Adventure Land

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Adventure Land
NEXTAdventure appeals to the active, discerning 55-plus buyer.
One of the biggest emerging homebuyer profiles is that of the 55-and-older empty nester, the kind of homeowner ready to enjoy the finer things in life, especially when it comes to their living space.
 
“Their relationship with their house has changed,” says architect Deryl Patterson, president of Jacksonville-based Housing Design Matters. “In the past, they’ve been busy raising a family or focused on their career, and now they have time to really enjoy their house. Rooms that once were chore rooms are now hobby rooms, especially the kitchen.”
 
When opened, the Series 3600 90-Degree Multi-Slide Door seamless merges the inside with the outdoors.
When opened, the Series 3600 90-Degree Multi-Slide Door seamless merges the inside with the outdoors.

For Patterson, designing the NEXTAdventure Home offered her the opportunity to further explore the possibilities of a home focused on indoor-outdoor living for an American demographic that is 77 million strong. The 2,300-square-foot home, a collaborative effort between leading homebuilder Taylor Morrison and Builder magazine, debuted in January at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando to awestruck attendees. And Western Window Systems’ Series 3600 Vinyl Multi-Slide Door was a big part of the home’s success.

These multi-slide doors let in loads of natural light.
These multi-slide doors let in loads of natural light.
 
“You roll open those doors, and it’s just amazing,” Patterson says. “The house lives so much larger than the square footage, and a lot of it has to do with the way those doors open up the indoor living space to the outside. Western Window Systems really stepped up and got it done for this project.”
 
“A Series 3600 90-Degree Vinyl Multi-Slide Door slides neatly into pockets and opens up the dining area to the kitchen. A stacking version expands the family area to an outdoor living space complete with a fireplace and summer kitchen.

“Rooms that once were chore rooms are now hobby rooms, especially the kitchen.”  - Deryl Patterson, president, Housing Design Matters

The NEXTAdventure Home appeals to the 55-plus buyer.
The NEXTAdventure Home appeals to the 55-plus buyer.
 
“It’s fabulous the way the house flows when the doors are open,” Patterson says. “But sometimes when an outdoor living space, such as that of the NEXTAdventure home, is so big and so deep, the house suddenly can seem dark when outfitted with a more traditional door system,” Patterson continues. Not so with the Series 3600. “They’re great when closed, too, because of how much natural light they let in.”
 
And Western Window Systems’ vinyl multi-slide doors are ideal for the 55-plus homeowner because of their ease of use and the low maintenance required. “It’s absolutely huge,” Patterson says. “To this group, it’s all about them and their time. They don’t want to spend time painting, patching, touching up, and caulking. At this point in their lives, this group is trying to have fun and low maintenance is totally essential.”
"These doors take the idea of an invisible corner to the next level," says architect Deryl Patterson.
"These doors take the idea of an invisible corner to the next level," says architect Deryl Patterson.
 
The NEXTAdventure Home’s other core features were designed specifically with the 55-and-older homeowner in mind: an open floor plan with high ceilings; a kitchen with a large island, lower cabinetry, wine storage, and walk-in pantry; lighting that adapts to residents; integrated home technology that can be controlled by smartphone; and, of course, plenty of outdoor space that seamlessly merges the indoors with the outside.
 
“We worked really hard to connect that outdoor space to the interior of the home,” Patterson says. “The 90-degree multi-slide door is just so important to that end. We wanted a door that could come together in that corner, so we were glad to find Western Window Systems. Not only is it beautiful when the 90-degree doors are closed, but when you open them, you can walk through them and not just see through them. These doors take the idea of an invisible corner to the next level.”

“This group is trying to have fun and low maintenance is totally essential.” - Deryl Patterson, president, Housing Design Matters

Indoor-outdoor living is highly sought after by the 55-plus homebuyer.
Indoor-outdoor living is highly sought after by the 55-plus homebuyer.
 
The result of years of research commissioned by Builder magazine and Taylor Morrison, the NEXTAdventure Home may end up being the ultimate educational tool for homebuilders nationwide looking to serve the highly active and discerning 55-and-up buyer profile.
 
Patterson says the home celebrates the needs and desires of this demographic, and she doesn’t expect this buyer group’s demand for indoor-outdoor living to fade anytime soon. Western Window Systems moving glass walls will only continue to be a huge part of the movement.
 
“I’ll be designing with these doors in my houses from now on,” she says.
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