News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Kate Tyndall / ProSales / January 15, 2013
Bill McHugh, a custom builder in Austin, Texas, is an example of a trend that’s reaching a tipping point if for no other reason than simple demographics. His mother was turning 80, and she wanted to remain independent, a challenge for McHugh, who knew a lot about building but not so much about designing for the challenges faced by an aging body.
What he found was universal design (UD)—a philosophy that calls for the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
America is about to get hitRead More
Jim Cory / REMODELING / June 6, 2013
Business How-To: Sell Universal Design
There are two customer groups when it comes to selling aging-in-place or universal design.
Group One consists of the people who need it or may need it and can afford it but don’t want it — that is, baby boomers with bucks.
Group Two — call them “people with issues” — are coming from a completely different place. They need and want this type of renovation now, and if they can afford it the only question may be whether you’re the contractor who can provide the solutions they need.
Louis Tenenbaum, remodeling consultant and author of Aging in PlaceRead More
Hannah Dreier and Hope Yen of The Associated Press / AARP Blog / June 13, 2013
Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.
Long weighed down by dwindling populations in farming and coal communities and the movement of young people to cities, rural counties are being hit by sputtering growth in retirement and recreation areas, once residential hot spots for baby boomers.
The new estimates, as of July 2012, show that would-be retirees are opting to stay put in urban areas near jobs. Recent weakness inRead More
Craig Webb / REMODELING / May 31, 2013
A new survey of the oldest baby boomers–people born in 1946–finds this group even more likely than they were five years ago to keep living where they are rather than move as part of retirement.
The poll in late 2012 of 1,003 of the so-called “oldest boomers,” including 447 who also were surveyed in 2007, found 82% aren’t planning any future moves. That’s up from 75% in the 2007 survey, conducted at about the time the housing market collapsed. Survey results have a margin of error of plus/minus 3.2 percentage points.
“Of the oldest boomers who did more orRead More
Mike Hower / Triple Pundit / April 25, 2013
When it comes to being environmentally friendly, those born between the early 1980s to early 2000s, otherwise known as Millennials, are talking a lot of talk without walking much of a walk, according to a recent study by DDB Worldwide.
Contrary to what many (especially young people) might think, those hailing from the Baby Boomer generation – their parents– are significantly more likely than Millennials to recycle. Some 66 percent of Boomers surveyed said they make an effort to recycle everything they possibly can, while only 53 percent of Millennials claimed to do so. Boomers also beatRead More