Top Home Features Baby Boomers Want

Top Home Features Baby Boomers Want

Everyone writes about what Millennials want, but we forget that Baby Boomers are still a very large and formidable generational cohort. Boomers have a few distinct preferences when it comes to their home, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

 

Boomer homebuyers overwhelmingly preferred to live in the suburbs compared to other age groups. When asked about community features, Boomers wanted to be near shopping. They also had a strong preference to live in a pedestrian-friendly community with trails and a park area. Compared to Millennials, playgrounds and swimming pools are not popular community features for Boomers.

 

Older buyers prefer a smaller house with high-quality finishes and amenities compared to Millennial homebuyers. Boomers prefer a one-story home, while Millennials prefer two-stories.

 

Nearly half of older homebuyers consider a full bath on the main level essential, compared to less than a third of younger homebuyers. A significant percentage of older homebuyers do not want a whirlpool tub, skylight or dual toilets in the master bath, while younger buyers do express a greater preference for these features. Specialty rooms, like a media or game room, appeal less to Boomers compared to Millennials.

 

Although most homebuyers in each generation consider energy efficiency an essential or desirable home feature, this preference increases significantly with age. A majority of Millennials (76 percent) want ENERGY STAR-rated windows in their homes, compared to an overwhelming majority of Boomers (91 percent).

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Simple Steps for Smart Water Use

Simple Steps for Smart Water Use

It’s too soon to tell if we are in a drought, but some local water systems are already asking customers to conserve water. Fresh water is precious, and we have a responsibility to use water wisely. Consider these easy, inexpensive steps to reduce the water you use while not changing your lifestyle.

Fix Hidden Leaks

The average family of four uses 400 gallons of water each day. Up to 10 percent of homes have easy-to-fix leaks that waste 90 gallons per day. Start by checking your toilets. A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day, and the typical fix — replacing the flapper — is simple and may not require tools.

Your water meter can tell you a lot about whether you have a leak. Pick a time when no one will be using water for a few hours — maybe before you leave for work — and note the meter reading. When you return, see if it has changed. If it has, you may have a leak.  Be sure to do this more than once to be certain.

Cut Back on Running Water

Do you run the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving? Try turning it off when you are not actually using the water. You could save as much as eight gallons just in the time you brush your teeth.

If you have one, let the dishwasher wash your dishes — and make sure it’s fully loaded before you run it. Prewashing and washing dishes by hand uses more water than the dishwasher.

Outdoor Watering Done Right

Outdoor watering accounts for 30 percent of the average water bill — and most of that is used on lawns and landscapes. Yet up to half of the water is wasted because of inefficient watering methods and systems.  Make sure you water only the landscape, water early and late, and aim the spray as low as possible to reduce evaporation.

To learn more about ways to save water or improve your home’s overall efficiency, visit EPA.gov/watersense.

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The Rise of Aging-in-Place Remodeling

The Rise of Aging-in-Place Remodeling

A recent poll by the National Association of Home Builders shows that older Americans are choosing to stay in their current homes as they age, rather than downsize or relocate as they have in the past.

That is a major driver in the continued growth of “aging-in-place” remodeling. This technique involves making home modifications — big or small — to help the homeowner live safely in their home as they age and experience changes in their health or mobility.

The “desire for better or newer amenities” and the “need to repair or replace old components” still lead the list of reasons to remodel. As our nation’s population gets older, and in particular as Baby Boomers get older, aging-in-place remodeling has become more popular.

According to the remodelers who were surveyed, some of the aging-in-place remodeling projects that have increased in popularity the most include:

  • Grab bars in showers and near toilets
  • Elevated toilets
  • Curbless entry showers
  • Widened hallways and doorways
  • Additional lighting

 

If you are considering updating your current home or want a new home that better meets your needs as you age, consider an Approved Professional Builder for your project.  Approved Professional Builders are screened by the Home Builders Association of Greenville to ensure that they:

  • Maintain appropriate levels of insurance
  • Free of unresolved judgements for at least one year
  • Offer a warranty
  • Use a written contract
  • Have the appropriate licenses

 

This, of course, is just a starting point for your search for a home builder. You should check references and review a contractor’s previous projects, but why not get a head start by considering builders who are approved by the Home Builders Association of Greenville?

