Generation Xers are 30 to 45 years old. Lifestyles for the generation vary greatly from those just settling down and starting a family to those whose children are heading off to college. Generation X was the first generation to have a majority of families with double income. Even with the increase of working parents, Generation X pushed to find a work-life balance. Employers have seen a shift in loyalty. Generation X has been willing and able to pursue better positions in other companies where previous generations would “climb the ladder” by committing years to the same company. Many times Gen Xers will change jobs for better hours, more vacation or a better benefits/insurance package, not just for more money. It has become clear over the years, the number one priority for Gen Xers is family, not providing financially for their family, but providing for the overall well being of their family. What does this mean when it comex to home design?
Generation X wants to enjoy their family time in and out of their homes. Gen Xers want homes that are efficiently organized with adequate storage and minimal wasted space and energy efficient. Buzz words like “cozy” and “inviting” abound in this market, Generation X is looking for informal but not chaotic. Emphasis is usually placed on kitchen design, and the ease of transition between indoor living space and outdoor living space.
In our next blog “Home Design Tips for Gen X ~ Organized Storage”, we will discuss design tips for an organized home and how to add storage.
This is the final blog in our Home Designs Tips for Baby Boomers series. Previously we have given tips for the Exterior of the home, the functionality and livability of the design. In this blog we will look at how to design a home for longevity.
Designing a home for longevity simply means you are thinking ahead to prepare for what you might require in a home 20 years from now… For now a home designed like any other home may suit you just fine, but in the future you may have accessibility issues to deal with. Does that mean you have to have a bathroom full of grab bars and hand rails in your hallways. NO! But there are steps you can take to prepare your home.
1. Have your builder “prep” your bathrooms for grab bars. This may entail extra blocking for grab bars to be installed at a later date. Do not skip your guest bathrooms… chances are you will have visitors similar to your age periodically who may appreciate the availability of a grab bar.
2. Upgrade to lever handles throughout your home. These handles are a bit of an upgrade, but make entrance into rooms easier than knobs. And the practicality of this is disguised with “I like the elegant look better than the plain old knob…”
3. Transitions between flooring materials can be a trip hazard. The same can be said for high pile or plush carpeting. Talk to your builder about flooring options.
4. Opt for wider… Wider doors, wider hallways. 3′ doors allow most wheelchair to pass through. This would make your hallways a minimum recommended 3’6″.
5. Take a look at your kitchen design. Focus on height. Anything you currently have to use a step stool to reach is a fall waiting to happen. Optimize base cabinets with drawer, pull out shelves and lazy susans. Add pantry cabinets or closets to give you more accessible storage areas.
These 5 simple tips can ensure that your home will support you and allow you to enjoy your home as you grow older.
Next up in our Home Design Tips Series, we will look at designs for Generation X.
Home Design Tips for Baby Boomers ~ Interior, Livability
Home Design Tips for Baby Boomers ~ Interior, Functionality
Home Design Tips for Baby Boomers ~ Exterior of the Home