Aging in Place Homes
New Universal Design Homes in North Carolina
Designing a floor plan for "aging in place" can mean adding beautiful features that blend right in - while adding value and comfort to your new home.
Here’s what Stanton Homes’ award winning custom home builder Stan Williams has to say about the importance of design in universal, aging-in-place and accessible homes:
Aging in Place Question #1: What are the top requests you get from homebuyers who want to plan ahead for aging in place in their homes?
Most homebuyers who are thinking ahead want convenience that looks like it is an integral part of a design, without standing out as something for "old people."
They ask for things they will need “in the future” such as lever-knobs, grab bars, elevated wall ovens and dishwashers that are easier to reach into, as few steps as possible into the home, and the ability to go out on the porch without having to step down. All of these things can be accomplished without any abrupt changes to the home's flow, as long as they are designed by an expert to blend in.
Aging in Place Question #2: What are the biggest challenges for homeowners who want to continue aging in place?
Everything that is included for aging-in-place should be designed so that it looks like it “fits” into a home, without being forced.
It all needs to flow together with a well-thought-out theme of easy-usage that isn’t obvious.
Even though homebuyers looking for universal features aknowledge that certain elements will make their lives more comfortable, they don't want anything that gives the impression they're unable to accomplish daily tasks without aid.
If features look institutional or commercial, they can detract from the comfort of the home and limit resell capabilities.
Check with your homebuilder or decorator when choosing elements for aging in place, so that everything is in place before it's needed - and there isn't a need to remodel later. If it's already a part of the home decor, it won't seem like such a shift when these items are needed.
Aging in Place Question #3: Do you have advice/tips for homeowners regarding the latest design trends or products as they relate to aging in place?
Design your home for age in place with an eye toward colors and textures as well as specific products.
Choose flooring that is a different color than the walls, such as white walls with dark floors, so that people with poor eyesight can see where they are more easily.
Incorporate age in place aspects such as door handles that help create a beautiful décor as well as practical capabilities. The less obvious the age in place elements are, the more acceptable they will be to the people who need them, and the more they will appeal to everyone else who uses them, as well.
Don’t just design age in place for those who need it, but incorporate everyone who will use them, so that there is truly universal appeal in your universal design.
Universal Design new homes in North Carolina:
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