Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi's Blog
Downsizing appears to be a common theme among Baby Boomers as they transition from family life and professional pursuits to retirement. Not all members of this generation are willing to give up the spacious and beautiful homes to which they've grown accustomed, however. As some downsize, others are on the hunt for upgrades that will make their lives more convenient while also infusing every day with additional elements of luxury. Whether these upgrades are incorporated in existing homes undergoing renovation or sought out in new purchases, they can make a real difference in the lives of active Baby Boomers. The following are among the most commonly pursued upgrades:
Clever Storage And Shelving Solutions
Aging homeowners are not particularly enthused about straining or bending over to reach essentials in kitchens or other practical spaces. The storage solutions they were willing to abide by in the past may no longer cut it. Thankfully, modern storage options now take limited mobility and other concerns into account.
Solutions such as slide-out shelving allow for easier access. Likewise, the Lazy Susan is in the midst of a much-deserved revival. Adjustments to cabinet and counter height can also make a huge difference in the lives of senior homeowners.
Walk-In Showers or Tubs
Bathroom layouts that once seemed reasonable now strike many Baby Boomers as highly impractical. Many hope that this space will serve as a peaceful retreat, in which they can enjoy their own personal oasis. This spa-like feeling is impossible to accomplish if the mere act of getting in and out of the shower requires extensive effort. Hence, the current popularity of accessible showers and tubs, which remove steps or curbs that might otherwise get in the way.
Modern tubs and showers often include non-slip flooring, railing, or built-in seats. Even if not currently needed, these features provide valuable peace of mind to Baby Boomers who worry about navigating their homes in the event of illness or injury.
Some Baby Boomers prefer to trade in their large family homes for smaller residences. Others, however, recognize that they can still make use of extra space — and that their need for several rooms may return in the near future.
Flex spaces allow Boomers to use extra rooms as they see fit, while also providing the possibility of a swift change, should the need arise. Homeowners may use these rooms to pursue hobbies or kick back with friends, but they also enjoy the solace of knowing that such spaces can become guest rooms, offices, or other essentials when warranted.
While Baby Boomers appreciate sleek and sophisticated finishes, they are most interested in the convenient arrangements that will allow them to make the most of homeownership in years to come. Those who think beyond traditional retirement housing solutions can enjoy a wonderful way of life during their golden years.