Intelligent building is more than serving your lifestyle needs right now: it is also anticipating how you will use the space in 10, 20, or 30 years. Many clients ask us to accommodate their changing health issues in a remodel project: “My mobility is getting difficult” or “my eyesight is getting worse” are common motivations. One retired couple even put it lightheartedly, “We want to go out of this house toes up!”
While these homeowners may not be familiar with the recently coined term “aging in place,” that’s exactly what they’re asking for. Aging in place (an aspect of universal design) is defined by the Center for Disease Control as the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. The good news? A design that promotes good ergonomics and comfort will cover most of the recommended features for aging in place.
With a few thoughtful details, your home remodel can be accessible, functional, and comfortable enough to enjoy well into your golden years. Head on over to our Houzz Ideabook for 15 tips on getting the most out of your next renovation project.