Entrants into AARP’s “Recession Remodel” Room Makeover Contest were asked to demonstrate how, even in a recession, bathrooms and kitchens can be remodeled for beauty and long-term comfort and efficiency.

The contest winners were just announced, and they include a farm house kitchen outside Charlotte, North Carolina and a bathroom redone in Snohomish, Washington. You can see images and videos of the winners at www.aarp.org/remodel.

The announcement of the winners comes at the same time that AARP released the findings from a recent poll of adults aged 45 and older concerning the home and community preferences of that age group. The results of the finding are pretty interesting. Eight of ten respondents have a full bath and bedroom on the main level of their home, a sign that folks in this age group are well aware of the growing accessibility needs associated with aging in place.

Potential homebuyers falling in this age category (or even those soon to fall into it) should be thinking about the home they are considering and if it will meet their needs down the road.

Is your home designed to handle your anticipated needs as you age?