Remodeling Homes for Retirement

According to information from AARP, thirty percent of the U.S population are baby boomers. A recent survey has indicated that around 84 percent of baby boomers are interested in staying in their homes after they retire. As a result, it’s a good idea to consider doing some remodeling around the house to ensure that the house is going to be accommodating to the seniors that are planning on staying there well into their golden years. Here are a few points to consider in order to encourage some brainstorming on these very unique remodeling projects.

Some people look around their households and think of some of the obvious aspects when they are trying to remodel to accommodate senior living. For example, bathrooms might need to become larger and have step-in baths or higher toilets to make them more accessible for the elderly. Hallways might need to be wider in order to become accessible for someone in a wheel chair. However, these aren’t always the only changes that need to be made if you are planning on remodeling your home for further use later on in your lifetime.

Instead of just thinking of the necessities, you might want to think about some of the ‘niceties’ instead. This is especially true if you are a baby boomer and you have taken care of your savings throughout your lifetime; you want to ensure that you have some of the best elements possible in your home after you have remodeled it. Don’t like the way your house looks on the outside? You can completely reface your house, make an addition for a rear riser, and even add a covered porch. That’s just one variation of options you can add that are ‘nice’ instead of being a necessity.

Consider the way that your furniture is arranged in your rooms. When most people remodel their home for their future retirement, they never stop to think about changing how the furniture is arranged. You might be interested in changing it around to make moving throughout the area more efficient. Perhaps you will want to get certain pieces of furniture in different sizes so that they can store more items or be displayed a different way within the room. Other times, you might want to update furniture so that it has a more suitable style.

Looking at pictures can be very helpful. One site offers a virtual tour and example of different ways that a house can be changed and remodeled to suit the needs of someone who has retired. Commonly, when people start remodeling their home for their senior years, they forget to focus on adding some of the elements that they will simply enjoy. When you are retired, you will have more time for entertaining guests, spending time in your backyard, decorating your home, and many other activities. As a result, you want to ensure that your house is arranged and remodeled in a way that would possibly permit that.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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