November 18, 2011 — Earlier this month we generated a lot of member feedback with our article, “If You Could Break the Mold, What Would Your Ideal Community Look Like“. Members have made 34 comments so far that reflect a wide range of opinions, from those who love the idea of an active adult community to those for whom that is the worst idea ever. Your input has been terrific!
This week we thought we would take this a little further – into the features and kind of home you as a baby boomer want to live in during the next phase of your life (notice we can’t quite choke out “golden years”). The focus here is on the actual home and its features, not the community, which we covered already (and you are free to add more Comments to that article).
Are you looking for a single family home, a townhome, a duplex, a condo, a garden apartment, a high rise – what kind of abode floats your boat? How about the kind of exterial materials – wood, stucco, concrete, plastic or metal siding? Interior materials – are you a “green” bamboo flooring or a must-have granite countertops kind of person? Is universal design (spaces that fit the person, no matter what condition they are in) a top priority?
If you won the design competition to be the architect, what would be the interior features of your next home? What would the ideal square footage and number/type of rooms? Is a separate dining room important, or should it be incorporated in a great room. How about a media room, home office or den, or playroom for the grandkids? Do you want a yard, porch, deck, or patio?
Please let us your preferences using the Comments section below. It would be great if you include your gender so we can compare and contrast perspectives – and see if our stereotypes are correct. Developers – we hope you are listening!
For further reference:
What Boomers are Looking for in Their Next Home – One Story Living and Easy Walking Dominate
Are We Seeing the End of the McMansion Era?
What Are the Must-Have Features in Your Retirement House
How to Design a Home for More Than One Generation
Note: If you have trouble reading the comments in Internet Explorer here is a great tip from a member on how to fix that problem: From an Internet Explorer user who found a way to cope with right side of text being cut off. If you can find a drop down menu for “page”, giving you an array of settings/adjustments, go to “style”, which has two choices – “default”, or “no style”. Choosing the “no style” option should resolve the problem.