Age in Place Design
Today, I am busting some age in place design Myths! If you have been putting off remodeling because you don’t want to think about how to remodel for your retirement years, you may be having at least one of these objections!
#1 – My Bathroom Will Look Institutional
Age in place design immediately sparks thoughts about grab bars and shower chairs. I know you’re thinking about shower chairs, extra tall toilets, and “old school” grab bars! These are not the norm anymore! You can create a functional and comfortable bathroom without sacrificing beauty and luxury.
There are tons of chic grab bars on the market! There are many bars that just look like decorative towel or cloth holders. They can also be incorporated into your shower walls in a way that makes them look non-existent. If you’re really not ready for grab bars you can block your walls to accommodate them when you are ready.
Everything can be personalized to your taste!
#2 – My Home Will Look Like an Old Person Lives There
I get it! You want your home to feel chic and timeless! You don’t want guests, friends, or family (especially your kids) coming to your house and thinking, “Wow! it looks like an old person lives here!”
If you’re afraid of this, shout out!
This age in place design concept is probably the easiest myth to bust because nothing makes your home look “old” than outdated furniture, finishes, and decor! Believe it or not, updating with the ‘latest and greatest’ may not be the answer. What is the answer? Creating a timeless look and filling your home with things you love!
So, how do create a timeless look that will always look chic? Make sure you check this video I made on the topic!
#3 – I’ll Need to Move!
You think you will need to leave a home that you love because it is a multi-story dwelling. Raise your hand if this is your concern? A lot of people believe that you cannot live in a 2-story home as you age. In some respects this is true, but it is possible, you just need to do a little assessment!
Does your home have everything you need to perform your activities of daily living (ADLs) on the first level?
What are ADLs?
- Do laundry
- Cook and eat
If you can do all of the above on the main level of your house, you will probably be ok in a 2 -story home. You might also be able to remodel to accommodate all of these ADLs on the first level. Keep in mind though, you will still need someone to go up the stairs to clean and maintain the rooms for guests.
There are so many things to consider when you prepare your home for retirement. Age in place design can seem overwhelming and at the end of the day you still want your home to look stylish. If your desire is create a chic, timelessly beautiful home that will support you throughout your retirement, then you will want to start by downloading your copy of “Designing a Retirement Ready Home” checklist! This list will help you make remodeling and design decisions effortlessly!
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