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If remodeling your home for your Golden Years is on your bucket list, you’re not alone. Soon the largest group of retirees this country has ever seen will be creeping into their retirement years, followed by their children or grandchildren. It’s something that has never happened before in the history of the United States, or of the world for that matter. Two populations are hitting later life simultaneously. Echo Boomers, also known as the Millenials, Gen Y or Generation Next, are the second largest generation in U.S. history (behind you know who.)

It’s true. Every seven seconds someone in America turns 50 – over 12,500 every day. Whew! That’s a heck of a number! They’re Back! And not going anywhere soon. All grown up and older… But they are far from being “done.” Not by a long shot.

And they are taking the remodeling industry by storm. That’s because 90 percent of today’s seniors say they’d much rather stay in their homes than opt for other senior-living arrangements. It’s called Aging in Place, and it’s picking up more momentum in home remodeling. Basically, it’s the reverse of child-proofing a home.

These retirees, or soon to be retirees, don’t intend to do it sitting on the back porch in their rocking chairs. Many of them are simply downsizing their current homes or looking to purchase or build ones that are specific to their new needs and lifestyles.

Along with getting older, they have also gotten wiser. They are no longer overspending or overbuilding…They’ve been there, done that!  They don’t want bigger houses; they want homes that are well designed to accommodate the way they live… comfortably and affordably! They still want all the bells and whistles but they want it all in 2500 square feet or less.

GenXers seem to be looking to increase functionality and space to accommodate their growing families; while Baby Boomers are looking to downsize and simplify. Regardless of the reason for the remodel, many of the updates are common among both groups.

Roomier Rooms
The “open floor plan” is still very popular and experts don’t see that changing any time soon. People are spending more time at home entertaining, cooking and enjoying family fun nights. Rather than expanding the home, more people are turning to the conversion of existing space. Attics and garages are the new media and game rooms or workshops/hobby rooms. Walls are being removed to allow for a better flow between the once separated kitchen and living room.

Both GenXers and the Boomers are remodeling their homes to accommodate aging. It is becoming more and more common for the Boomer to move in with the GenXers… parents moving in with their children. Equally so, aging Americans are preparing their homes for the coming years by remodeling bathrooms by installing grab bars, adjusting counter heights, larger curbless showers and wider doors.

Relaxation is the Key
Today’s bathroom is a place of relaxation and comfort. People are moving away from the modest styles and moving more toward an earthiness that offers a calming “Zen-like” retreat. Warmer color pallets, simple, clean, timeless designs are the order of the day.

While most people still like plush carpeting in their bedrooms, many of the homeowners are replacing carpet with wood, tile, laminates and other types of flooring in the main living areas of the home. These harder surface floors are easier to keep clean and typically require less maintenance.

High-Tech Homes
As technology advances with wonders like HD TV, Blue-Ray and Whole House Audio/Video, our homes seem to be becoming more technologically advanced as well. More homes are converting unused space into media centers with built in cabinetry for in home movie night, gaming and the simple joy of watching the game with friends.

Hobby Rooms
After retiring, some Boomers want extra space for special interests — a bigger office, a hobby room or even a bigger kitchen where both husband and wife can cook.

Basement Finishing
Some Boomers want their parents to move in with them, so finishing a basement can be the perfect answer so granny can continue to live live comfortably close to family and friends.

Kitchens Kitchens Everywhere
Of all of the rooms in a home,  MN Finish Carpenter are getting more requests for kitchen remodels. Whether updating to sell or making room for an expanding family, home owners are investing their remodeling dollars in the kitchen. Updates may include custom cabinets, new appliances, updated flooring and new countertops.

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