Gearing up for the Golden Years

Renovations for Retiring Baby Boomers on the Rise

Image Credit: Stockvault
Image Credit: Stockvault

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40.3 million Americans turned 65 or older in the United States in 2010. That’s nearly 13% of the entire nation’s population. In addition, that number was up 5.3 million from just 10 years earlier, which was up 3.8 million from 10 years before that. It’s clear that America’s Baby Boomer generation – born between 1946 and 1964 – is either at or nearing retirement age and looking forward to their golden years. Add to those statistics the fact that 88% of homeowners aged 65 or older would like to stay in their current residence for as long as possible (AARP), and it’s a sure bet that – while gearing up for the Golden Years – aspiring retirees could use the services of a trusted and experienced renovation company like Atlanta-based Highlight Homes.

There are several reasons a Baby Boomer might want to consider a thoughtfully planned and well-executed home renovation:

1. Home Beautification

When one trades in the keys to their office for the freedom that retirement affords, travel may top their To-Do list. But – unless they plan to pack up an RV and travel all over the country or sail around the world for months on end – chances are they will suddenly be spending lots of time at home. That can be a very positive thing when one happens to love their home. That love of home can be magically rekindled with an exciting gourmet kitchen renovation where they can explore their culinary creativity, the incorporation of a tranquil outdoor oasis where they can enjoy countless mornings gardening and numerous evenings dining al fresco, or the complete revamp of a basement into the ideal spot for entertaining friends where they can host an endless array of casino nights, movie watching parties, and so much more. From a new façade on the exterior to a master bedroom renovation, the possibilities are endless for one’s home to reflect the excitement that surely follows this thrilling new stage of their life.

2. Home Maintenance

If a couple has lived in their home for a number of years, it may be wise to take a look around at possible home maintenance needs in order to fend off any costly surprises down the road. From big projects that might involve the condition of the roof to easy fixes like caulking around windows and door to keep out drafts and moisture, a skilled general contractor or renovation company can provide a top-to-bottom assessment to help homeowners plot out their maintenance projects over the coming months. It can also help them keep an eye on possible problem areas in their home and plan for possible major repairs at some point down the road.

3. Age-in-Place Inspired Renovations

With so many homeowners aged 65 and above desiring to stay in their homes for as long as possible, it may be a smart move to begin looking at “age-in-place” renovations to help them comfortably adjust to the Golden Years and beyond. Handicap accessible ramps along the exterior of the home and stair lifts are at one end of the retirement age spectrum, while mainstream “age-in-place” adjustments like walk-in showers with seating and safety grab bars and conversion of a first-floor living area to a master suite may be forward-thinking options to consider incorporating into the home now rather than later – when it’s an absolute necessity.

If you are a Baby Boomer who is considering a home renovation – whether for Home Beautification, Home Maintenance, or Age-in-Place Inspired – we invite you to call upon the talented design-build team at Highlight Homes. Our home renovation experts will be more than happy to help you assess your “needs” and explore the options to best fulfill your “wants.” Highlight Homes is proud to be a Better Business Bureau-accredited company that is fully licensed and insured. To schedule a no-obligation consultation, please call 678.873.9234, e-mail, or fill out our convenient online contact form. To learn more about Highlight Homes, view our full list of services and sneak a peek at some of our previous projects, visit today!

Gearing up for the Golden Years