 

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Top Design Trends Homebuyers Want

Top Design Trends Homebuyers Want

Each year, the national Best in American Living Awards (BALA) recognizes dozens of new projects from around the country. The BALA awards also identify emerging design trends that will inspire your next home renovation or new home.

 

Here are a few of the top design trends you will see this year:

 

Black window frames. Do you prefer a sleek and distinctive look for your home? Black window frames are the answer. The bold color choice has a modern appeal and frames are available in every price point.

 

The ceiling as the fifth wall of design. Ceilings will not be ignored this year. Statement ceilings transform rooms into bigger and brighter living spaces. Creative textures, colors, and lighting can bring this seemingly blank canvas to life.

 

Creative integration of outdoor spaces. Small outdoor spots no longer limit design capabilities. Cozy and appealing outdoor living areas can be integrated into homes in even the narrowest lots. You will see expert design, carefully selected features, and furniture that creates exciting indoor-outdoor spaces.

 

Delineation of spaces through mixed materials. Designers are shaking things up this year with a variety of textured elements to elevate the style of a home. Homes will have better defined spaces, both outdoor and in, with mixed materials like stone or brick.

 

Indoor-outdoor connections. Easy physical and visual connections with outdoor spaces is enticing and generates an abundance of nature light and ventilation. The seamless flow of indoor and outdoor space is a trend gaining momentum each year.

 

Mid-century modern and modern farmhouse. Bringing out a home’s original character is a style that is sweeping the nation. Mid-century modern homes have a warm and inviting living space with large windows and open design concepts. The popular modern farmhouse incorporates natural wood beams, large sinks and barn doors.

 

Multigenerational living. Overall, this trend is about creating a home to accommodate multiple generations living under one roof. Floor plans and design elements allow for all household members to gather comfortably in living spaces with suites and transition spaces for privacy as well.

 

Stairs as a focal piece. Known more for utility in a home rather than design, stairs are taking a life of their own. Homes this year will have stairs with fine detailing, unique materials and one-of-a-kind designs. Stairs and railing are available in an array of styles and are suitable for any budget.

 

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Top Kitchen and Bath Features Homebuyers Want

Top Kitchen and Bath Features Homebuyers Want

Today, savvy homebuyers are paying more attention than ever to kitchen and bathroom features, and new homes are reflecting their preferences. A kitchen is no longer an area for cooking, it is a place where people gather to create and share meals. Similarly, function and design also are important in bathrooms. So, which features stand out for homebuyers?

 

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders reveals that more than half of homebuyers ranked a walk-in pantry as the top desirable feature in the kitchen. The second most wanted kitchen feature was a double sink, followed by table space for eating, and a central island.

 

The preferred finishes for cabinets varied. More than one-third of homebuyers preferred a white kitchen cabinet color, followed closely by medium and dark brown. Unlike kitchen cabinets, homebuyers have a strong preference for type of appliance. Two-thirds of buyers say stainless steel is in. They were also decisive when it came to kitchen countertop material: granite or natural stone is their favorite.

 

When it comes to the bathroom, homebuyers say having a linen closet in the master bath is the most desired feature. The second most wanted feature is both a shower stall and tub in the master bath. Other top preferences include a double vanity and private toilet space in the master bath. Homebuyers increasingly say they want a white toilet, tub, and sink.

 

Unlike kitchens, there were stark contrasts in bathroom feature preferences among different generations. More than one-third of older homebuyers do not want a whirlpool tub in the master bath, compared to only eight percent of buyers under 45. Similarly, one-third of older home buyers do not want a skylight in the master bath, compared to 14 percent of buyers under age 45.

 

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