Why You Should Consider Aging in Place Home Design

by | May 21, 2018 | Aging in Place, Home Design

Are you considering moving because your current home has gotten hard to maneuver? This is understandably a very difficult decision, you don’t want to leave the home you love but it doesn’t meet your current needs. Many people want to continue living where they are, but certain features in their homes just aren’t working for them anymore.

If you adore your home and want to stay, aging in place design and remodeling can be a great solution. Often called “universal design,” or “living in place” the process allows you to redesign some or all of your home, incorporating features that address your current and future living needs while also making your space more beautiful in the process. Many homeowners choose to add features like:

  • A new kitchen with a more functional layout
  • A luxurious, high-tech walk-in shower or tub
  • A more spacious floor plan in any room
  • Chair lifts or railings in multi-level homes
  • Home additions or accessory dwelling units
  • Much more

At L. Evans Design Group, aging in place design and remodeling is one of our specialties. We’ve seen more and more people in the Portland area choose to stay in their homes as they age and as their needs change for a multitude of reasons. Let’s go over a few of the most common ones.

Moving is Expensive

Many people consider downsizing to a smaller home as their needs and family change later in life. Unfortunately, this option is becoming less desirable for most homeowners as Portland’s real estate market gets increasingly expensive.

Plus, most people like the idea of living in place at home. As of 2016, people over 65 were much less likely to move (3%) than younger people (13%), according to the US Administration on Aging.

Depending on your situation, remodeling your home will likely be easier and may very well be cheaper than finding a new one that fits your needs.

Aging in Place Linked to Prolonged Overall Health

Believe it or not, aging in place has been linked to better mental and physical health outcomes compared to assisted living.

Because most assisted living facilities need to accommodate everyone, many residents end up getting extra services they don’t need. Staying in your own home not only reduces health care costs, it also allows you to continue to live more independently, which is good for your long-term health.

When you redesign your home with an aging in place specialist, like L. Evans Design Group, everything is personalized to fit your needs. This allows you to pick and choose the specific changes and additions that will benefit you. Plus, you can easily continue to make additional changes to your home over time as needed.

Design Options for All Tastes

Are you dreaming of a new kitchen with more counter space? Have you always wanted a spa-like soaking tub? One of the best things about owning a home is that you can change it however you want to make it yours.

Aging in place design isn’t just about convenience. We work with you to create a space that’s comfortable, functional, and beautiful. Design options have come a long way in recent years. Smart tech has made living easier, and there are hundreds of products available that are both functional and design-forward, including:

  • Impact-absorbent cork flooring
  • Floor level toe kick lighting to ensure safe navigation in the dark
  • Digital, voice-controlled thermostats
  • Light switches you can control with a remote, smartphone app, or voice command
  • Automatic door systems that don’t require handles

Whether your dream home involves a high-tech makeover or just a few simple design improvements, we can help you make it a reality.

L. Evans Design Group is a leader in aging in place home design

With more than 25 years of experience designing and remodeling homes in the Portland area, we love helping people continue to live comfortably, safely, and happily in their homes. We are also CAPS certified (Certified-Aging-in-Place Specialist) and CMKBD certified (Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer). Recently, we were featured in NKBA Magazine for our Aging in Place designs.

When you work with L. Evans Design Group, we will work closely with you to understand your needs and design vision. Together, we can make your home into a place that’s comfortable, beautiful, and a joy to live in.

If you’re interested in a consultation, or you just have questions about aging in place design, we can help. Get in touch.

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