Mother’s Day is now only a week away, and we’re continuing our series on the features that make or break a home for the modern mom. In the previous two weeks, we’ve discussed building a home with proper storage and designing a home with modern entertaining needs in mind. Today, we’ll shift our attention to designing a flexible home. These days, it is more important than ever that the home can adapt throughout the years as the family’s needs change. We think you’ll see why a Timberpeg can be the perfect house throughout all the years ahead.
In the not-too-distant past, the average homebuyer might stay in a home for about ten years before they moved to a new home. Recently, however, that figure has climbed to an average around fifteen years nationally and around twenty-five years in the northeast. Many homebuyers plan on buying a forever home that they will live in for the rest of their lives, rather than upsizing and downsizing with new homes throughout the years. With this change, the modern mom’s first concern is whether a home will be right for the family, both now and in the years ahead.
One of the primary ways a home will change through the years is the utilization of bedrooms. Right now, you may have young kids living at home, but they will move out eventually. They may also move back in eventually, or perhaps your parents will eventually move in to live with you full time. One way to easily keep the room current through all these changes is to make the personal touches easy to change as needed. Permanent features like closets and general purpose built-ins are useful features. Hardwood flooring with area rugs make it easy to change the feel of a room as time goes by, and paint or wallpaper are quick and inexpensive ways to personalize a room as its purpose shifts.
If you are anticipating long-term residence by your parents, then a separate in-law suite is a popular choice. By providing an area with separate sleeping, living and kitchen space, parents can live at home while still maintaining their own space. To accommodate seniors, building the suite on a wing of the first floor or walk-out basement is preferable to an upper-floor arrangement.
If mom works from home now, the home office may no longer a wise use of space after retirement. Perhaps the office can become a hobby room, or maybe it’s next to the kitchen and you want to convert it into a formal dining room. This is an area where a timber frame home is at a great advantage. Since only the posts are load-bearing, and not walls, you can open up a doorway or expand a room with much greater ease than in conventional construction. Even with the best planning for the years ahead, it’s nice to know that a Timberpeg allows your home to change in place as you age in place.
If you’re looking to talk more about building a flexible home for the years ahead, please contact us. Next week, on Mother’s Day, we’ll discuss how a Timberpeg is the perfect home to provide a comfort desperately sought by moms today: relaxation.