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May 21, 2012

Desire to Age in Place Is Driving Remodeling Industry Mini Boom

Most homes are not designed for the long haul. Builders seem to have focused on the needs of young, growing families with little regard to how home owners’ needs will change as they move through life. The two-story colonial with upstairs bedrooms, a full bath on the second floor, small powder room on the first floor, and a large family room in the basement may have been an ideal place to raise your children when you were in your 20s, 30s and 40s; but as you move into your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, you’re likely to grow increasingly less enchanted with your long-time family home.

Many Prefer to Age at Home

Despite the challenges that stairs and multi-level living eventually present as we move through life, a surprising number of people would prefer to stay in their family home, surrounded by decades of family memories and the friends and community that have grown to become an integral part of their lives. While home builders have begun to recognize and design for people’s desire to remain in their family homes, many home owners are choosing to remodel rather than move. Home remodels designed to accommodate changing physical needs and allow home owners to stay in their homes and age in place have created a mini boom in the home remodeling industry.

Range of Remodels

Remodeling projects run the gamut from the minor installation of grab bars in shower, tub and toilet areas or replacement of door and cabinet knobs with level handles to major projects, such as the expansion of a first-floor bathroom to include installation of a curbless shower or the installation of adjustable kitchen and closet shelving.

For help staying happy, healthy and independent in your home, contact Kendal at Home to learn about our affordable services. 

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