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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.

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Topics: aging in place

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.

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.

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Topics: aging in place

Building & Remodeling in Rochester: Homes for the Way People Live

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

in laws remodeling building ny julyThere’s an interesting trend developing in the United States, and it’s affecting the way people build and remodel their homes. According to the folks at Pew Research, back in 1900 57 percent of all American adults 65 and older lived with relatives. As American society changed, that number went down to only 17 percent by 1990. Then it began climbing again.  Right now, it is up to 20 percent—and rising. And an interesting twist is apparent on the other end of the age spectrum.  We’re also seeing an increase in the number of adult children (many, with children of their own) moving back in with their parents.

Obviously, bringing a multiple generational family together under one roof takes a bit of planning. Aside from the simple space issues, most existing homes simply aren’t set up to accommodate the varying needs of a family with such a wide age span.  Homeowners need to think about what younger children and more mature family members need to be safe and comfortable. Of course, in addition to safety and comfort, providing enough private space for everyone is also a challenge.

The point is, there’s more to adding an “In-Law Addition” than simply adding extra space. So if this is something you’re considering for your family you’ll want to make sure your builder has a good plan—and has the experience to bring that plan to fruition.

At Gerber Homes, we’re no strangers to “In-Law Additions.” We’ve got the plans, the equipment, and the experience to add additional living space to your home to make it a multi-generational home that all generations can enjoy. We invite you to take a look at a few of the projects we’ve completed for other families in the Rochester area. And once you take a look, you can even download the floor layout for a better idea of what’s possible. Or you can contact us with any questions you have about building or remodeling. We’re happy to help!

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

New Home Options: In-Law Apartment

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

In Law floor plans Rochester NYThese days, everyone is looking for new options.  If you’re part of the Sandwich Generation, you know what the buzz is about. You’re busy taking care of a growing family, and aging family members, at the same time.

We’ve all heard the stories.  Families that commute between work, home, and their folk’s house, never having time for anyone.  The cost for assisted living is rising, often between $3,000 to $5,000 a month.

Gerber Homes has a better option.  They have just added many new In-Law floor plans to their portfolio of beautiful homes.  Click to see them all! With an In-Law option, your loved ones stay close. Gerber Homes can either build you a new home with an In-Law Apartment, or remodel your existing home to make room for both families.  Either way, you know it will be beautiful and Gerber Homes quality.

Recently, Gerber Homes received this letter:

I sold new construction for Gerber Homes in 2007 and 2008.  My model was in Ontario NY, but I also sold in all of their neighborhoods.  I first saw the quailty of their homes while I was a visitor to Homearama several years ago.  I became familiar with the name and was very impressed with the quality of their homes.  When an opportunity came up to work for them, I was very excited.  Even though I had a long commute, the chance to sell such quality homes made it an easy decision.  I have worked for other local builders, but it was not just the quailty of their homes that impressed me, but quite frankly the honesty by which Gerber Homes conducts business and treats customers and their employees as well was quite refreshing.  I knew when I asked a question, I got a straight answer, no fooling around.  I never second guessed the quaility of the information, and I knew they were completely fair with their pricing.  Anyone who builds with Gerber Homes will get a wonderful value for their money, and they totally stand behind their product.  I was honored to have represented Gerber Homes and I continue to recommend them.  I help now help people who are looking to build in-law additions onto their homes, and Gerber Homes is the only local builder I will advertise on my web site: www.in-lawdesign.comIn Law floor plan Rochester NY
Chris Butkowsky

Want to know more about In-Law Apartments? Click to see In-Law floor plan options. Then, give Gerber Homes a call at: (888) 437-2373. Contact them today!

Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, aging in place, Home Additions, Building a New Home, Home Design, first-floor additions, In-Law Suite