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On trend

Open-concept floor plans cater to active retirement lifestyle

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November 4th, 2015
Nancy Squier in her Cedar Crest apartment home

Nancy Squier in her Cedar Crest apartment home

Home design trends have shifted over the years. Recently, new homes are moving away from the boxy rooms, narrow hallways, and separate living and dining rooms of years past in favor of larger, more open, flexible spaces. 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015 demonstrates that 61% of respondents report an increase in open-concept spaces, up from 50% in 2014.

Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., has taken note. The modern continuing care community features various open-concept floor plans, from deluxe one-bedroom apartments to luxury three-bedroom apartment homes. 

Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor says open-concept layouts allow retirees to “right-size” from a large, single-family home to a space that better fits their life today, rather than 30 years ago.

“Our apartments are designed to highlight the most-used rooms of your house in a spacious, open layout,” Connor says.  

Flexible living space

Most empty nesters use just four to five rooms: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room, sometimes an office or den. Extra bedrooms and bathrooms, the dining room, and basement often collect dust and clutter.