By Luisella Alfonsina. Home Plan. Published at Friday, April 20th, 2018 - 04:30:28 AM.
Floor Plans for the Next Chapters. The Boomers are retiring. With over 80 million members, the Baby Boom generation will be looking for a different kind of house that suits their retirement. These houses will likely be in warmer locales, will be less square footage and in communities geared for the empty nest / retiree life style. So what will these homes be like?
Outdoor Fireplaces. Outdoor fireplaces have reached flashover – taking off throughout the country, even in warm environs. Why? They are an inexpensive way to create a frequently used amenity. We probably do more outside than inside fireplaces, says Binkley, who primarily works in Florida.
To keep costs down on his kitchen he ordered cabinets and had them fully assembled prior to shipment. He says it costs more to hire someone to assemble the cabinets than to buy them already put together. Instead of buying a slab of granite, he purchased granite squares for $4/$5 per square foot. The kitchen counter ended up being roughly $200 in addition to the cost of labor to lay the tiles.
Open floor plans offer easier conversation but little privacy. Challenges of Open Floor Plans. As much as we rave about the space, light and flow that a large, open room gives us, there are certainly some challenges. Obviously, some privacy is lost when you tear down walls and join everything together. Talking on the phone in the kitchen while your kids are watching TV could be difficult.
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