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Blog: Building Better Bathrooms for Baby Boomers

Baby boomers are the largest demographic of homebuyers and possess 70 percent of the nation’s disposable income. But baby-boomer homeowners are not just couples. The National Association of Realtors found that single female baby-boomers buy twice as many homes as single men do, and they account for one of every five houses sold in their own age group.

These homeowners do their homework when it comes to remodeling projects, but many are still reluctant to discuss preparing for future accessibility needs. Slips and falls are a constant hazard in bathrooms, making it the logical place to introduce design that is both stylish and safe.

When designing a bathroom remodel for a baby boomer, consider including design elements from this checklist:

•    Contrasting the color edge and border at countertops

•    Bracing in walls around tub, shower, shower seat and toilet for installation of grab bars to support 250 to 300 pounds

•    European-style curbless shower or lower bathtub for easier access

•    Fold-down seat in the shower

•    Adjustable/handheld showerheads, 6-foot hose

•    Light in shower stall

•    Toilet that is 2.5 inches higher than a standard toilet

•    Toilet-paper holder that allows rolls to be changed with one hand

•    Slip-resistant flooring in bathroom and shower

For more training and information about accessible design, the National Association of Home Builders offers the Certified Aging in Place designation with courses available nationwide. Learn more about the program and remodeling for baby boomers at nahb.org/capsinfo

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NAHB Remodelers is the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders, representing more than 55,000 members who are involved in the remodeling industry. Learn more at nahb.org/remodelers.

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