Many Bay Area homeowners prefer to age in place. After all, our region offers so many recreational options for all ages. Why move! Aging in place refers to staying in their home into their senior years rather than relocating to a senior or assisted living community.
In fact, according to an AARP survey, 76 percent of adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes as long as possible. According to the survey, only 46% of homeowners plan to stay in their homes for the long term.
Your home represents security, familiarity, and family. But you are not alone if you are concerned about safety as you age. The downside is that the majority of Bay Area homes were not built with accessibility in mind.
However, it is possible for your home to be a safe haven in your later years without sacrificing luxury and style.
What You Need for Aging in Place
There are some simple add-ons that are standard for safety. These features don’t require a major remodel and can be easily installed in most homes. Shower grab bars, ramps, non-slip safety strips, staircase elevators, and smart home devices are simple ways to increase accessibility in a home.
Luxury Remodeling for Aging in Place
Unfortunately, simple safety additions such as grab bars are insufficient to transform a home into a safe and appealing place to age in place. Many older homeowners decide to embark on a full-scale remodeling project.
Achieving function and accessibility does not necessitate sacrificing aesthetics. With a complete luxury remodel, your home can be a safe and stylish place to spend your golden years.
Your bathroom can be a luxurious haven while still being secure. The majority of falls happen in the bathroom. The bathroom is usually the first room to be remodeled for accessibility. Curbless showers and walk-in tubs make it simple to get in and out of the shower or bathtub. Don’t miss important details, like a comfortable bench, and handheld showering units.
For countertops and sinks, think about the best height for your needs. Lower counters and sinks are ideal for wheelchair accessibility. However, countertops that are too low can be a strain to reach.
There are several simple measures for a maneuverable bathroom. Grab bars are installed in the bathroom to increase safety. Also, eliminate cloth bath rugs and mats. Rugs are a notorious tripping hazard. To ensure clear visibility, add bright lighting throughout the bathroom.
The kitchen is typically regarded as the center of the home, where families congregate and share meals. Enjoy a remodeled kitchen that allows you to create your meals easily and surrounded by beautiful fixtures.
Take a moment to observe how the kitchen is organized. There should be no obstacles in your way and plenty of room to move around the kitchen. If anyone needs a wheelchair or a walker in the future, tight spaces make it hard to function.
Consider solid-colored, high-contrast flooring. Busy patterns can be visually distracting and potentially create a fall hazard. Additionally, a well-lit kitchen with clear visibility will make the space simple to maneuver and lower the risk of falling.
Just like in the bathroom, consider counter height for easy accessibility. Lower counters, sinks, and appliances make cooking with a wheelchair possible. Check the cabinets to make sure that the knobs are easy to reach and the contents are accessible.
The majority of homes, especially older homes, have constrained hallways and narrow doorways. Wide doorways make it easier to move around the house, even if the owners are not using a wheelchair.
Entrances to the Home
There are typically multiple entries into a home. Each entry should be wide and flat, and equipped with ramps if necessary. Ramps must be at least 48 inches wide and have an inch-per-foot maximum rise.
Doors should have 32 inches of clearance and an easy-to-navigate threshold so that they are accessible from a wheelchair.
Many Bay Area homes have more than one story to enjoy the amazing views. If stairs may become an issue in the future, a stairlift is a simple, space-saving way to navigate stairs. However, the luxury solution is to include an elevator in your remodeling plan. This is becoming more common in residential construction today.
Any home renovation involves a lot of planning. Ageing in place requires special consideration when designing a safe environment. At Drafting Cafe Architects, our architects, designers, and project managers are educated on safety and accessibility. We can design a luxury home renovation that satisfies your needs for today and your future.