“Home for Life” Virtual Universal Design Home Tour Launched

Remodeling magazine announced today the launch of Home for Life, a virtual home tour that showcases how to remodel a home to save money and live well throughout the retirement years.

The first of the 76 million Baby Boomers turned 65 years old last year. A recent survey conducted by AARP revealed that 84 percent of Boomers would like to stay in their current home during retirement but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for the next couple of decades.

The photo-realistic online virtual tour is now open at www.homeforlife2012.com. The home focuses on the needs of a hypothetical couple who have been married almost 40 years and have decided to continue living in their current home after they retired so they can remain near their friends, family and community services. The tour shows homeowners and remodelers how to:

-Adapt a home for aging in place
-Incorporate universal design into any renovation
-Lower a home’s heating and cooling costs for years through energy-efficient home improvements, products and  replacements
-Save money and hassle over time throu gh choosing low-maintenance materials and products with long lifecycles

“Our goal for the Remodeling Home for Life virtual tour is to shed light on what baby boomers and remodelers will need to consider to adapt homes for the retirement years, including universal design strategies, lowered operating costs, and durable, low-maintenance products and systems,” said Sal Alfano, editorial director of Remodeling. “We have brought together
experts in remodeling design, active adult lifestyle, energy and resource efficiency, and universal design to create Home for Life.”

The Remodeling Home for Life tour will show how to transform a classic suburban family house into a convenient, energy-efficient and low-maintenance home for an active Baby Boomer couple, and offers a wealth of ideas to remodel for the next stage of life. The tour features before-and-after photos and changes for the most-cost effective remodeling projectsincluding:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Master bedroom
  • Front entrance

Remodeling will participate in a meeting with AARP and the organization’s 50 state agencies at the end of June to introduce them to Home for Life.

“The Baby Boomer generation is not slowing down. They are living longer and expecting more out of their lives – even in retirement,” said Aldea Douglas, a project manager for home and community issues at AARP. “We at AARP are working to ensure that their homes and communities are able to keep up with them. Tools such as Home for Life demonstrate how—with a few modifications—you can enhance your home’s comfort and safety to maintain your independence as your lifestyle and needs change.”

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