Remodeling Checklist for Aging In Place
Aging In Place
Let’s face it. We’re all going to get old. Our pets, cars, gadgets, and houses are going to become old and outdated. That’s just how life works, and there’s no point in fighting it.
Your Home isn’t Getting Any Younger
Luckily, like fine wine, some things improve with age; take your house for instance. With the passing of time, a well-built house can take on character, aesthetic appeal and patina that simply can’t be faked. Not only can your home hold great value physically, but it also is the holding place of many of your stories and memories — which, for most people, is very valuable.
With more and more people realizing this, most homeowners are staying home and “aging in place.” And with the increase of homeowners staying home, many are turning to remodeling in order to increase accessibility and appeal.
Although some remodels are based on changes in family life such as a parent or a child moving in, others are based on a pent-up demand for creating a dream home. Top priorities for most people today are long-lasting materials, sustainability, style and livable floor plans.
When it comes to remodeling, kitchens and bathrooms are the most popular rooms to remodel in order to achieve easy accessibility and comfort. Yet with more people staying put, homeowners want to welcome others with open family areas where everyone can spend time together, and family-friendly houses that allow every room to be used on a regular basis.
When staying at home, Aging In Place remodeling may seem inevitable. In order to keep your house in tip top shape, you will need to make upgrades here and there for optimum efficiency. Usually when one starts a remodeling project, it begins at the heart of the home; the kitchen. But we all know that once your kitchen remodel in finished, then remodeling will eventually make its way to other rooms of your home.
With age, our sight, hearing, and mobility will decrease in performance which can make it difficult to get around your home. For wheelchair users, hallways may be too narrow and counters too high. Thanks to NAHB; a remodeling checklist has been created in order for you to achieve optimum Aging In Place accessibility in your home.
All of our body functions may decrease in performance as we age, but that doesn’t mean our house should. Remodeling and renovating is the anti-aging treatment for your home. So while you’re still young and able to function properly, it’s time to get a move on and start remodeling!