When you think of your dream home, you probably picture fancy amenities and custom designs. But, do you ever think of how long you’ll live there? When conjuring up ideas for your dream home, think about the qualities that won’t just make it a great place to live for now, but for many years to come.
Will your home gracefully age with you?
As Americans are living longer than ever, many may find it difficult to stay in their homes. With steep stairs, slippery showers, and just too much extra space, these spaces just aren’t flexible or accessible later in life. Aging in place takes careful consideration over design elements and amenities. The best solution is to build a home that will age with you from the get go.
Flexibility and Accessibility
Ideally, a home that allows you to age in place will accommodate a wide range of preferences and abilities. That means it’s easy to live in now and will be just as easy to live in during your retirement.
Here’s what that means:
- Ideally, there should be at least one bedroom and full bathroom on the main floor (located away from main living areas)
- Main-floor laundry room
- At least one no-step entryway
- No random steps in the house to trip over
- Plenty of lighting
- Wider doorways and walkways
- Open floor space for easy maneuvering
- Countertops that aren’t too high (or too low) with rounded edges
- Easy-to-reach storage space
- A walk-in shower with a seat
- Pocket doors wherever possible for privacy, flexibility, and extra space
- Add handrails to any stairs there may be in your home
One thing to always remember when designing your custom home is that the bigger the house and lawn, the more upkeep it requires. You may adore those lush green acres of land now, but are you prepared to maintain it in the future? That multi-level intricate home design is exciting now, but will it be comfortable for you in retirement? If you struggle with upkeep now, and are unable to hire a landscape or home maintenance company, it will only get worse with age. Design a home that you are comfortable in now and that you will be comfortable in no matter your age.
The best homes for aging in place are centrally located with amenities, community activities, and social opportunities nearby. If you can walk or take public transit wherever you need to go, even better! A walkable neighborhood is not only convenient, but also safe for pedestrians, with well-lit sidewalks and well-maintained concrete. Plus, a strong community with plenty of activities and social opportunities will make aging in place much more fun. Look for parks, libraries, museums, churches, community centers, and other resources nearby.
Here’s the thing: a tailored house from the get go will make life easier for you. If you do it right from the beginning, when you build your house, it won’t cost you much more than any other conventional home. Plus, you won’t have to worry about upgrades and renovations later on. Custom-made homes give you the ability to live how you want, when you want, without any limitations. It’s a privilege and a genius investment.
The experts at Sandy Spring Builders can work side-by-side with you to design your dream home. Not just the one with the fancy amenities and cool colors, but one that you’ll be able to live in for years and years to come. Contact the team today to discuss your dream design.