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 February 3, 2016    ~     Vol IX    Issue 5

Building a House for Retirement 

Building a house for retirement provides a unique opportunity for one to create an ideal, personalized setting.

The needs of a person who is retired are quite different from those who are raising a family. Five main considerations are important when planning to build a house for retirement:

1. Plan ahead for ease of circulation:

A custom fit is one of the advantages of building your own house. A kitchen which fits your needs and the way that you operate makes life easier and cooking more enjoyable. Plan ahead with wider hallways and doorways for easier navigation and a main bathroom with grab bars and easily operated fixtures, is also a good idea. And of course, no steps.
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In each new issue of Top Active Adult Communities, we bring you new and established active adult communities from across the country.  Not all of these developments are age-restricted - some of them attract singles and families - but many of them offer the amenities and lifestyle sought by retirees and empty-nesters.



Destinations at Vineyard Point

7501 Chevelle Way, Sacramento, California  95829

(916) 718-1751

Single family homes

Priced from low-$200,000s

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Gated community, clubhouse


865 Pleasure Dr, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524

(970) 493-5646

Modular single family homes

Priced from low-$100,000s

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Gated community with distant mountain views

Southern Meadow

139 Bluebell Drive, Magnolia, Delaware  19962

(302) 677-0800

Manufactured homes

Priced from $115,0000+

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Close to beaches

Highlands at Scotland Yards

9420 US Highway 301, Dade City, Florida 33525

(352) 775-0438

Manufactured homes

Priced from $78,000

Age Restriction:   55+

Web Site

Well kept, gated community

Compass Pointe

8178 Compass Pointe East Wynd, Leland, North Carolina   28451

(888) 717-6468

Single family homes

Priced from low-$300,000s

Age Restriction:   All ages

Web Site

Water access, beach, golf, amenity center


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2. Can your house provide income?

It is possible to build a duplex with very adequate living areas in a size range of 2,000 to 2,500 square feet total. The rental unit will provide an income stream which will continue to adjust with inflation. If your zoning designation does not allow for a duplex, perhaps an in-law type suite may be feasible. Also a live-in maid or care giver's quarters is an important feature which should be considered when a house for retirement is designed.

Additional savings can be realized by the careful choice of building materials, and proper insulation, along with the type of space and water heating systems.

3. Working at home:

According to recent government studies, more and more people are choosing to continue working after retirement, with an increasing number of people working at home. A good home office is much more than a spare bedroom. A well designed home office may have its own entrance from the outside, and certainly requires special planning for the electrical layout, storage requirements, and telephone lines.

4. Security:

Gated communities or a development with a private security service may be among the better places for building a house for Retirement. If this is not possible, then having a rental suite in your house may provide a measure of security.

5. Healthy Design:

"Green architecture," which means design and construction which uses low on nontoxic materials, non-allergenic materials, surfaces which are easily kept clean and dust free, and proper air circulation, among other things, is rapidly gaining wider acceptance. "Green architecture" is much more affordable with a smaller house. A house for your retirement which is built with as many "green" features as possible means a healthier personal environment.

Even those who travel extensively look forward to coming home. Thoughtful design and planning can make your retirement house an enjoyable retreat which works well for you.

~William Edward Summers at http://www.designenvelope.com.  Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=William_Summers

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