Boomer Living: Ideas from the "Next Adventure Home"

By Dan Gregory

An outdoor kitchen and sitting area with fireplace and flat screen lead into the back yard.

I just toured Hanley Wood's boomer-oriented "Next Adventure Home" in Clermont, Florida, about 25 minutes outside Orlando, which was completed for the 2017 International Home Builders Show, and found 

strong ideas that will interest anyone thinking of building a new home, whether you are a boomer or not. Developed by Taylor Morrison for one of their active adult communities, the home embodies extensive demographic research into the needs and wants of boomers who are entering their retirement or semi-retirement years. Metrostudy, Grey Matter Research, and the Farnsworth Group conducted the research. Take a close look at the 2,268 sq. ft. layout and think about what might work for you. It's very efficiently organized to maximize flexibility, spaciousness, and easy indoor-outdoor living on one level. 

See how the two main bedrooms are separated for privacy, with the master opening to the backyard and the guest room on the street side. The master bath has a spacious roll-in doorless shower instead of a tub and 

the master closet connects with the laundry room, which in turn opens to the so-called "messy kitchen"/butler's pantry between the actual kitchen and the garage -- so the circulation is a loop with no

wasted or dead-end spaces. And if you want to go to the laundry from the master bedroom and bath you

don't need to traipse through the great room to get there! The laundry even includes a pet feeding station and a Dutch door -- close the lower half while your pet is eating or drying off!

The flex room is off the entry hall leading to the great room, and could be used as a den, guest, or "snore room." Here it's treated as a study that's easy to convert to a guest room thanks to the wall bed that folds down over the couch, a clever variation on the Murphy bed idea from Resource Furniture. 

The covered patio, just beyond the living area and shown at the top of this post, occupies the rear of the

home. Glass wall panels slide away to open up the dining corner beside the kitchen and the great room, flooding the house with light on two sides and seamlessly uniting indoors and outdoors.

You can find similar floor plans in our own inventory, such as Craftsman style Plan 70-1040, shown below,

which is a split bedroom layout, the master closet, which wraps around the "hidden pantry" connects with  

the laundry through a pocket door. The laundry also opens to the hallway from the garage. In Farmhouse


style Plan 430-156, also a split bedroom layout, shown here and below, the master closet opens to the

laundry through another sliding pocket door. Once again, for convenience and efficiency there are  two ways to reach the utility room. To browse a collection of plans with laundry/mud rooms, click here.

Photo credits for the Nextadventure Home courtesy Hanley Wood: lanai, great room, and kitchen by Kip Hawkins; laundry by John Unrue. Architect: Housing Design Matters, Jacksonville, FL; builder: Taylor Morrison, Scottsdale, AZ; interior design: Lita Dirks & Co, Denver; landscape: Waldrop Engineering, Bonita Springs, FL.

Fri Jan 13 00:00:00 PST 2017