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DESIGNING FOR AGING IN PLACE

Our Experience with Aging in Place Design and More Ideas for Crafting Your Forever Home



As the saying goes, "home is where the heart is." But what happens when the physical demands of your beloved home start to challenge your ability to live comfortably? Aging in place has become a significant consideration for many homeowners as they seek to maintain independence and comfort as they grow older. After completing a recent aging in place project in Oregon City this February (with a 6 week turnaround nonetheless), we became very inspired by the ability to help those who are in need of designs focused on aging in place. We were able to help our wheelchair bound client and his family by widening doorframes, creating a curbless shower, installing grab bars, and adjusting built-ins and vanities for easy wheelchair access. We absolutely loved being able to complete this project successfully and on time for this lovely family!


At Build Forward, we believe that your home should adapt to your changing needs, allowing you to continue living in the place you love. In this blog post, we'll explore some thoughtful remodeling ideas tailored to promote safety, accessibility, and convenience for aging homeowners.


Seamless Accessibility



One of the key principles of aging in place design is ensuring seamless accessibility throughout the home. This starts with eliminating barriers such as steps or narrow doorways that can impede mobility. Consider widening doorways and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, and opt for lever-style door handles that are easier to grasp than traditional knobs. In bathrooms, installing curbless showers with built-in seating and grab bars can enhance safety without sacrificing style.


Kitchen Renovations for Ease of Use



The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, but it can also present challenges for aging homeowners. To make the kitchen more user-friendly, consider installing adjustable-height countertops and pull-out shelving to minimize bending and reaching. Choose easy-to-operate faucets with lever handles and invest in appliances with large, easy-to-read controls. Incorporating task lighting under cabinets can also improve visibility and reduce the risk of accidents.


Smart Home Technology


Embracing smart home technology can greatly enhance the safety and comfort of aging in place. From voice-activated lighting and thermostats to motion-sensor faucets and automated medication reminders, there are a wealth of options available to help homeowners maintain independence while staying connected to their surroundings. Integrating these technologies into your home remodel can provide peace of mind for both residents and their loved ones.


Outdoor Living Spaces



Don't forget about the importance of outdoor living spaces when planning for aging in place. Accessible pathways, well-lit entrances, and slip-resistant surfaces can make navigating outdoor areas safer and more enjoyable. Consider adding features such as raised garden beds or patio seating with built-in handrails to encourage outdoor activity while minimizing fall risks.



At Build Forward, we understand the importance of creating spaces that adapt to the changing needs of homeowners. By incorporating thoughtful design elements and innovative technologies, we can help you create a home that not only meets your current needs but also supports your desire to age in place gracefully. Contact us today or send us a message at info@webuildforward.com to learn more about our variety of remodeling services and how we can help you create your forever home.

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