A Place to Belong: HBAWS

Why Join: Benefits of Membership

Three-in-One Membership, NAHB, NCHBA, HBAWS

MARKETING – We help you sell your products & services.

Sponsors Club – help us tell our story, promote your company in our weekly eNews, website and in our printed Membership Directory

Triad Home & Garden Show, Spring Parade of Homes, Food Trucks for Habitat, Fall Parade of Homes

NETWORKING – We help you meet others.

Monthly Membership Socials, Meetings & Networking

Remodelers Council: Meetings and Socials

Printed and online Membership Directory

Golf Tournament

Sporting Clays

REPRESENTATION – We are on your side.

Local Building Industry Advocate via Government Affairs Director

BUILD PAC – NAHB & NCHBA lobbyists for industry

SERVICES – We help you get covered.

Workers’ Compensation through Builders Mutual Insurance Co.

BBB Care® program for resolving consumer complaints

Homeowner Handbook & Limited Written Warranty Program


INFORMATION – We keep you informed.

HBAWS Weekly eNews

Members Only facebook page

HBA website

Event Websites: THGS, FPH, SPH

NCHBA Builder newsletter and website

NAHB Builder Magazine and website

EDUCATION – We help you know how.

HBAWS, NCHBA & NAHB Continuing Education

N.C. Builders Institute – offers continuing education credits

NCHBA 21st Century Building Expo & STARS Awards

NAHB International Builders’ Show – the nation’s largest trade show

NAHB Designation programs and Webinars

Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

If you’re one of the millions of American baby boomers approaching their 70s, you may be asking if now is an opportunity to move and downsize to a smaller, more manageable home, or to stay put in your current home and repurpose any extra space vacated by adult children.

The answer depends on your unique circumstances, of course. But for those who decide to stay put — at least for the time being — now is a great time to begin considering which, if any, modifications your home may require to better suit your needs and ensure your safety as you get older.

Rather than waiting until an incident occurs, be proactive about making alterations to your home that will help you avoid potential injury. Likewise, take advantage of a broad spectrum of new technologies that can make your home easier to manage and provide an extra layer of security.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are planning to “age in place.”

Prioritize Your Wish List

Take a good look at the rooms in your house to determine which ones fit your new lifestyle and which ones need some work. Some areas of the home might only need minor changes. Others might need to be repurposed altogether. Take the time to create a general plan and prioritize the items on your list.

Focus on Improving Livability

Many empty nesters hire expert remodelers to adapt their home to make it easier to maintain. Stairs can sometimes become a problem, but moving the master bedroom and the laundry room to the ground floor can be part of a solution. Doing so can give homeowners many more years in the home they love without a sense of urgency to move to a single-story home. Building professionals who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in it safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age.

Make Use of Technology

Everywhere you look these days, there is new technology. Why not put it to use in your house? Motion sensor light switches can illuminate a room as soon as you enter. They can also be connected with a home security and monitoring system, and could be configured to send help in the event of a fall or other accident. A smart refrigerator will notify you when you’re out of milk, or better yet, place an order to be delivered by your local grocer. A front door camera and microphone will allow you to see who is on your porch, even if you’re not there. If you can dream it up, there is likely a technology solution out there for it.

Expand Your Space

Depending on the age of your home, you may find that, for example, your master bedroom or bath is too small for comfort. Look for opportunities to expand those rooms into adjacent, unused or underutilized spaces. A remodeling professional is the best person to help you determine what your options are to build your dream master bathroom or bedroom. They can also help you find ways to create a more open floorplan that is easier to navigate for those with mobility concerns. Incorporating these changes will not only create a home that suits a changing lifestyle, they also may increase the value of your home when you eventually decide it’s time sell.

For more information on the most effective ways for empty nesters to remodel their home, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem or visit www.hbaws.net.