Climate change will speed up the process of gentrification in coastal cities by constricting the supply of livable land, and rendering it very expensive due to scarcity.
A National Building Museum exhibit explores the need for housing that is not only more affordable for future buyers, but will address the needs of an aging population. Technology and function merge in ways that bring multipurpose to spaces that were previously accepted as static.
Between 2010 and 2040, we predict the nation’s 65-plus population will grow by roughly 90 percent. This ballooning number of seniors will impact industries as diverse as health care, technology, and, especially, real estate.
“It’s outrageous. They were told, ‘If you’re going to use a wheelchair, you can’t live here anymore.’”
Older people have the highest rate of home-ownership in the country — about 80 percent. The great majority live in single-family homes, most of them poorly suited for the disabilities common in later life.
Just 1 percent of homes are conducive to aging in place. So thinking long term about universal design and the ways it can help us remain at home across all life stages is beneficial.
The push of a button or a simple voice command can turn on the lights, adjust the temperature, open blinds and change the TV channel.
Aging-in-place solutions are rapidly becoming one of the high-demand sectors of the remodeling industry. But a contractor’s knowledge and training are critical to achieving a working solution.
“Our Design -Build approach use Universal Design to the full extent of its possibilities. It is not a question of simply lowering counters or of having hallways 4’ feet wide. It goes deeper into the architecture of the home.”
When considering the next thirty years for Western New York, we must also think about Baby Boomers’ roles within that future.