Universal Home Design for Senior Population

As senior population is growing and baby boomers age, the demand of universal home design is heating up nowadays. Universal home design is a way to build a home to be accessible to many people regardless of age or ability. The design usually includes convenient features like zero-step entryways, wide hall ways, lower cabinets, waterproof bench in the bathroom etc.

According to the 2011 U.S Census Bureau’s report, The Older Population:2010,  Hawaii’s senior population is increasing faster than any other states in America. Furthermore Urban Honolulu area ranked first with the highest percentage of its population in 85 years and older in the whole country. It has a high percentage of 65 years and older population and ranked fifth as well. It seems those older population will be back to real estate markets as they look for downsized and single level houses. Here we have a general check list for universal home design. Be ready for universal design as a long term investment for the home itself!

-Is main floor at ground level?

-Is the home single level? – no sunken floors or split levels

-Are kitchen, bath, Laundry room and at least one bedroom on the main floor?

-Does interior/exterior floors smooth and slip resistant?(Especially bathroom)

-Does level walkways with no slopes? If any sloe, is it gradual?

-Is it easy to open windows for natural light?

-Is it easy to access to kitchen cabinets?

-Are there grab bars in the bath, shower and near toilet?


About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.