Top Aging-In-Place Design Features For Your Custom Home
What Are Our Design Clients Who Are Looking To Age-In-Place Gracefully Asking For?
- Ranch Design Plans
More and more of our design clients are interested in ranch floor plans. Why? They’re affordable; offer better indoor-outdoor flow; have no stairs to maneuver; and blend with the elements more easily than multi-level homes, offering a sense of laid-back living. Bonus: Because they’re so in demand right now, they offer great resale value for homeowners!
- Extra Wide Hallways & Doorways
Having wider doorways in your home plans means you won’t have to rip into walls later on, if you need more accessibility for wheelchairs or other mobility assistance.
- Slip-Resistant Flooring
Once you’ve done away with those pesky area rugs that are tripping hazards, look at slip-resistant flooring that now come with more options for coloring and textures.
- Walk-In Tubs Or Curbless Showers
Depending on the level of mobility now and your preferences down the road, a walk-in tub (which can be tricky to get in and out of - even with the benefits proposed) or a curbless shower (with no tricky threshold to get over) could be great additions to the master bathroom!
- Built-In Shower Seats & Handheld Shower Handles
These can be convenient for many age groups, but are very popular with clients in their 50s and 60s.
- Shallower Countertops With Empty Space Underneath
Not only shallower so that more can be reached, if a person is working from a seated position, but also empty space underneath the counter so that a person can get right to the edge of the counter if they’re working from a wheelchair.
- More Accessible Appliances
In the kitchen, lower cooktops and microwaves make cooking much easier.
- Easily Accessible Switches & Outlets
Our design clients are asking that switches and outlets be accessible when standing and from a wheelchair, if that occurs down the road.
- Lever-Style Door Handles & Faucets
This may seem like a small thing, but trying to grab onto a traditional doorknob or faucet handle when you have less hand function.
- More Lighting
From natural lighting to more lamps to task lighting makes it so much easier to see what you’re doing - especially in rooms like the kitchen where you’re working with sharp objects.
One other thing our design clients are considering… Having a home that works for care providers or their support systems, which sometimes including a guest suite or added “apartment” for those who may be staying in their home.
The past few weeks, we’ve been covering different design feature options for different types of families: families with fur-babies, families with small children, and families with teens. No matter what family situation you find yourself in, our design professionals can help customize a floor plan that will work for you!
At Homestead Homes, we have been helping people design and build their safe, dream homes since 1995. We provide you with a roadmap and let you make all the decisions. We are currently building in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, & Iowa. We would love to help you today, contact us for more information!