Have You Thought About the Next 15 Years of Your Life?

Would you like to stay in your home as long as possible? Though we may not like to think about it, we all know that our bodies and our abilities will change as we age. “The aging process can be gradual for some, however others can move quickly from independent living to a cane to a walker,” says Joyce Polhamus, Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design for Aging Knowledge Community.

So, what can you do to continue living comfortably and safely in the home you love so much?

Planning to Stay

Upgrading may provide you with many additional years in your home, continuing to enjoy your close friendships with neighbors, having your family over for the holidays, volunteering at the school or a local organization, and frequenting your favorite restaurants and stores. Upgrading can also give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing improvements often add value to a home. If you have owned your home for some time, the equity might even be enough to pay for the new Master Bath Suite or Gourmet Kitchen of your dreams!

Be Prepared

The best time to plan for the modifications you may need is before you need them. Some changes are quite easy to make while others would be best achieved by teaming with a design professional. Here are a few examples:

  • Update cabinets to include roll-out shelves and easy to grasp hardware
  • Consider replacing the tub with a roll-in shower with seat and hand held shower head
  • Widen hallways to 42″ and doors to 36″ where possible
  • Replace outdated windows with higher efficiency glass type
  • If in a two-story home, consider adding a first floor Master Suite

You don’t know when your needs will change or how significant those changes might be. Although you may not need grab bars in the bathroom or a roll-in shower at this time, designing these and some other suggested features into your remodel now will help you to be prepared for the future if you find you do need them. It’s never too early to create your “forever home.”

Ageless Environments, Inc. can help you live in the home of your dreams by offering design consultation, architectural and interior design services, and home assessment. For more information, call (714) 852-3703 or visit www.agelessenvironments.com

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