Have you been bitten by the renovation bug? It seems that most people you meet have ideas about renovating a house at some stage.
Most of us would like to stay in our home for as long as possible. So putting some thought into the design before carrying out renovations makes a lot of sense. There is little point in installing a trendy spiral staircase to access all the bedrooms upstairs, if we see ourselves still living in the home when we are 90! Careful thought and planning now may extend the time we can stay in our own home.
Some of the things we can think about when renovating a home that may end up accommodating older
- Using low maintenance materials, particularly for exterior use;
- Designing doorways and windows that encourage cross flow ventilation;
- Incorporating simple to use control panels (touch pad) for the home security system and air
- Consider locating all primary living on the ground floor (master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen
and living areas). It may not be needed yet, but may be valuable as we age;
- Install, or make ready for later installation, hand rails in the bathroom;
- Easy to use tapware;
- Wider halls, doorways and access;
- Minimal steps to and from the house;
- Incorporating minimum care gardens.
Let’s be clear though. It’s not that we are advocating that our homes should look like an “old person’s home”.
However, some thought and intelligent design may extend the life of our home by making it more easily adaptable if and when the time comes when easier use and access is desirable.
And the by-product of adopting the “universal design” principal is, with an increasingly ageing population, our home might become more attractive to potential purchasers when the time to sell arrives.
PETER KELLY | CENTREPOINT ALLIANCE
PREPARE FOR LIFE | ISSUE 19 | 2015
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