Older people are willing to pay up to $1,400 more for a house that is specially designed to be safer and more comfortable, according to studies conducted for the state of Florida, reported in the AARP Housing Report published by the American Assn. of Retired Persons.
Financed by the federal Administration on Aging, the studies researched "A-Factor" homes, with one living level, slightly wider (30 rather than 28 inches) interior doors, non-slip surfaces, levers rather than knobs for the doors, rounded corners on cabinets and higher electrical outlets.
"This type of design is simply good design for all age groups, regardless of health," according to Margaret Lynn Duggar of the Aging and Adult Services division of Florida's Department of Health.
"The user-friendly features (of A-Factor houses) are particularly good for anyone considering a retirement residence. It's the kind of design that looks to the future; the kind that makes it easier to stay in their homes as they age."