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Homebuyers Want Aging-In-Place Design Features

Builder Online recently cited data from the U.S. Census Bureau that shows the number of Americans 65 and older is expected to increase 35 percent by 2020. As a result, homebuyers are making purchases with their own aging in mind and choosing additional design features that allow for aging-in-place, which has played an important part in the rise of universal design and multigenerational homes.

An article from The Washington Post cited AARP findings, which succinctly summed up this growing trend.

“According to AARP, the majority of older Americans want to stay in their homes permanently and live independently. This demographic change translates into demand for residential designs that anticipate changes in health, vision or mobility, and ensures that homes stay safe, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.”

The seven most popular aging-in-place features, according to the National Association of Home Builder’s What Home Buyers Really Want report from 2013 include:

  • Full bathroom on main level
  • Doorways at least 3 ft. wide
  • Hallways at least 4 ft. wide
  • Non-slip floors
  • Main entrance without steps
  • Low kitchen cabinets
  • Bathroom aids (grab bars/ seat)

Read the full article at Builder Online here.

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