REMODELING announces today the launch of Home for Life 2015, a virtual home tour that showcases how to remodel a home to save money and live well throughout the retirement years. To go straight to the virtual tour, click here.
One in three Americans is now 50 or older; by 2030, one in five will be 65-plus. A recent survey conducted by AARP revealed that 84% of boomers would like to stay in their current homes during retirement, but only 16% have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement. Home for Life helps reveal those steps.
The photo-realistic virtual tour at www.homeforlife.net features a layout maximized to make life easier for all residents and guests at every stage of life. After registering, visitors can learn how to:
- Adapt a home for aging in place
- Incorporate universal design into any renovation
- Lower a home’s heating and cooling costs for years through energy-efficient home improvements, products and replacements
- Save money and hassle over time through choosing low-maintenance materials and products with long lifecycles
“We began with a design based on a typical 1970s suburban home," said Rick Strachan, president of Hanley Wood's Contractor Group, which includes REMODELING. "The team at Case Design/Remodeling and the universal design experts at the Better Living Design Institute crafted a remodel that updates both the home’s aesthetic and functionality with innovative solutions tailored to meet the needs of today’s boomers.
“Home for Life showcases what remodelers and baby boomers need to consider to adapt homes for the retirement years, including universal design strategies, lowered operating costs, and durable, low-maintenance products and systems," Strachan added. "We also feature the latest offerings from the industry’s leading-edge product suppliers.”
Home for Life project team members include: Case Design/Remodeling, Bethesda, Md.; AARP, Washington, D.C.; Better Living Design, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Building Performance Institute, Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program; the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; and NAHB Remodelers.