Buyers' Secret Must-Have: A Snore Room

December 2, 2016

One in four couples admit to sleeping in separate rooms. And snoring may be a big reason keeping couples apart at night.

Snoring gets common – and maybe louder – as people age too. Thirty percent of people over the age 30 snore, 40 percent over the age of 40 snore, and by age 60, 60 percent of men snore and 40 percent of women, according to the Statistics Brain Research Institute.

Architect Deryl Patterson at Housing Design Matters writes in a column at BUILDER about how homebuilders should look at how to discreetly market to the 55-plus buyer that they can sleep separately from their partner with a snore and more room. It can be done by adding rooms off the master bedroom that look like a den during the day, but can be closed off and then can offer sanctuary to a snoring mate at night. Dual master suites may be another solution, which also has the added bonus of “no more arguing over closet space or the toilet seat being left up or down,” Patterson notes.

Snoring isn’t the only reason couples may like a flexible room to send their spouse to at night. Different sleeping habits, such as one spouse who gets up early and one who gets up late, may be another reason for separate rooms or a flexible space to adapt into one, when needed. Patterson has been urging builders to bring such design ideas to the NEXTadventure home at the 2017 International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

“Since we all change as we age, acknowledge and accept the changes by designing homes that respond to how the 55-plus buyer really lives,” Patterson writes in her column at BUILDER. “Don’t just offer solutions to problems—design homes with dignity to allow the 55-plus cohort to age gracefully.”

Source: “Who Needs Sleep? Everyone.” BUILDER (2016)