Did you know that according to a recent poll, nearly 80 percent of Americans hope to stay in their current home as long and comfortably as possible? Modifying a home so that it's more accessible doesn't have to be an expensive process. This hope can become reality with smart planning with a certified home remodeler that has training in universal design. 

This building trend is often referred to as, "Aging In Place." The approach is to provide a carefully planned universal design that will allow the homeowner, regardless of age or ability level, to live in their home more safely and independently. Chose a Remodeler who have taken coursework, have experience, and have passed a national exam can have the designation of Aging in Place Specialist, or Universal Design Certified Remodeler

Don't think, "I'm young, healthy and don't need to concern myself with this now." There are several reasons why it is wise to incorporate universal design elements when remodeling. It is easier and less expensive to apply aging in place features when remodeling, than trying to retrofit later. A universally designed home can become a sudden necessity as a result of a car accident, or perhaps a parent having a stroke and needing living assistance who doesn't want to live at a nursing home. You can avoid the added stress of getting it done weeks after you need it. Besides, it is a smart investment. Our population is aging, and they will be desired features that savvy homebuyers will be looking for in their next home.

Here are some examples of design features that support this strategy of having a home that's ready for changes in vision, mobility, and strength as we get older:

  • No-step entry into home and interior rooms.
  • Wide doorways and hallways.
  • Countertops at varying heights to accommodate different tasks while standing or sitting.
  • Floors and bathtubs with non-slip surfaces.
  • Electrical outlets that are accessible without bending down.
  • Windows that can be opened with little effort.
  • Easy to operate levers on doors and rocker light switches.
  • see Universal Design & Accessible Homes for more ideas.

In addition to functionality, these elements offer beauty and comfort that support a healthy living experience for people of all ages and abilities. A home that is safer and easier to live in provides both short and long-term benefits to your family. Now that's a smart choice!

 

We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10

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