
With Digibilt’s tool, you can virtually walk through Younger Homes’ mixed-use development with the click of a button. Photo courtesy Digibilt, EEBA

One of the company’s methods is configuring homes in a way that enables future-proofing. Putting ADUs in empty spaces, or structuring a home to be Airbnb- or renter-friendly, for example.

The team is mindful, though, not to segregate building types in the community. Through a detailed segmentation plan, the residences integrate throughout the community, dismantling the idea that “single-family homes go here” and “apartments are over there.”

In Younger Homes’ mixed-use community, special attention is made in crafting beauty in the small details. From a unique, ‘theatrical’ stairway between two homes, to connecting locations through vistas and memorable landmarks, the team emphasizes thoughtful density and walkability.

Render of man walking throw narrow foresty stairway between houses
Placemaking, like adding small details and memorable landmarks, is an important part of development, according to Younger Homes and Digibilt. Photo courtesy Digibilt

Additionally, Younger believes that naming individual areas in the community will increase residents’ connectivity with the space and with one-another.

All of this can—and is—visualized in the Digibilt software. One could take a first-person tour through each fully-furnished home, or virtually walk through the town square. It’s digitized homebuilding at its finest, as Sam Rashkin, founder of Housing 2.0, can attest to.

“My fear is that people may not realize how important this really is. High-performance homebuilders just have to be industry leaders, and what Younger Homes is doing is transformational,” says Rashkin.

Sam Rashkin speaking at EEBA Summit in crowded room
Sam Rashkin calls Younger Homes, Digibilt “game changing” for the future of housing. Photo courtesy EEBA

Rashkin shared his appreciation during Younger Homes’ and Digibilt’s presentation at the 2022 EEBA High Performance Home Summit. According to him, this process is the future of housing. “With the amazing assistance of Digibilt, this is not just another case study, it’s the start of this kind of development,” says Rashkin.

RELATED: How to Digitize the Homebuilding Process

Guess what? We've got a TikTok (and Instagram Reel) video of Sam Rashkin sharing his thoughts on the project, and what it means for the future of housing. Click here to watch.

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