Changing Homes for Baby Boomers

Camp Karen

As many of you know Camp Karen (our home between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in Louisa County, Virginia) provides living space for multiple generations.  Karen’s mother lives with us so we designed a suite to meet her needs along with wider doors, hallways, wood floors, no step entry, one level living, zoned heating, etc.  Karen also keeps two of our grandchildren several days a week so we have campers from 2 to 89.  Ten years ago when we used local design/build firm Stanley Custom Homes, LLC to create Camp Karen there we not a lot of resources regarding multi generational homes.  Ken, Karen and I used ideas gathered from visiting retirement communities and other homes plus searching builder magazines for new products. 


Fortunately more resources abound for those building now.  Universal Design, Aging in Place and other programs exist to help design and build homes or modify existing homes for an aging population.  The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) recently released Senior Advocate 2011 Resource Guide.   Also, local companies like Builder Fish provide design build services to clients looking to either stay in their current home or build homes for the future generational changes.

Think ahead about what to included or eliminate.

Heck I turned 50 last year and like many of the Baby Boomer Generation, remaining active while enjoying life continues to be a priority.  I am always checking out house plans, new design features etc. and thinking about the next home we’ll build.  Karen and I want a smaller home where we can enjoy life in a low maintenance and energy efficiency.  If you’re interested in buying or building a home with universal design, aging in place, etc., I am here to help, so let’s talk!

About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through
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