The panelists at an International Builders’ Show press conference on home trends and Millennials’ revently said, "As Millennials begin to enter the home buying market in larger numbers, homes will get a little smaller, laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent."
Likewise, if you are a baby boomer and or a senior who is planning on building a new home, then you are probably also seeking a comfortable one to three bedroom home that is single story, with an open floor plan and custom built (quality) features and amentities. Unlike our grandparents, senior baby boomers are not sitting around in rocking chairs, but they are savvy, busy active and thriving.
The existing U.S. Baby Boomer population – those Americans born between 1946 through 1964 – are people now approaching or in their retirement years, who are either building new homes in retirement or remodeling their homes to fit new lifestyle needs. More babies were born in 1946 than ever before in history:
3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945
In 1947, another 3.8 million babies were born
3.9 million were born in 1952
4 million were born every year from 1954 until 1964
After 1965, the baby boom population tapered off
There are 76.4 million baby boomers in the United States
Baby Boomers make up 40 percent of the nation’s population
This means that many aging home owners are selling their current homes and looking forward to retiring in a new home, or they plan to remodel a home so that it is accessible to anyone regardless of age or physical abilities. One story house plans with wide foyers, hallways and easy access doorways for the aging population are a must to allow for possible wheelchair access.
Following are just a few features that these folks seek:
-- Single story with no steps
-- Wide foyers and halls
-- Open floorplans
-- Hardwood floors or skidless flooring
-- Multiple level countertops
-- Better acoustics
-- Curbless showers
-- Higher toilet seats
-- Laundry rooms
-- Levered door handles
-- Excellent lighting inside and out
-- Security systems
-- A screened in sun porch or covered patio
-- Low maintenance yards
-- Sustainable products
The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) features almost every type of house plan available, so home buyers can shop for one story house plans, which offer the perfect solution for empty nesters needing to live on one single level. Some of the plans feature split master bedroom suites for added privacy.
When it comes to the features for these house plans, today we are seeing open kitchen dining and family room areas, not restricted by walls or doors. Hallways are wider and they all open onto the center foyer of the home.
The tastes of the baby boomer population also tend to be geared towards quality built home and conservative styling. The Craftsman style home is appealing to many of this popular age demographic – thanks to the stone siding, and inside, the coffered ceilings.
This Craftsman style four bedroom home (Plan #123-1056) features French doors throughout, a convenient gas fireplace, a built-in entertainment center and French doors highlight this area. Step out onto your rear covered porch and retreat into a private Sunroom. The Kitchen contains beautifully crafted cabinetry, a spacious walk-in pantry, a unique moveable island and angled snack bar. The kitchen also shares easy access with the formal dining room and a bay window breakfast nook with built-in bench seating.
Because many retiring families have collected many valuables and “things” over the years, the rear foyer of this home offers plenty of storage. There is a second bedroom that could also be a study, hobby room or office, with a private bath. The master bedroom offers access to a spacious sunroom, plus a large walk-in closet and bathroom with spa-like amenities (bath with a whirlpool and tub) Jack and Jill dual sinks, a large custom shower and spacious linen cabinets. A three car garage is convenient for family and visiting children. These are all features baby boomers expect.
There is another trend filtering throughout the United States which indicates that many people are building “forever homes” meaning they are planning now to have plenty of room for family throughout the various stages of their lives. This trend has been dubbed “Aging in Place” which very well may provide younger generations with more security when they come of senior age.
The Plan Collection offers online house plans that can accommodate the needs of any life stage. Visit www.theplancollection.com
Footnote: Lead image in article is a four bedroom Craftsman style home(Plan #123-1056).