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How Your Rochester-Area Custom Home Values Differ Based on Age

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Jan 13, 2019 @ 14:01 PM

How Your Rochester-Area Custom Home Values Differ Based on AgeOur tastes, interests, and needs change depending on the season of life in which we find ourselves. Things that were incredibly important to us at one stage are often replaced by other things we value more. That’s certainly true when it comes to our homes. That’s why it’s important to understand how your Rochester-area custom home values differ based on age.

When it comes to choosing the home for a particular season in your life, the decisions you’ll make will probably depend less on style than they do on functionality, comfort, and convenience. That means you’ll want to consider a floor plan that fits your particular lifestyle.

What Are Your Space Needs?

A major consideration when building a home is just how much living space you will actually need (and how much you can afford). If you happen to be a young couple without children, you may not need as much space as a family with several kids. Generally speaking, if you’re a homeowner in your 20s you’re probably pretty adaptable. You can make do with less space. But as you move into your 30s, you may have other considerations; your family may be growing and you may have young children to think about. The house you build should take that into consideration.

If you are in your 40s there is a good chance you are dealing with older children, who may require more space in their bedrooms (or who may no longer be willing to share a bedroom). And choosing the right home means more than larger bedrooms for older kids. You may also find that you (and your kids) want separate spaces where you can entertain your respective friends, watch TV, or just have some “alone time.”

If you find yourself on the other end of the spectrum (say 50 years of age or above), you’ll want to consider how your needs will change as you mature. Increasing numbers of maturing Americans want to stay in their homes rather than move into retirement communities. If that reflects your desires, you’ll need to make sure the home you purchase will allow you to stay comfortably, conveniently, and safely for years to come. You may have other considerations at this point. You may find yourself working from home more, which could make a home office a necessity. Or you could find yourself caring for an aging parent. In that case, opting for a home with an “in-law apartment” could be an attractive option. Even if no one else moves in with you, you’ll have your own comfort to think of. You may want to look at a floor plan that offers single-level living so that you have everything you want and need on the main level.

How Long Do You Plan to Stay?

Regardless of what stage you’re at, you’ll want to consider how long you plan to stay in your Rochester home. It’s important to consider both your current needs and your future needs. And while nobody has a crystal ball that can predict exactly what their future needs may be, you’ll want to keep in mind that your needs will very likely change over time. That’s why, when considering potential floor plans you’ll want to keep potential life changes in mind before deciding on the plan that’s right for you.

Seasons of life change—and each one brings its own delights and challenges. Keeping one eye on your current needs while planning ahead for future needs is a bit of a balancing act. The good news is that you have lots of options.

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Topics: Custom homes, aging in place

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.


Topics: aging in place

Creating a Home You Can Stay in

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 @ 07:08 AM

Creating a home you can stay inHow long do you plan to stay in your home? The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) did a bit of research fairly recently and found that nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. And 82 percent indicated that they wanted to remain in their own homes even if the require day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement. 

The seniors interviewed in the AARP research also identified a number of housing features that they consider particularly important if they are going to continue to live independently.


Those features include: 

  • Non-slip floor surfaces
  • Bathroom aides such as grab bars
  • Personal alert systems for emergencies
  • Entrances without steps
  • Wider doorways
  • Lever-handled doorknobs
  • Higher electrical outlets
  • Lower electrical switches

However, the AARP research also revealed that the majority of these features do not currently exist in most seniors’ homes. 

Of course wanting to stay in your own home and being able to do so can be two different things, and one of the keys to being able to stay in your own home is to get a jump on installing these features before they’re absolutely essential. In a lot of cases, making these changes involves a bit more than running down to the local Home Depot or Lowes and picking up parts. We’ve been building and remodeling homes in the Rochester area for more than 50 years. We can help you make the changes necessary that will enable you to stay comfortably and safely in the home you love.

Some people approaching their senior years, however, may want to make a more significant move. Even though they may not need some of these features yet, they want to build a new home that will be comfortable now—and will allow them to remain there as long as they want. 

If that’s your situation, you may want to start the building process by reviewing floor plans that deliver the comfort and style you want now—but will also provide safety and security years down the road. We invite you to check out our wide range of floor plans. And you may want to pay special attention to our 1st Floor Master Plans and our Patio Home plans. Both deliver great designs that are easily adaptable to future needs.


Whichever direction you take, it’s a great way to create a home you can stay in for years to come.

Topics: aging in place, home remodeling, Building a New Home

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.


Topics: aging in place