TheRE are some really interesting Baby Boomer highlights below. I like the wider hallways and better lighting. I also like the flex room concept mentioned and the technology point. First floor bedrooms are something you definitely get lots of housing requests about in Southern Maryland Home Showings. Check out the highlights !
Are Baby Boomers Dominating the Housing Trend?
The largest American generation is either retired or quickly approaching retirement age. Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 and who total more than 76 million, may be getting older, but are definitely not ready to head to a elder care facility.
As a member of this generation we are more active then generations past. We want more options, choices and styles in the choice of homes. Whether they are selling the homes they raised their children in and are moving on to sunnier pastures, or staying put and redesigning to accommodate there retired lifestyle, boomers are making an impact on new housing trends.
Here a just a few features that home builders and re modelers are seeing as they begin to cater to the boomers.
Home Offices & Technology- Many boomers continue to work past the age of 65 either because they love their work, or because their retirement savings lost value in the recession. A tech-savvy boomer wants a home that will support their personal technology. This can mean anything from a structured network of wiring to run a home security system & lighting controls, to a wireless home network with broadband internet access for laptops, tablets and streaming movies.
Better lighting & bigger windows- the need for more lighting increases as we grow older. Builders/re-modelers are adding larger windows to allow for more natural light to come in. They are also more energy efficient. Better lighting in the kitchen, bathrooms as well as stairwells are being added, where dim lighting can cause accidents. Light switches are being added at the top and bottom of stairs for convenience.
Wider doors & hallways- desiging a home that is livable now but can transition and be functional as the occupant ages is important in ensuring that the home will be a good long-term investment. Wider doors and hallways are great for moving furniture today, and will allow the homeowner the use of mobility devices such as scooters or walkers, should they become necessary.
First floor bedrooms & bathrooms- The majority of boomers want master bedrooms and baths on the first floor. Knowing that at some point stairs may become an issue home builders are accommodating the wants of the more mature home buyer. Bedrooms are larger, and baths are attached.
Flexible rooms- Flex rooms are in high demand with baby boomers. A flex room is something that today might be used as a child's bedroom, but can be converted later on to become a hobby room, study or whatever suits your lifestyle. Some boomers (like myself) want a pantry/laundry room together, so no more heading to the basement with a basket of laundry.
So, are baby boomers dominating the housing trend? I don't know about dominating (yet), but we are speaking up and being heard.