HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Aging Baby Boomer Home Design Quiz
by Staff
Designers and contractors want to produce homes to accommodate the future needs of the many American baby boomers. Baby boomers are standing firm on the principle of remaining in their homes well after retirement. Baby boomer design has thus moved from a concept to a necessity. Take our quiz to see the future of home design, even if you're not a baby boomer.

What exactly is a baby boomer?

  • anyone born between 1942 and 1960
  • anyone born between 1946 and 1964
  • anyone born between 1950 and 1967

How many baby boomers were born in American between 1946 and 1964?

  • 75 million
  • 62 million
  • 58 million

What percentage of the U.S population will baby boomers represent by 2015?

  • 19 percent
  • 28 percent
  • 35 percent

What percentage of Americans 45 years or older strongly agreed that they would stay in their homes after retirement in a year 2000 survey by the AARP?

  • 83 percent
  • 71 percent
  • 62 percent

What is a common term used to describe seniors who want to remain in their own homes versus retirement homes or moving in with their children?

  • aging in place
  • golden oldies
  • grey independence

What influence does the home building industry believe that aging citizens will have on home design in the next few years?

  • Aging citizens will have the biggest influence on home design in the next few years.
  • Aging citizens will have the second biggest influence on home design in the next few years.
  • The influence that aging citizens have on home design will rank third after availability of workers and technology.

What design concept are baby boomers embracing for incorporation in their homes?

  • accessibility design
  • mobility design
  • universal design

How long has the concept of universal design been circulating among builders

  • since the 1960s
  • since the 1970s
  • since the 1980s

What percentage of building contractors indicated that they have received an increased number of requests for work related to aging in place?

  • 35 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 75 percent

How many clear agreed upon concepts make up the base of universal design?

  • nine
  • seven
  • five

What are hallmark characteristics of an entryway to a home designed under the universal design concepts?

  • lever door handles and keyless locks
  • stepless entry and a wide door
  • both of the above

What is essential in a typical two-story home that makes use of universal design concepts?

  • an elevator
  • an intercom system
  • one bedroom on the main floor

What should you observe in a universal design home no matter what room you head for?

  • low pile carpeting
  • wide hallways
  • ceramic tile floors

What is considered an optimum height for light switches and thermostats in a universal design home?

  • 48 inches (1.2 meters)
  • 40 inches (1.0 meters)
  • 36 inches (0.92 meters)

What is a new trend in catering to baby boomers needs when accommodating aging in place design with universal design principles?

  • retro appliances with oversized knobs
  • built in health monitoring stations
  • stylish accessories for elderly people

What may you expect to see in the mater or main bathroom in a universal design home?

  • You can expect a large shower instead of a bathtub, a higher toilet and countertops set at different levels.
  • You can expect a bidet, extra room to park a wheelchair and an automatic infrared heat lamp.
  • You can expect both of the above listed items.

How much will incorporating a universal design typically add to the cost of building a new home?

  • about 10 percent
  • about 5 percent
  • about 3 percent

What is one downside to engaging in a renovation project to change an existing home over to a universal design home?

  • Universal design renovation can cost you 20 times more than building the same home from scratch.
  • Universal design renovation can cost you 15 times more than building the same home from scratch.
  • Universal design renovation can cost you 10 times more than building the same home from scratch.

What is an additional benefit to having universal design principals incorporated into your new home even if you are young?

  • You may end up staying in that home you are building all the way past retirement.
  • You never know when a loved one may end up needing many of a universal homes feature.
  • The resale value of your home will be significantly higher in value over a conventional home.

In what year did the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) create the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) program?

  • 1905-06-20 23:00:00
  • 2002
  • 2005