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Front Page - Friday, June 29, 2018

Desire to age in place more popular than ever

Older Chattanoogans largely prefer to stay in their homes as they age rather than downsizing or relocating. This is a major driver in the continued growth of aging-in-place remodeling.

This technique involves making home modifications – big or small – to help the home owner live safely in their home for many years to come, especially as they experience changes in their health or mobility.

A recent survey of National Association of Home Builders Remodelers found that among the reasons their clients are requesting home remodeling projects, the desire to age in place is quickly becoming one of the most cited.

When asked about the frequency of customers calling to request aging-in-place home modifications, more than half (52 percent) of the remodelers said those calls occur “often” or “very often.” That portion has grown significantly in recent years – up from 32 percent in 2012.

While the desire for newer and better amenities and the need to repair or replace old components still lead the list of reasons to remodel, the increased intrigue for aging-in-place projects is notable, says NAHB economist Paul Emrath. However, “the uptick is not entirely surprising given the ongoing growth in the nation’s older population,” he adds.

According to the remodelers who were surveyed, some of the aging-in-place remodeling projects that have increased in popularity the most in recent years include:

-- Grab bars in showers and near toilets

-- Taller or elevated toilets

-- Curb-less entry showers

-- Widened hallways and doorways

-- Additional lighting to interior and exterior areas

Many of today’s most reputable remodelers have gone the extra mile to refine the craft of aging-in-place building techniques by earning the NAHB Certified Aging in Place designation.

This benchmark for home builders, remodelers, occupational therapists and other health specialists certifies that they are among the best in the industry at identifying opportunities and integrating the latest products and designs to not only enhance the safety of your current home but its long-term value as well.

To learn more about aging-in-place remodeling projects and to find a CAPS professional in the Greater Chattanooga area, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net or visit www.nahb.org/caps.