Houzz Survey Shows Aging in Place a Top Priority

The annual Houzz & Home survey is the largest survey of residential remodeling, building and decorating activity published.  The 2015 study includes more than 260,000 respondents worldwide, providing insights into the home improvement activity of the more than 30 million monthly unique users of the Houzz site and mobile apps. We always take a look at the survey to glean insights that might of use to our clients. This year, we were struck that aging in place made it to the list of top concerns -- although, not surprisingly, by respondents who are over 60.

Over half (56 percent percent) of 60+ households plan to stay in their homes indefinitely, with many renovating their homes for this purpose. Of the 60+ households renovating their kitchens, 60 percent are improving accessibility. Similarly, 69 percent of the 60+ homeowners renovating their bathroom are updating with aging in mind, including installing raised toilets (38 percent) and grab bars (26 percent).

As more people become aware that aging in place renovations can be both beautiful and functional, we are seeing increased interest in planning ahead to incorporate aging in place approaches well before they are a necessity. (Check out our Aging-in-Place Guide if you would like to find out more)

Our northeast region apparently leads the country in aging in place renovations in the kitchen. Here's an interesting graphic showing the most popular changes:


 As we've seen in our own business, bathrooms are another priority location for aging in place modifications.


So, what about the rest of the house? While one in three older homeowners remodeled non-kitchen or bath spaces, only 28% made upgrades with aging in place in mind. The most common modifications include:

  • Reconfiguring layout (16%)
  • Installing easy-to-reach storage (12%)
  • Making room location changes (9%)
  • Removing trip hazards (8%)
We tend to consider such changes in all renovations -- whether specifically for aging in place or not -- so we are guessing that some homeowners may not really think of functional alterations such as these as falling in the aging in place category.

The full report covers many topics that go beyond aging in place.It is available at http://info.houzz.com/HH2015.html

Please contact us if you are considering a renovation and would like to explore working with us !

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