Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Boomers Downsize to Green, Universally-Designed Homes

At least one builder knows what empty-nesters want.  Steve Romeyn and partner Mark Carruth have built single-story detached homes in Georgia that are both green and universally-designed. 

Jenny Sullivan reported that these homes feature "wide, no-step doorways with options for exterior ramps, lever handles, and abundant natural lighting (via windows, skylights, and sun tunnels)."  

Comfort and design are also factored in with wide porches and traditional architecture. Storage accommodations, including expanded garages and oversized pantries, are disproportionately high thanks to  years of accumulated stuff.  

Even though the average buyer is 65 years old, I would think the appeal of these homes might very well extend to the younger set too.  

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