Top 10 Home Trends for the 55+ Market
by Kelly Godbey
1. Open Floor Plan
This is not a new trend by any stretch, but it’s one that is now found everywhere. The kitchen opens into the great room.
2. Disappearing Formal Dining
Home size is not necessarily changing. But, formal dining space is being absorbed into the kitchen, master suites, or niche areas.
3. Smaller Niche Spaces
Include a small office space in the kitchen or laundry room to conserve space. Or, try a butler’s pantry or small catering kitchen.
4. Outdoor Living Spaces
When you live in a mild climate where you can spend virtually all year outdoors, creating an outdoor living space is essential. Anything goes – it can be as simple as a firepit or a kitchen complete with a pizza oven.
5. Eat-In Kitchens
Everyone always ends up in the kitchen. So, include a large island, ready to seat four to six people, in your kitchen design or redesign.
People 55 and better prefer to have low-maintenance exteriors and landscaping. Often planned communities offer this option.
Creating a legacy space that all generations can enjoy is a great way to spend the latter years.
8. Three-car Garages
It’s great to have the extra space for golf cart, bicycle, or kayak storage, in addition to the two cars.
9. Snore and More Rooms
Here’s a stroke of genius. For couples who have a noisy spouse, an outer room to the bedroom with a bed can provide that much needed escape.
10. Dual Master Suites
The master suite is a room of relaxation complete with a spa-like bathroom. A second master suite provides that level of elegance for guests. Watch out, they may not want to leave!