Better Living Through Design
“Aging in Place” has become a common phrase within home design, with more and more Canadians looking for ways to age in their own homes. This means living safely and independently at home for as long as possible. The earlier the planning process begins, the more confident and prepared you’ll be to respond to changes in mobility, sight and overall health.
When considering building a new home it’s important to anticipate potential needs you may have as you get older. For example, you may appreciate grab bars in your shower, a zero clearance shower threshold, or added lighting. If you plan to live in your new home for 10 or more years, it’s worth investing the extra time and money into incorporating design features that will help you live safely as you age. Adding age-related features may also add value to your home should you choose to sell.
According to Employment & Social Development Canada, of the 3.8 million Canadians with disabilities, 42.5% are 75 years of age or older. The increase in demand for aging in place means that there are new and exciting products on the market. A few of my favourites:
• Grab bars that look like decorative towel bars
• Concealed lighting that can be placed on timers
• Pre-made acrylic shower bases with built in seats
These advances are examples of how functional design no longer means you have to sacrifice style or beauty.
To incorporate added functionality into your home that will allow you to age in place, work with a qualified interior designer to ensure your space meets both your current and future needs. And make sure to choose home products that blend style, functionality, and durability to increase the longevity of your space.
Contact our team to review how we can design and build your custom new home, to work for you and your family – now and in the future!