Aging-in-place home remodeling concepts have been around for some time, but today’s universal design principles are meant to help people in all stages of life. The idea is to create the “Forever House” that can be used by people of all ages. Today, designing a forever house is one of the most popular projects handled by the designers and builders at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg. Why not consider these few upgrades with your next home remodeling project?
Before diving into a major construction project like a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it’s important to consider the final users. A design professional can help you create a space that is both pleasing and practical for all intended users.
- Consider widening entryways and access points to accommodate mobility devices such as wheelchairs.
- Wheelchairs also need smooth, non-carpeted floors to move around freely. Choose a floor material that can accommodate this.
- Add grab bars and other assistive devices in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms to help elderly users.
Safety should be your #1 priority when designing a forever house, which protects children as much as it does seniors. Talk to your kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractors about safety features that can make your home suitable for users of any age.
- Large tiles are great from an aesthetic perspective but they are not advisable for people who are having problems with mobility. Smaller tiles in the bathroom provide more traction for easier use.
- Ask your remodeler about lowering certain features. This means drawers, outlets and even windows that are placed at a lower height to allow easier access for people with wheelchairs.
- Remove obstacles such as closet doors, which prove to be one of the most common challenges for people living with mobility issues.
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At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg, our professionals can help you transform a house into a forever home. Call us at (847) 973-5097 or fill out our contact form to get started. We serve homeowners in Schaumburg and all neighboring Chicago suburbs.