People of dignity deserve to live in places of dignity. And although none of us likes to admit it, we’re aging on a daily basis. When it’s time to select elements to include in a custom home design, why not take a look at designs with the future in mind? Often, generations live together so mom or dad can age gracefully and in proximity to their family. Whether you are planning your custom home for yourself or for yourself and your aging parents, using forethought to create the style you love with the function you or your loved ones may need someday can pay off.
Age in place with universal design features that don’t skimp on style
Accessibility features (also called universal design) can be integrated in stylish ways in today’s home designs. Universal design features can be enjoyed by everyone! Universal means a home’s features can accommodate everyone and provide thoughtful foresight to the future.
Our needs change as we age, so why not think ahead and provide smooth transitions to offer the greatest opportunity to live independently at home for decades to come? Why risk the possibility of future remodeling needs or relocating due to physical needs? Why not provide the optimal home environment for you and your loved ones to enjoy for the duration?
Home Designs for Seniors
Designing home spaces that are easily accessible for anyone with mobility issues can still brim over with style. Planning ahead while designing your custom home can include thoughtful design features that provide security to seniors and help prevent falls. Here are some basic universal design features to consider while planning your custom home:
- Single story living—A barrier-free bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living space, and laundry area on the ground floor of your home can provide the option for single story living whether you live in a one or two story home.
- No entry steps to your home—Create a smooth entryway to your home so everyone can easily enter it without the need to negotiate steps.
- Flush thresholds—Prevent others from tripping through your home’s doorways by designing thresholds that are flush with the floor. It will also make it easier for a wheelchair to get through the doorway if the threshold is flush.
- Wide doorways—32-36” wide doorways throughout your home create the ideal space in which someone in a wheelchair can move from room to room independently.
- Wide hallways—36-42” wide hallways easily accommodate everyone and all mobility methods, giving each person who enters your home the dignity of independence. No one likes to feel restricted at home, and wide hallways offer freedom of mobility.
- Ample uncluttered floor space—Keep your custom home uncluttered with ample floor space in each room so anyone in a wheelchair or walker can maneuver themselves easily, including turning around.
- Bathroom safety features
- Floors—Provide non-slip floor surfaces when you design your bathrooms. People of all ages don’t want to risk falling on a slippery floor after showering, so plan ahead for everyone’s safety.
- Showers—Design showers with an attractive shower seat or a fold-down bench. Design an easily accessible walk-in shower entry. Shower grab bars are a must to prevent unexpected falls.
- Commodes—Grab bars in bathrooms help people transition independently. Raised toilets offer a more accommodating feature for seniors.
- Ample lighting throughout—People with and without declining vision benefit from ample lighting, so be generous with both natural light from your custom home’s new windows, ambient, and task lighting. Help prevent unexpected falls in the night by adding built-in night lights.
- Lever door handles—If someone’s grip strength declines, they’ll be thankful for easy to use lever door handles throughout your home. Lever door handles are easy on arthritic hands, and youngsters also appreciate their ease of use.
- Rocker light switches—Create ease of use for even the details in your new home with rocker light switches. These are a dream when your hands are loaded down with groceries too!
- Level outdoor living space—A generous level patio or deck space can allow everyone to enjoy refreshing moments outside. Seamlessly extend your indoor space to the beautiful outdoors with a functional outdoor living area. Include things like a built-in kitchen, fire pit, or seating areas with desirable views to create the perfect backdrop to gatherings.
- Kitchen accommodations
- Sinks—Allow open space under the kitchen sink so someone can do the dishes while sitting on a stool or in a wheelchair.
- Counters—Taller countertops prevent the need for stooping or bending over.
- Cabinets—Pull-out cabinet inserts simplify cabinet use.
It’s possible to design a custom home that you can age in for the duration. You can’t put a price tag on independence. There’s dignity in living in your own home as you age gracefully, so building a custom home to accommodate future needs provides continuity, comfort, and security.
Parker Built Homes is a custom home builder specializing in new home construction in Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma. We design homes for people who think outside the box, because typically one person’s dream doesn’t look like someone else’s. We love the challenge of helping people build a home that fits their needs, life and style.
We understand the challenge of building something that’s uniquely yours. Creating something that others have not inspires us.
- We don’t do cookie cutter—We have never built the same house twice and we never will. So, add the unique things you love to your custom home: mud room, breakfast nook, or a hidden room.
- We communicate consistently—We keep the lines of communication open throughout the building process.
- First—we consult with you about your goals.
- Next—we develop a detailed concept.
- Then—we design a set of plans, create a build strategy, and start building.
Schedule a consultation with the qualified staff at Parker Built Homes today.