Are you seeking a lifelong dream home? If so, you don’t have to worry about losing luxury for an age-friendly home. A recent AIA Home Design Trends Survey found “interior design elements meant to aid aging in place continue to top the list.” These features include home accessibility, informal space, open-space layout, home access, and single floor designs. This building trends are increasing as more baby boomers reach retirement age and the U.S. population grows older.

Builder Magazine also took a deep look the Livability for All: The 2016 AARP Age-Friendly Community Survey. What they found is the main reason for baby boomers to move is “finding a home that better fosters independent living.” While issues like access to public transportation and proximity to their family were important to some, a home that aided independent living was the number one reason for buying a new home. In their continuing series, the publication revealed five in-demand features of an age-friendly home. 

  • Age-friendly bathrooms.
  • Emergency response systems,
  • Improved lighting,
  • Easy home accessibility, and
  • Single-floor living.

The AARP also recommends many additional home design changes to create an age-friendly home. Some of their recommendations include:

  • Raise outlets to 18″ above the floor,
  • Lower light switches to less than 48″,
  • Install age-friendly light switches,
  • Make door frame 36″ wide,
  • Install age-friendly hardware and fixtures,
  • Build stairs 42″ wide,
  • Install zero-step shower, and
  • Vary the height of kitchen countertops.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about age-friendly home building trends, or need more information, please contact us.

There are no comments yet, but you can be the first



Comments are closed.

Copyright 2018 Caldwell and Johnson Custom Builders Rhode Island / Green Builders Rhode Island
Website Design by Ally Marketing