Boomers in Transition: What’s Next in Unit Design?

The question everyone is asking right now is – What do Boomers want? We know this influential demographic of approximately 74 million people is redefining aging. As an architecture firm that specializes in designing places where people live and creating a sense of community, we want to know how and where Boomers want to live in the coming years.

Our Boomers in Transition survey series begins by exploring what’s next in unit design.

We are happy to report that approximately 63% of our respondents represent active adults ages 55-84 who were responding from the perspective of a resident. Here are a few highlights:

Outdoor Connection

When it comes to unit design, a distinct connection to the outdoors is a priority. More than just windows, residents want direct access via a sunroom, screened-in porch or balcony.

Kitchen Style Preference

In addition to an outdoor connection, respondents were clear in their responses regarding the type of kitchen desired to best suit their lifestyle. The majority are looking for a medium-sized kitchen for the preparation of an occasional meal with space for entertaining. While a small kitchen for basic food prep was not desirable, some people still want a larger kitchen for regularly preparing meals with cooking and food storage as a focus. And when it comes to the ideal kitchen layout, an L-shaped plan was preferred.


As Boomers transition into new living spaces, the act of downsizing is a challenge. That is why storage is always a concern. Our survey confirmed that size and access are important. The amount of storage is priority number one. And while the size of the closet is most importantrespondents prefer to access a separate closet from the Master Bedroom without requiring them to walk through a private toilet and bathing area.


As we said at the beginning of the survey process, we are on a mission—like the rest of the world—to understand what Boomers in Transition want.

Download our full report for insight into unit design preferences and see how all of these details come together in our virtual design tour.

Contact Eric Harrmann – if you need additional information or to set up a meeting. We look forward to discussing how this report can support unit design in your existing community or pave the way for future projects.