A recent National Association of Realtors survey showed that Baby Boomers now make 39% of all home buyers, up from 29% in 2022. Including Universal design in your home build will appeal to senior buyers.
Universal design is an inclusive design method intended to remove barriers for people with physical challenges. Using design elements that require the least physical force to operate is a good rule of thumb.
Universal Design Essentials
There are a number of design essentials to create a home that is safe for owners of every age.
- Lever-Style Handles on Doors and Taps: Turning knobs may be more difficult for some so this helps people open doors and use taps with ease.
- No Step Entry: This is helpful for elderly occupants or their visitors who may include new parents with strollers, homeowners in wheelchairs etc.
- Wider Doorways: This is great for occupants who have wheelchairs or walkers.
- Height-Adjustable Counters: This makes it more comfortable for people working in kitchens or garages.
- Grab Bars in Bathrooms: This makes it easier for occupants to use baths, toilets and showers.
- Ample Lighting: Task lighting and more effective lighting in the home makes it safer and easier for occupants who require glasses.