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50+ Homebuyer Tips: Top 6 Things to Keep in Mind

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 @ 16:09 PM

50+ Homebuyer Tips: Top 6 Things to Keep in Mind

Raleigh Custom Home Features for 50+ Homebuyers


Bonus room

1. Personal "Get Away" Space

Office? Hobby room? Entertainment or bonus room? Workshop corner?

No matter what your needs or lifestyle, a defined "get away" area is something you might want to consider in adding to your new home.



 Front Porch

2. Outdoor Living

How much time will you want to spend outdoors?

Well-designed homes include the right amount of space to entertain and relax outdoors, as well as indoors.

Some outdoor living options can include covered porches, screen porches, patios, courtyards, and even outdoor kitchens. 



3. Entertaining OptionsOpen concept floor plan

Consider the flexibility of you floor plan, and make sure to understant all your entertainment options.

Entertainment options are increased with an open concept floor plan, which can make smaller homes seem much more spacious and inviting.

Kitchens open to the great room, keeping room, or living room are becoming more popular, because they allow more opportunities for interaction.


 Covered Front Entrace

4. Easy Living

Most, if not all, living space should be on the first floor. There should also be ample room for manuvering (consider extra-wide hallways and doors).

A great plan should also include a well-designed covered entrance, such as a front porch or portico. Try to minimize the number of stair steps required for entrace.  


5. Plenty of StorageStorage Built ins

Plenty of easily-accessible storage can be essential.

Consider turning attic space into storage, even in one story designs.

Downstairs, look for generous closet space and plenty of cupboards. Built ins are always useful.


Natural Light 

6. Natural Light

Nothing brightens a home better than natural light.

Look for two, three, or four windows per room.

Groupings of windows facing outdoor living space adds even more visual appeal.


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