As homebuilders and contractors can tell you, demand is going up nationally for bathroom renovations—and the requests are usually that the bathrooms be bigger and more accessible. In other words, the rising trend in bathroom renovations is to use Universal Design principles—making large bathrooms that are accessible now and as homeowners age.
According to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, more than half of baby-boomer homeowners are renovating bathrooms to plan for aging in place. These homeowners want bathrooms with accessible features like lower, open sinks and lower toilets, curbless (zero-entry) showers, zero-threshold entries, well placed grab bars, and the removal of large, hard-to-access tubs.
The American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey from 2016 showed the beginning of this trend: accessibility was the leading trend in bathroom design with homeowners requesting universal design features such as curbless, walk-in showers.
According to Houzz, 46% of those homeowners requesting bathroom renovations are also remodeling their bedrooms, with a goal to have larger, more accessible master suites – another renovation based on accessibility.
At LifeStage Home Designs, we believe that builders can provide the most value to their clients by building homes already designed with Universal Design features in place. It is significantly less expensive for clients to build an accessible home than remodel one later. LifeStage’s stock home plans provide builders with a variety of plans to offer clients—and all plans can be custom modified.
So why not change the focus of performing remodels and start building homes that incorporate these trends? By incorporating the principles of Universal Design as part of the homes you build, there is an upwardly trending market awaiting. Don’t miss out on the movement towards Universal Design and homes for aging in place.
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LifeStage Home Designs can work with you to develop the home of your dreams. Simply find a plan that you like, then talk to our expert designers to add the features your family needs – whether that’s a larger garage, an elevator, an enclosed porch, or more.