Universal Design and Aging in Place
The face of senior living has dramatically changed over the last 20 years and this trend is sure to continue. With a growing emphasis on aging-in-place, more people will consider modifying their existing home as an alternative to moving to senior living communities. Therefore, universal design, or enhancements that work for everyone, in any situation, will become more prevalent. And products and techniques that complement senior living will continue to improve. With a myriad of options like this one, planning for the future in your home remodel can be easy, practical and beautiful and something that will certainly be appreciated down the road.
Here are some common universal design modifications:
- First floor master bedroom suites: 1st floor master bedroom and bathroom additions
- “Rough-in” for a future elevator when building an addition onto the home
- Expanded width of hallways and doorways so wheelchairs can easily go through
- Tile underneath vanities so if the vanity eventually needs to be replaced to accommodate a wheelchair, the bathroom won’t require a complete renovation
- No-step shower for future wheelchair use
- Grab bars in the bathtub or shower
- Pull out drawers in the kitchen
- Task lighting to make everyday activities easier to accomplish
- Levered faucets and doors
- Remote controlled thermostats
- Motion sensor lighting
- Add at least one no-step entrance
- Obstacle free walkway to front doorway from vehicle parking and sidewalk
- Overhang above main entrance
- Slip resistant flooring inside and outside of the entrance
- Lever door handle on the front door or a key-less lock system
- Modified threshold height at main doorway
- Handrails on both sides of the steps
- Lighting for walkways
- Ramps built into landscaping or porches
- Vertical lifts built into porches
The Glickman Universal Design Process
A great remodeling project begins with the process itself. Having clear expectations and explicitly defined steps allows everyone involved to be on the same page. This ensures that there aren’t surprises or thoughts of wishing things had been done differently. No two remodeling projects are alike and that is why it is critical that a methodical series of steps is followed. At Glickman Design Build, we have a well-defined process that starts from the initial consultation through completion of construction. Our team of remodeling professionals will take the time up front to explain exactly what will happen when and make sure all of your questions are answered along the way.
Budgeting for your Universal Design Project
One of the biggest questions on a homeowners mind when considering a remodeling project is “How much is it going to cost”? The size of the space being renovated and the materials that are selected to incorporate into your remodel both play a major role in determining this. A good place to start is figuring out your budget ahead of time. This will help you and your designer focus on the right options for you. It’s important to set priorities in case choices need to be modified to stay within your budget. Your designer can be extremely helpful in presenting options that allow you to get the ultimate look and functionality you desire while staying within your budget.
Visit our portfolio to see the possibilities when it comes to enhancing the comfort and function of your home.