Building for Boomers (McGraw-Hill Construction Series)

Guide to Design and Construction

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March 10, 2010


Mixed media product, 304 pages


0071599819 / 9780071599818


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Design and Build Housing for the Boomer Generation

This unique resource provides the latest housing data, options, and trends to help you plan, design, and construct homes and communities to meet the requirements and expectations of aging baby boomers. There are 77 million boomers in the United States alone who continue to set the new, higher standard for product change and innovation as they have been doing for decades. Building for Boomers offers targeted information for architects, builders, engineers, developers, remodelers, and suppliers interested in capitalizing on this exploding market.


  • Plan neighborhoods based on local and regional factors, including zoning and other regulations
  • Understand different types of neighborhoods, such as age-targeted, mixed generations, transit-oriented design (TOD), traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs), cohousing, and others
  • Integrate aging in place, universal, and green building design concepts
  • Incorporate technology infrastructure into your designs, including communication, entertainment, lighting, environment, protection, and healthcare
  • Design single family homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments
  • Explore various design options for living spaces, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and storage
  • Stay informed of growing trends such as green construction and smart homes
  • Determine and develop your niche

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Boomers: Who They Are, What They Want, Why You Should Care; Chapter 2. Unexpected Challenges; Chapter 3. Neighborhood Types; Chapter 4. Aging in Place, Universal Design, Sustainability and Building Green; Chapter 5. Technology Turns the Tide; Chapter 6. Single Family Homes and Townhouses; Chapter 7. Condos and Apartments; Chapter 8. The Design Process Step by Step; Chapter 9. Design Options; Chapter 10. Looking Ahead; Chapter 11. Determining and Developing Your Niche; Chapter 12. Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with Boomers; Appendixes; Glossary; Index

Author comments

Judy Schriener is a journalist in the design and construction field who spent 16 years in McGraw-Hill's Construction Group as editor-in-chief of the group's website.

Mike Kephart is recognized as one of the leaders in the field of 50+ housing and has won numerous awards for his designs.

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