Aging-in-place home design makes sense - we need our environments to remain comfortable, functional, healthy, and safe when we get older. However, many older homes are not designed with this in mind. When it comes to older homes, the design can make it difficult to remain.
Thus, as you age, you will need to modify your home. For this reason, universal design practices are essential for allowing you to stay in your home. No matter if you live in the home you have owned for years or if you just bought it. Investing in a home customized for older residents will pay off.
As we grow older, simple tasks such as taking a shower or climbing the stairs can be difficult. However, you or a family member with a disability can remain independent and safe with the help of home modifications.
Equally important, consulting one of our aging-in-place specialists during the planning process will give you insight into the major barriers you might encounter, as well as insights into what is often overlooked within the house. These are a few ways a specialist can help you:
The entire house can be designed to facilitate aging in place. Below are some design ideas for the bath, bedroom, and garage. To reduce the risk of falling downstairs, choose a bathroom on the first floor. It is important to keep in mind that the first-floor bathroom must be ADA accessible, so it must have a room large enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair. Install grab bars specifically sized for your needs in the bathroom, in the shower, and in the toilet. Now, let's consider a few ideas for modifying your bedroom.
Your bedroom or a loved one's bedroom should be located on the main floor of your home. If a first-floor bedroom isn't possible. You may want to consider installing a home elevator or a stairlift if that's the case. Depending on your specific needs, different stairlift and elevator designs will provide more comfort and ease of use. An aging-in-place specialist can help you determine which options are right for you.
Let's look at some design ideas for your garage. The garage should be located on the same floor as your main living areas. For people with multi-level homes, installing a garage/elevator combo will make transportation of groceries easier.
A home automation system can be a worthwhile investment if you want to upgrade or expand your home. Also, smart technology brings many benefits to your daily life, as well as to your home. Moreover, you will not only save money on your energy bill but also ensure the safety of your home.
Adding a smart thermostat to your home is a great renovation feature. Similarly, smart thermostats let you manage the heating and cooling of your home more efficiently and save money on energy. Among other smart home technologies popular for aging-in-place remodels is a smart garage door opener. Lastly, you can use this technology to close a door while you are in bed or away from the house visiting family.
If you are considering installing home modifications and automation. Choosing Paradise Found Construction allows you the flexibility to get everything you want — and nothing you don’t. We work closely with you to understand your vision. Using 3D visual design our team will bring it to life. To be sure, we will help you create a home that is both beautiful and inviting. Contact us today for a consultation.