Power to the Baby Boomers!

Baby boomers are the folks born from 1946 to 1964 and are 81+ million strong in the U.S. They account for 28 percent of the U.S population but more than half of the nation’s purchasing power according to a recent study by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI).

Many boomers are choosing to remain in their current homes as they age. Aging in Place means the ability to live in your own home comfortably and safely for as long as possible. As people remodel their homes, they’re including Universal Design products—a design concept that meets the needs of people with varied abilities. It considers people with age-related problems, people who are tall or short, as well as those with various physical or mental impairments. It also acknowledges that abilities change over time.

American Standard safety shower

A low threshold shower with bench from American Standard.

What Aging in Place DOES NOT mean is that your home renovations have to look institutional!  Kitchen and bathrooms typically require the most alternations. Here are some practical, but stylish suggestions to keep that cozy feel.

Bathroom manufacturers are offering comfortable walk-in tubs, roomy seated showers, stylish easy-to-use faucets and higher toilets to create a beautiful, safer and more comfortable bathroom.

American Standard walk-in tub

American Standard walk-in tub.

• Walk-in tubs come as soaking units with built-in chair height benches and grab bars. Options include hydrotherapy features such as air and whirlpool or pumps for faster draining.

• Walk-in showers are available in several sizes with low to zero thresholds for easy access. There are choices of benches, seats, shelves and grab bars. Most install easily for retro-fit remodels.

Aquatic Accessible shower

Aquatic’s accessible shower with hand-held shower head with slider bar.

• Plumbing fixtures such touch-free faucets and adjustable hand-held shower heads are both available with temperature controls to prevent scalding.

• Toilets heights at 16-17” are taller and safer. Adding a raised toilet seat will add more height.

Delta Bath Touch faucet

Delta’s Touch technology turns on/off easily.

Delta kitchen touch faucet

Delta’s Touch technology saves water, too!








Universal Design options are plentiful for creating a user-friendly kitchen. Evaluate how your kitchen flows. Eliminate tight spaces and obstructions that may, at some time, become a safety issue.

GE oven pull-out shelf

A pull-out shelf is convenient under a GE built-in oven.

Cabinets have a lot of flexibility. For easier access, wall cabinets may be installed lower and base cabinets higher. Include pull-out, roll-out or lift shelving for less bending. Soft close door hinges and drawer glides simplify opening and closing. Deep toe kicks on cabinets will accommodate wheel chairs.

GE raised dishwasher

This raised GE dishwasher eliminates extra bending.

Appliances can be installed based on height requirements. Raise a dishwasher or lower microwaves, cooktops and built-in ovens to accommodate your need. Again, cabinets can be adjusted.

Don’t forget lighting! Our eyes change as we age; less light reaches the retina and the sensitivity to glare increases. Uniform ambient (primary source) lighting and good task lighting is essential. Install dimmer switches for easy adjustments.

StarMark Kitchen Storage

Easy to access kitchen storage from StarMark Cabinetry.

Baby Boomers Flower PowerBaby boomers are the flower children of yesterday who transformed into movers and shakers of change. They continue to influence change and companies are listening to their needs.

Come by Modern Supply’s kitchen, bath & lighting showroom and incorporate Universal Design products in your home. Design your home for today with the future in mind. 865-966-4567

Power to the Baby Boomers!


Affordable Bathroom Updates

Delta bath accessories & matching faucet

Matching accessories & faucet from Delta.

Accessories in dated finishes, like the 80’s shiny gold brass, can date a room. Replacing tissue holders, towel bars, soap dispensers and even robe hooks can bring your room back into the current decade. Oodles of choices often coordinating with stylin’ new faucets which probably need replacing too!

KraftMaid Shaker contemporary hardware

KraftMaid Shaker style cabinets with contemporary hardware.

Cabinetry hardware can date cabinets faster than an eighties hairdo! Super easy to replace and can totally change the look of the room. Presto! From traditional to contemporary, in a flash! Don’t be afraid to mix styles for an eclectic look.

Mr. Steam Towel Warmer

A Mr. Steam towel warmer adds a spa-like touch.

OMG! How awesome is it to have a warm towel to wrap up in after a bath? Wall mounted and freestanding floor towel warmers are available with cords so you don’t have to deal with electrical changes. Some come with an aromatherapy oil well. Ohh-la-la…such indulgence!

Vanity lights

Updating vanity lights & mirrors can give your bath a fresh look.

Nothing screams OUTDATED faster that than an old vanity light bar and glued-on mirrors. Replacing these will dramatically change the look of your bathroom. There are sooo many gorgeous vanity lights available that won’t break the bank! And mirrors that add pizazz…in all shapes, colors and sizes. You might consider a mirrored medicine cabinet. They’ve come a long way, baby!

Goodness, so many choices…so little time! Stop by Modern Supply’s showroom and see tons of great ways to spruce up your bath and…

Tell ‘em Millie sent you!Millie