We offer full service construction with a design/build approach. From smaller renovations to new construction, we provide a solution for people of all ages and abilities. Aging in Place Remodeling with Universal Design to:
- Renovate your home, bathroom, or kitchen
- Build an addition or in-law suite
- Build a new Universal Design home
- Integrate smart-home technologies
- Create Alzheimer’s or dementia-supportive living spaces
Our work integrates safety and functionality with comfort and beauty. It draws on our years of direct experience observing people’s needs and how they change over time. Home Remodeling for Elderly and Disabled.
Remodeling Contractors / UNIVERSAL DESIGN
Live in place – with proper planning and aging in place home renovations.
When you hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) builder, you are buying a professional service in addition to the actual construction.
Remodel or New Construction.
Aging in Place Construction that incorporates universal design principles during original construction or later remodeling can make our living spaces:
- Functional for everyone, regardless of age or ability
- Adaptable for future use and convenience
- More comfortable, thus improving quality of life.
Not every home improvements contractor understands the concept of aging in place construction or knows how to work with homeowners to prepare the home for this transition. You will need to seek out a contractor who has experience with building and construction for accessibility and safety.
A full ADA compliant bathroom remodeling project starts with a design for the space and fixtures, taking into consideration aesthetics, wheelchair accessibility and comfort.
To maximize mobility a wall-mounted sink can replace a traditional bathroom sink and vanity, or a shower can apply the concept of universal design with a walk-in entry and stylish ADA shower grab bars. Your walk-in shower should work with your bathroom’s overall design and can further create a focal point using dramatic tile or glass accents.
Modifications Contractors / aging in place construction
To live in place most often requires home modifications when:
A traumatic event has created an immediate life change
Mobility is becoming limited due to the aging process
A chronic condition is worsening
Accessibility and Safety Assessment.
Before returning home from a hospital stay after a fall, or for people with chronic disabilities, it is a good idea to make some immediate home modifications that can make a home more safe and accessible. We begin with an in-home assessment that includes a recommendation for short term modifications, and an estimate of costs.
When you hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) builder, you are buying a professional service in addition to the actual construction. Our expertise is in knowing what modifications need to get done and how best to do it, not just in doing the work.
Live in Place Designs is uniquely qualified to advise you about home modifications that will improve the safety and accessibility you require when dealing with a chronic condition, or after a change in your mobility. An in-home assessment identifies what to modify in your home based on your current needs and use of your space, as well as gives consideration to how your needs might change in the near future based on any current medical or aging related issues. Examples of the most common home modifications people require are:
- Converting a Bathtub to a Walk in Shower
- Installing Hand Rails & Grab Bars
- Door and Hallway Widening
- Wheelchair Ramps
- Kitchen Remodel for Accessibility
Universal Design / Design/Plan for Aging in place
Home Modifications that incorporate universal design principles for “aging in place” enable homeowners to remain in their homes longer, maintaining independence and safety as their physical capabilities change. Our construction and design process enables a thorough needs assessment so that the final remodeling provides safety, comfort and wheelchair accessibility where required.
While Americans are living longer, health and mobility issues are inevitable. Most live in homes that were built in the 70’s and 80’s for a population in their 30’s and 40’s. As this group continues to age and is faced with the reality of requiring modernized housing, whether due to their own physical limitations or to elderly parents moving in with them, the market for new homes and renovations that accommodate those needs will continue to change.
Homes that incorporate principles of universal design are not only perfectly suited for the needs of an aging population, or people with disabilities, but are also appropriate for older in-laws living with families or even young children. An aging in place remodeling, for you or a family member, can improve everyone’s quality of life seamlessly with Universal Design.
Universal design: is human-centered design that seeks to create environments and products that offer safety and comfort for all people with no need for adaptation or functional changes.
Modern Design for Aesthetics and Usability
A lot of people believe a remodeling project preparing your home for aging in place means the result must be institutional or ‘hospital like’. Nothing could be further from the truth! Subtle design options can have a deep effect on how long you can comfortably reside on your own home, without compromising your comfort or surrounding functional beauty.
Live in Place Designs is among the select group of professionals nationally to earn the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. This National Association of Home Builders certification defines us as a major building professional with knowledge and techniques specific to home construction for individuals more than 50 years old.
The primary focus of aging in place is mobility, in addition to staying safe inside your property. This might include:
- replacing doorknobs with simpler lever-style handles that are easier to use for those with arthritis,
- increasing countertop space to eliminate bending for individuals with rigid backs,
- as well as the setup of non-slip floors in wet areas like the bathroom.
There are unique aspects to some projects depending on specific needs that can be included in the remodeling. Some projects can be achieved in as little time as a few days, while some might need more extensive changes which could take up to 6 months’ time. This largely depends upon the state of your current house and what adaptations may be crucial for you to continue to live there. The cost of an average bathroom remodeling project is about $15,000 but can be higher depending on if the space needs to expanded to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, wider doorways are needed, or a walk in curbless shower is installed.
Main Floor Living
Generally, the objective of our remodeling projects is “first floor” dwelling, and that means you’ve got whatever you need on the main floor of your dwelling. This includes a bedroom and bath (often in the kind of a master suite), kitchen and laundry. If this cannot be achieved in your house, there’s also the choice of an elevator to another floor.
We couple our expertise in aging in place home designs and contemporary products to your house to create rooms that look beautiful and are simple to use.
Step one is ensuring a full bathroom on the primary floor. But even if you have one, it does not necessarily mean it is designed properly or has the qualities you want or need.
What we help you prepare for with regard to safety is decreasing the probability of you slipping and falling. Falls such as this can make an emergency and long-term health problems. Having a bathroom that is designed for comfort and security is one of the main things in regards to aging in place.
The truth is most houses aren’t built using accessible or barrier-free design; both of which may make life at home easier for anyone, irrespective of age or skill. That means for the ordinary person over 50 years old, with a remodeling project that incorporate principles of Universal Design you’ve got a home that’s simpler to live in. Period. It doesn’t mean you have a handicap, are ill or anything else in this way. To the contrary, a home remodeled using Universal Design elements lets you appreciate your home more now and is prepared to support you in the event you need it later on.
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