The “new” retirement would wisely be defined as “unretirement,” a decades-long, active, involved extension of life. Home will be headquarters during this exciting stage of life, and the house will be command central. From untraditional housing styles to universal design, the kitchen is going to be the 1st true age-free space.
Retirement age is dropping steadily and even individuals in their twenties and thirties eagerly contemplate their move into the stage of life that used to mean the end of all that mattered. Not so in the 21st century; unretirement can bring new freedoms, lucrative ventures, broader horizons, personal fulfillment and global connections – and the majority of this as you sit at the kitchen table enjoying a morning coffee. Kitchens will continue to are available in all shapes, price ranges and sizes. They’ll constantly be loved so much for their flaws as their convenience and charm. Housing styles and development patterns that isolate residents and create urban sprawl will be replaced by designs and plans that are both earth sound and people friendly. One trend will shift couples and single homeowners towards compact, green new homes and away from energy- hungry monster houses. These scaled down residences will not only be smaller sized, they’ll be smarter. As an example, some homeowners may concentrate food production in the kitchen through hydroponic or soilless gardening in glassed-in extensions that double as dining rooms. Kitchen-centric, multi-unit housing will become more common with home-like variations that include:
cluster homes constructed around central courtyards that function as common outside eating areas and kitchen gardens,
co-housing communities which integrate separate family units with communal recreation and eating areas to strengthen community connections, and mingle-style high rise units with private bed-sitting rooms radiating off central kitchens and living areas to offer affordable, elegant lifestyles.…