5/24/2013 8:13:00 AM Ask the Contractor: New homes built with boomers in mind
Sandy Griffis Yavapai County Contractors Association
Q: My parents are thinking of relocating to Prescott. They are in their late 70s and do not want to move to a retirement community. What other options are there in the area? - Paul, Spokane, Wash.
A: Premier Development AZ LLC is building new homes in the Viewpoint subdivision in Prescott Valley with unique accommodations for situations meeting the needs of families that do not want retirement community living, according to owners Ron and Kelly Owsley. With the baby-boom generation reaching its peak, there are many dramatic lifestyle and health changes taking place that make homes built for individuals with hindered mobility appealing.
Premier is constructing its new homes with features such as no-step access at all exterior doors, walk-in showers, single French-style doors versus large and heavy doors, and dual suites for added privacy in multiple-generation situations or for visiting family and friends or caregivers. Premier's home plans provide a private entrance from the second suite to the front covered porch, so family members or guests have their own private space, yet full access to the main house.
As the baby-boom generation ages, we see more and more folks considering the private guest suite as a good, affordable alternative to costly adult-care facilities.
Ron noted that wider doorways, multiple easy-access showers, taller commodes, levered door handles, lower closet rods and shelves, and the elimination of steps in a home contribute to improved convenience.
With designs and features such as these, it is easy to slightly modify the plans and specifications to be completely ADA-compliant with roll-in showers, grab-bars, lower bathroom vanity and/or kitchen cabinets and so forth.
These are all important features when considering a home that can serve the needs for people who do not want to live in a retirement community.
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