Top Baby Boomer Stories of the Past Year

BUILDER's top baby boomer stories of the past year focus on key design and building tips for seamless aging in place. 

KTGY Group's Nick Lehnert believes that privatized outdoor space is a key element in boomer housing.  

KTGY Group's Nick Lehnert points out the ways in which garage space can be used for things other than two cars (which most boomers no longer have). 

This floor plan provides spacious rooms and indoor/outdoor connections, which allow boomers to entertain family and friends. 

Guest bedrooms and study spaces offer flexible options that boomers will love. 

Azulon at Mesa Verde is a luxury 55 community in Costa Mesa, Calif. Design: KTGY Group

Senior communities like Maracay Home's Freedom Collection at Victory at Verrado in Buckeye, Ariz., are blurring the lines of Boomer housing. Design: KTGY Group

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Design products builders should be using: easy to get in and out of, this unit from Kohler has a door that slides up and down so it’s easy for anyone to use.

Design products builders should be using: refrigerators with accessible freezer drawers are easy to reach for individuals in wheelchairs.

Universal Design: ADA-compliant ranges put the cooktop controls at the front of the appliance so users can access them easily without reaching over hot surfaces.

Universal Design: multi-level kitchen counter tops  

To attract active-adult buyers, consider a home with no steps like these floor plans from Epcon Communities Franchising. 

Epcon designs homes for active adults that have flexible spaces, privatized outdoor space, and smaller yards that require less maintenance. 

Victory at Verrado, designed by KTGY Group, redefines aging in place at this 55 community. 

Stonebridge at Burlington, Burlington, Mass. Designed by The Architectural Team for the Northbridge Companies, Stonebridge combines facilities for various levels of assisted-living and memory care into a single amenity-rich environment. The handsome facility incorporates the latest design concepts for the comfort and health of aging populations, such as this elegantly appointed tavern.

The 83,000-square-foot Residences at Wingate, in Needham, Mass., eschews the institutional feel so common in senior housing. Gracious furnishings and an amenity-rich environment enhance the dignity of residents, making long-term care desirable and improving healthcare outcomes. The inviting atmosphere also increases the likelihood and frequency of visitation from family members, a crucial element for positive experiences across the continuum of care.

HPH Gettysburg Model Home

High Performance Homes first net-zero model home in The Links at Gettysburg which aims to meet boomer demand for energy-efficient housing. 

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