This is the final blog in our Home Designs Tips for Baby Boomers series. Previously we have given tips for the Exterior of the home, the functionality and livability of the design. In this blog we will look at how to design a home for longevity.
Designing a home for longevity simply means you are thinking ahead to prepare for what you might require in a home 20 years from now… For now a home designed like any other home may suit you just fine, but in the future you may have accessibility issues to deal with. Does that mean you have to have a bathroom full of grab bars and hand rails in your hallways. NO! But there are steps you can take to prepare your home.
1. Have your builder “prep” your bathrooms for grab bars. This may entail extra blocking for grab bars to be installed at a later date. Do not skip your guest bathrooms… chances are you will have visitors similar to your age periodically who may appreciate the availability of a grab bar.
2. Upgrade to lever handles throughout your home. These handles are a bit of an upgrade, but make entrance into rooms easier than knobs. And the practicality of this is disguised with “I like the elegant look better than the plain old knob…”
5. Take a look at your kitchen design. Focus on height. Anything you currently have to use a step stool to reach is a fall waiting to happen. Optimize base cabinets with drawer, pull out shelves and lazy susans. Add pantry cabinets or closets to give you more accessible storage areas.
These 5 simple tips can ensure that your home will support you and allow you to enjoy your home as you grow older.
Next up in our Home Design Tips Series, we will look at designs for Generation X.