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Not Planning to Move After Retirement? Join the (Growing) Club!

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Nov 4, 2017 @ 06:11 AM

Not-Planning-to-Move-After-Retirement-Join-the-Growing-Club.jpgPeople of a certain age grew up listening to Bob Dylan singing, "The Times, They Are a-Changing." The way those people look at their housing needs is a-changing as well. It's estimated that approximately 10,000 U.S. baby boomers turn 65 every day. And according to a recent Demand Institute Housing & Community Survey, 63 percent of them don’t plan on moving from their current homes after retirement. That doesn’t mean they aren’t planning for their future needs when building or remodeling now. So if you’re not planning to move after retirement, what should you be thinking about?

That same Demand Institute Housing & Community Survey indicated that some of the things homeowners in this particular age group are looking for include:

  • a home they can stay in as they age (75 percent)
  • a single-story home (58 percent)
  • a low-maintenance home (47)
  • a home that’s accessible for special needs/disabilities (27)

We offer a number of single-level floor plans (including our Carrington model and our Camden model) that will allow people of retirement age to live comfortably with plenty of space without having to be concerned about navigating stairs.

In addition to those items, this group expects the home they live in to have additional features such as:

  • Safety Features that include such things  as shower seating and grab bars
  • Automatic Countertops and Shelving with cabinets and countertops that can be opened and/or lowered automatically for easier access
  • Smart Home Devices  that provide quick and convenient control of the entire home environment (motion-sensor lighting; automated HVAC control systems, etc.)
  • Advanced Security Features such as doorbell cameras, security systems, and smart smoke/Carbon monoxide units to provide peace of mind

Safety and security aren't all that mature homeowners are concerned with. They're also looking for homes that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. That includes features such as low-flow showerheads, smart sprinklers/irrigation controls, and “gray” water recycling devices.

And if you’re already in a Rochester home that you love (and don’t want to leave), we can help you turn it into a home that will continue to meet your needs for years to come. We offer a wide range of remodeling services that range from updating specific rooms within your existing home to additions that allow you to live more comfortably.

If you’re approaching retirement age—and don’t want to be moving afterward—you’re part of an ever-growing group of people. We’d love to help you make sure you’re in a home where you’ll be comfortable. And if you’re considering a new home, here’s a helpful, short video that will help you pick the right floor plan!

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Topics: aging in place, Retiring in Greater Rochester, Retirement Age

Multi-generational Homes Aren’t Just For Mom & Dad

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 @ 07:10 AM

Multigenerational-Homes-Aren’t-Just-For-Mom-&-Dad.jpgThe upward trend of building multi-generational homes doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. I’ve talked about multi-generational homes before, but there is some interesting new information out there about this trend.

Often, when prospective homeowners think or talk about a home that can accommodate more than one generation of a family it’s because there is an older family member who wants or needs to move in. If that describes your situation, you know that there are certain features you’ll want to build into your home that will make your home safer and more comfortable for aging parents. Here’s a post that takes a look at some of those features.

According to a recent report, 60 percent of those looking to build a multi-generational house indicated they are doing it for their parents. That's really not terribly surprising. But that same report indicates that 73 percent of those looking to build this kind of home plan to remain in the home even after the multi-generational features are no longer necessary.

What that means is that smart homebuyers are not only making choices that will meet the needs of their aging parents—they are also thinking ahead to what their own needs may be down the road. They are being proactive about the kind of home that they may want or need a few years down the road. They are also aware of the fact that building safety and comfort features in now is a lot more economical than trying to come back in later to make those changes.

There is, however, another aspect to the whole multi-generational housing trend. Not everyone is building homes just to take care of aging parents. An increasing number of young adult family members are returning home after school until they can get their own careers launched. But these young adults have lives of their own (as do their parents!) so it’s important that any house that accommodates young adults (or aging parents) have a certain amount of privacy built in. Familial togetherness may be a beautiful thing, but even family members need their privacy.

That’s the beauty of a floor plan like The Westcott. It offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms for the whole family plus a master bedroom and bath for the extended family. It’s not just the number of rooms that makes this a great multi-generational home. The part of the home that’s designated as the “in-law section” also features a full kitchen, a large living area, and a separate entrance. That means everyone in the family has his or her own private space!

That is one of the appealing things about multigenerational homes. They can meet a variety of needs; whether it's for your own aging parents, your adult children, or your own needs for the future. And that's why we don't think you'll see this trend going away anytime soon.

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Topics: aging in place, building multi-generational homes, Muti-Generational Living

Building a House with the Future in Mind

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 @ 19:11 PM

Building-a-house-with-the-future-in-mindIt’s been said that hindsight is 20/20. It’s often easy to look back and see what decisions you should have made. In most of life, however, we don’t have that luxury—and that’s certainly true when you’re building a custom home. You have to plan your home with the future in mind. 

 As increasing numbers of mature Americans make the decision to remain in their own homes (instead of moving to retirement communities), the importance of building a house with the future in mind is more critical than ever. While it’s virtually impossible to predict what the future will hold, it is possible to take probable changes into consideration when planning a house you expect to live in for years to come. 

