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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Houzz Survey: Home Decor Preferences

Morse Cambridge 8 06 Dining room resized 600
Houzz issued the results of their survey of decorating trends in late August. While Morse Constructions is not directly involved in decorating, decorating decisions often go hand-in-hand with design and construction. We frequently partner with interior designers and it helps to be up on the latest trends.

A few things jumped out at us in the latest survey:

  • Master bedroom as living room: Three-in-five homeowners are including seating in their master bedroom (60 percent). Nearly one-in-ten are taking bedroom nesting a step further by adding a fireplace or a mini fridge.

  • Dining rooms are still used: Nearly half of homeowners are using their dining room daily (45 percent) and another 26 percent are using it weekly. Rectangular dining tables (62 percent) with dark wood (38 percent) or glass (25 percent) and seating for six are most popular.

  • TV creep: In addition to the usual popular living spaces, televisions are showing up in 16 percent of dining rooms. Homeowners are just as likely to include a TV in their kids’ room as a reading nook (both 35 percent).

We're not so sure about the study's discovery that younger homeowners are more likely to use wallpaper to make bold design statements. We're finding that our empty nester clients are often very adventurous with wall decor, as you can see from these photos.

Wallpaper in powder room, Boston remodelingBosto

Wallpaper in Boston Bathroom

The full study is available at info.houzz.com/rs/houzz/images/HouzzDecoratingStudy.pdf

Please contact us if we may help you realize your design vision for your home.

Tags: home design, Houzz survey, home decor