A strong increase in the demand for pensioners' bungalows has prompted house builders to think outside the rectangular box with one storey and design it better for modern life.
Expect the mix with super large chalet bungalows with space for a lift and so-called barn-galows & # 39; – houses with one and a half floors with bedrooms both upstairs and downstairs.
Pension owner McCarthy & Stone takes part in the action and builds bungalows with two or three bedroom bungalows in 22 of its developments.
Think big: extra large bungalows are impressive buyers such as Paul and Debbie Foorde
A nationwide survey by Sarah Beeny's broker, tepilo.com, showed that 51 percent of the bungalow owners are very happy & # 39; was with their low-rise houses – considerably more than any other homeowner.
Dr. Stephen Ladyman, former Health Minister responsible for social care and founder of the Oak Retirement developer, believes that bungalows offer a different choice for people looking for independence later in life.
"Many older people are wary of moving from a house to an apartment, so a bungalow gives them that extra sense of independence," he says.
Oak's £ 35million Friary Meadow scheme – due to open in Titchfield, Hampshire, in November – will consist of apartments, townhouses and six bungalows, with on-site care, a restaurant and communal facilities.
Living in a bungalow offers a low-maintenance, safe and environmentally-friendly living environment with optimum use of space for optimum comfort & # 39 ;, adds Dr. Ladyman.
However, he warns: & # 39; The disadvantage is that they can be expensive, so older people should stay open and look at apartments or well-adjusted houses. & # 39;
The 2-bedroom bungalows in Friary Meadow start at £ 485,000.
Retired couple Andy Campbell (65) and his wife Pam (63) recently moved to a chalet in Millwood Designer Homes at Brambledown in Maidstone, Kent, attracted by the unusual architecture and extra space.
"Our ultimate reason to move was to find a bungalow that suited our changing needs," says Andy.
We are both getting older and do not want any more stairs.
& # 39; The architecture of the house is interesting – it is not a typical new building.
& # 39; All houses are beautiful and there are only two other houses like ours about the development. & # 39;
The schedule has now been sold, but others are planned for a development in Yalding, Kent.
In Berkshire, Spitfire Bespoke Homes has built a mixed generation development, Jardin in Binfield, with six two-bedroom bungalows designed for over-60s, priced from £ 445,000.
Meanwhile, landlord Baker Estates plans to include bungalows in 80 percent of the Devon and Cornwall settlements.
We respond to a growing demand for bungalows & # 39 ;, says general manager Ian Baker.
& # 39; Many new home builders do not build them because they want to maximize the revenue from each development.
We want to build a range of housing types that meet the needs of all buyers. & # 39;
Paul Foorde, 54, and his wife Debbie, 52, bought a three-bedroom bungalow and £ 565,000 at Great Court Farm, a Baker Estates project of 74 new homes in Totnes, Devon.
& # 39; Our house has given us much more space than we expected & # 39 ;, says Debbie.
& # 39; We do not feel like we have lost volume because the bungalow is so smartly designed. & # 39;
Buren Fraser, 66 and Polly Nute, 68, bought a barn-galow & # 39; with four bedrooms, which they hope will retire.
It has two bedrooms upstairs and the master bedroom, as well as an en-suite bathroom downstairs to be future-proof – the later life as the staircase becomes a bigger challenge, "says Fraser.
Bungalows are available from £ 385,000.