By 2030 one out of every five people in the U.S. will be 65-plus. With baby boomers retiring and becoming older, will older homeowners have to purchase specifically designed accessible homes? Thankfully not!
Increasing numbers of professional remodelers are changing up existing homes of older residents to accommodate accessibility needs. Universal features like walk-in showers and exterior ramps can be incorporated into many houses.
It often makes sense to remodel older residents’ current homes so that they are able to age comfortably without needing to move. Main floor master bedroom additions are wise changes; they can be used as a master suite from the get-go, or as guest quarters until needed by the homeowners. Ramps can be blended into the architecture and landscaping, and then they can accommodate a wheelchair or walker in the future. Wide doorways, no steps into the home, easy-to-open windows, lower counters, and so many other remodeling changes will make your home appealing and livable for a wide age- and accessibility-range of buyers and homeowners.
A recent article by MSN Real Estate focused on a survey by the National Association of Business Economics, covering new-home building trends in 2012. Read further to get the gist of the article, and head on over to MSN’s website for more details.
The housing industry has taken a beating these past few years, but a glimmer of hope is on the horizon. Housing starts are expected to increase 10% in 2012, according to a survey by the National Association of Business Economics.
Not surprisingly, though, the Great Recession curtailed many of the extravagances that buyers desired before things went south. Homebuyers want different things from their homes today. The watchword is flexibility — things such as rooms that serve multiple purposes and homes that can accommodate either “boomerang” children or aging parents.
We talked to homebuilders and industry watchers to find out what will be behind the front doors of homes built in 2012. How do these features compare to your wish list?
Grab bars in the bathroom
Fewer stairs and more ramps
A bigger garage — for more than just cars
To accommodate storage and avoid clutter
“Man caves” — additional family area
The ‘resource center’
Fewer rooms dedicated to one purpose
Nooks for household work or homework areas
Homes within homes
About one-third of American adults are living in the same household with another generation
Increase in dual master suites / apartments
Really ‘green’ homes
Greater energy efficiency
Solar panels to power the house
Home plans that fit today
Direct access to laundry areas/rooms
Large pantries off the garage for bulk items from warehouses
Drop zones for keys, mail, cell phones
The house that flows
Open floor plan — increases the perceived size
Great rooms opening to the outdoor areas
Infill is in
“Infill” homes within existing towns
Emphasizes affordability, public transportation access, job centers
All of this information is from MSN Real Esate’s article. Read more of this article by Christopher Solomon, of MSN Real Estate here: “8 New-Home Trends for 2012.”