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Published: Wednesday, 11/16/2005

Creating the Perfect Space for Today s Nesting Baby Boomer

More than 79 million baby boomers are remodeling or purchasing homes favorable to the changes in their lifestyle, once the kids have left for college and they plan ahead for retirement. As such, there are several factors to consider when creating the perfect nest.

It is the first time in years you and your spouse are home alone and the large family space feels really empty. If that is the case, consider finding a one-story dwelling with such design elements as tall ceilings and open floor plans, which give the appearance of a larger home yet maintain a cozy atmosphere. A popular trend is to combine kitchen, dining and living spaces to accommodate small or large gatherings comfortably as the size of your family grows with the arrival of grandchildren.

It is also important to incorporate wider door openings and smooth room transitions with seamless flooring into the design, which provides an ease-of-flow and age friendly space. When feathering your new nest, style, quality and luxury do not have to be compromised. One of the most important interior design components to consider is the floor selection. Certain types of flooring, such as luxury resilient flooring, are ideal for heavy traffic areas and provide a sophisticated and stylish design element. You can choose any look from wood planks to ceramic tile to brick, allowing you to create a personalized floor that meets your decorative needs.

Small yards and simple interiors are also key factors when downsizing and simplifying your home space. Weekends weren t made for mowing and mopping, so choose landscaping and flooring that requires minimal maintenance.

Making informed decisions about design space and flooring choices is key when planning the future home for your family. By doing so, you can create a home that will be flexible during all stages of your life, making your home the perfect nest.

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