Aging-in-Place Remodeling, Minor Modifications Gaining Popularity, According to NAHB Survey
— May 1 -The past five years have seen increases in the number of remodelers engaged in aging-in-place home modifications and home owner awareness of these types of remodeling projects, according to a survey by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released today as a kick off to National Home Remodeling Month, it also revealed that simple and less costly modifications are increasing in popularity. Also called universal design principles, these ideas are can make life safer and easier.
“Low-cost, simple modifications to help people be safer and more comfortable in their homes, such as installing grab bars and higher toilets, continue to be the most popular aging-in-place remodeling projects,” said 2017 NAHB Remodelers Chair Dan Bawden, a remodeler from Houston. “A professional remodeler can make recommendations to homeowners that meet both their lifestyle and budget needs.”
According to the survey, 80 percent of remodeling companies are doing aging-in-place projects, up from 68 percent in 2013. Remodelers reporting that “most” of their customers were familiar with the aging-in-place concept increased from 11 percent in 2013 to 17 percent in 2016.
What projects are gaining in popularity?
The five aging-in-place remodeling projects that saw the largest increases since 2013 were:
·Added lighting/task lighting increased 12 percent
·Curb-less showers increased 9 percent
·Grab bars increased 7 percent
·Non-slip floors increased 7 percent
·Widening doorways increased 5 percent
More complex and costly projects saw minor decreases in popularity since 2013. Adding an entry-level bedroom dropped one point to 33 percent, and installing ramps or lowering thresholds decreased two points to 49 percent.
If you plan on staying on your home in retirement it makes a lot of sense to make simple aging in place improvements now. You never know when an injury might make it hard for you to walk up stairs. More importantly, accidents happen to even the most careful person. A slip or fall that could have been prevented can easily ruin all your retirement plans in an instant – don’t let it happen to you!
If your plans involve moving from your existing home, it is even more critical to look for a product that incorporates these features. First floor master bedrooms, one level living with no steps, accessible counter heights, non-slip floors, wide doors, door handle levers rather than knobs – all these features are much more inexpensive if they come with your home, rather than adapting later.
See these articles for more aging in place ideas:
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Make Your Retirement Easier with These Simple Improvements
Baby Boomers: Plan Now to Avoid Out-Aging Your Home
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