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.
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