One of the biggest considerations has to be accessibility and mobility. Will the home you build today be easy for you to get around in 10 or 15 years from now? For many maturing adults, stairs become something they would prefer not to deal with. That’s one reason so many homeowners who build after the age of 45 or so often look for single level living floor plans such as ranch homes. 

But that may be too restrictive for others—and may not fit their current lifestyle (for instance, if kids are still living at home). In those cases, a floor plan that offers a master bedroom and bath on the main level may be optimal. It allows kids and guests to use the upper level bedrooms as long as they are needed, but ensures that the homeowners will have everything they need on one level—now and into the future. 

Something else that maturing adults often want to eliminate is too much exterior maintenance—particularly yard work or snow removal. A patio home can be a great option for cutting down on the maintenance that will be required. You can find a wide variety of different patio home styles and plans. 

Some mature adults prefer to live with their grown families. If you have that kind of relationship with your grown children, you (or they) might want to consider a home with an “in-law-layout” that provides everyone with the privacy they want but also allows extended families to be together when they want. 

Building a house in the Ontario area that meets your current—and future—needs takes some foresight and planning. But the good news is that you have plenty of options from which you can choose.

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Topics: aging in place, homes for mature adults, House Builders in Ontario Area, homebuilding for changing needs, Building a House in Ontario Area

Make Sure Your House Still Feels Like Home as You Get Older

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 @ 20:10 PM

Make sure your house still feels like home as you get olderMost of us feel pretty comfortable at home. It’s familiar, convenient, and secure. We feel, well, “at home” there! That’s why it’s not surprising that more and more of us are choosing to stay in our homes even as we get older. As a matter of fact, AARP research indicates that now nearly 90 percent of seniors say they prefer staying in their own homes. It’s what the housing industry calls “Aging in Place.”

But what if the home you’re in doesn’t feel as safe, secure, convenient, or comfortable as it once did? There’s much more to creating a space where you can still feel at home as you get older than simply adding a few grab bars around the house. 

What can you do to remain in the home you love and feel safe, secure, and comfortable doing so? Here’s some good news. Not all home remodeling projects are about following the latest trends or giving your house a cosmetic “face-lift.”  If you live in the Rochester area and want to stay in your existing home, an aging-in-place remodeling project may be a great alternative to moving out. 

If you decide you want to stay in your home for the long haul, you’ll probably want to consider improvements and changes such as: Lowering electrical switches (so you don’t have to reach over your head); installing raised electrical outlets (that don’t require bending over to use); replacing doorknobs with lever-handled fixtures (that are easier to open); adding non-slip floor surfaces (to avoid falling); installing a personal alert system for emergencies; putting railings (that don’t look like railings) in hallways; and maybe installing an entrance with a ramp instead of steps. 

It’s not always easy to anticipate what you’re going to need. That’s one reason it’s good to sit down with a builder who has been down the “aging-in place” road a time or two. Your builder can help you think through features you will want—but didn’t think of. And another benefit of talking things through with your builder and making a good plan up front is that you can get everything done at once instead of having things done piecemeal. It will look better, work better—and be less disruptive.

If you have a Rochester-area home that you love—one that you want to stay in for years to come—contact us and let’s talk through your needs and desires. Together we’ll come up with a plan that will let you stay in the home you love—comfortably, and safely—for as long as you want.

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Topics: aging in place, Aging in Place Remodeling in Rochester Area, making home safe and secure for seniors

Choosing an Age-Appropriate Floor Plan: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 20:10 PM

Choosing an age appropriate floor plan one size doesn't fit allWhen people are considering building a custom home in the eastern Rochester, New York area, one of the first things many of them do is to start looking a floor plans. That, however, can be a bit of a daunting task! There are more floor plans out these than a builder can shake his Skil® saw at! Why are there so many?

It’s pretty simple: When it comes to finding the right plan for your custom home, one size doesn’t fit all. What your neighbor down the street wants in her custom home is probably completely different than what you want. And that’s a good thing. In addition to the style of home that appeals to you (colonial, ranch, cape, patio, etc.) you’ll want to select a specific floor plan that fits your style of living.

If you have a younger family, for instance, you may be looking for more bedrooms in order to accommodate the kids. And maybe you’ll want the bedrooms separated from the rest of the house so that the children can sleep while you’re still up entertaining guests. Going up and down stairs may not be a big concern, so that opens up more options for you.

More homeowners these days are looking for homes that can handle multiple generations. If you have older parents (or even older children) living with you who need private space of their own, that’s something you’ll want to look for in your floor plan. You can still have a home that’s cohesive—but it can provide privacy for the various family members.

Another trend that’s grown in popularity in the Rochester area (and around the country) is “aging-in-place.” An increasing number of homeowners are looking for homes that will continue to be comfortable and safe as they move into retirement age. And while some simply make modifications to the homes they are in, an increasing number are looking to build their homes specifically to allow them to remain there longer. Instead of simply adding on accoutrements to make it a bit easier to cope, these individuals are designing their homes to meet their changing needs as they age.

Which style of home and kind of floor plan is right for you? It depends on your current—and future needs. We invite you to check out the dozens of unique floor plans we offer. You can search by home style, square footage, number of bedrooms, or number of baths. One size doesn’t fit all. So start with a plan that fits your unique needs.

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Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, Custom floor plans, aging in place

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