Friday, January 16, 2015
While renovating or building a home you plan to age in it’s important to think long term. Consider mobility—are there multiple levels that would be difficult to maneuver, and are doorways and hallways wide enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair? Keeping an open flow and maintaining the same floor level helps minimize fall hazards and improves general accessibility. If it is a new build, how large do you want your home to be? While extra space may seem appealing, it also means more house to maintain and longer travel distances throughout your home. A well planned efficient floor plan can still be spacious, but maintainable. Planning ahead with universal design in mind can help you prepare for the future and save money in costly renovations down the road.