From smaller renovations to new construction, we provide a home improvement solution for people of all ages and abilities. Our team specializes in working on projects that involve smart design for modernizing a home to accommodate an aging population and those people with disabilities or chronic conditions. This is what we refer to as an “aging in place remodel.”
Our work integrates safety and functionality with comfort and beauty while following universal design principles. It draws on our years of direct experience observing people’s needs and how they change over time, plus we are Certified as Aging in Place Specialists by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Remodeling Contractors for Universal Design
When you hire a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) builder, you are buying a professional service in addition to the actual construction.
Aging in Place Design Considerations
We first consider a client’s individual physical condition and how that might change as they grow older before beginning modifications to your house. Although medical advances, modern medical equipment, and healthy lifestyles are keeping older adults active longer, not everyone ages the same. It may be difficult to climb stairs, grasp and turn a doorknob, or climb into a bathtub simply due to arthritis.
Falling is also a concern as we age and become less stable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified conditions that can contribute to falling. These include lower body weakness, home hazards such as throw rugs, use of antidepressants, or tranquilizers and vitamin deficiency.
Aging in Place Contractors
Aging in Place Construction 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 improvement contractor understands the concept of aging in place remodel 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. In addition, our remodeling contractors can accurately assess your current and future requirements based on the aging process.
Modifications Contractors for Aging in Place Construction
To live in place most often requires home modifications when:
- There is a desire to modernize a home for ease of use or aesthetics
- An in-law or older adult is planning on living in a home
- A traumatic event has created an immediate life change
- Mobility is becoming limited due to the aging process
- A chronic condition is worsening
In the case of age-related diseases, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. That’s our main principle.
Home Remodeling for Accessibility and Safety Assessment.
We begin with an in-home assessment checklist that results in a recommendation for short term modifications, and an estimate of average costs.
This aging in place design checklist takes several aspects into consideration. After all, our expertise is in knowing what modifications need to get done and how best to do it, not just in doing the work.
An in-home assessment identifies what is a good idea 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:
- Bathroom Remodel for handicap accessibility
- Converting a Bathtub to a Walk-in-Shower with no-step entry, adding shower seat
- Slip Resistant Flooring
- Slip Resistant Tub Solutions
- Installing Handrails and Grab Bars
- Lower Bathroom Countertop
- Accessible light switches and electrical outlets
- Countertops with Rounded Corners
- Doorway and Hallway Widening for Easy Access, wider doors and lowering thresholds
- Wheelchair Ramps
- Kitchen Renovation for Accessibility
- Home Modifications
Live in Place Designs is uniquely qualified to advise you about specialized design modifications that will improve the safety and convenience 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.
Universal Design: Design and Plan for an Aging in Place Remodel
Home Modifications that incorporate 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 project provides safety, comfort and wheelchair accessibility where this is a good idea.
Universal design can help people age in their homes, according to the AARP .
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 aging baby boomers, or people with disabilities, but are also appropriate for older in-laws living with families or even young children. An aging in place home design, for you or a family member, can improve everyone’s quality of life seamlessly .
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 an accessibility home remodeling project preparing your home for aging in place means the result must be institutional or ‘nursing home like’ and is only for seniors. Nothing could be further from the truth! Subtle design options can have a deep effect on how long you can comfortably reside in your own home, even with a disability, 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, or managing disabilities and chronic conditions.
Mobility Devices and Design
The primary focus of aging in place is mobility, in addition to staying safe inside your property. This might include:
- Installing smart home technology such as motion sensitive lighting
- Replacing door knobs with simpler lever handles that are easier to use for seniors with arthritis,
- Increasing countertop space to eliminate bending for individuals with rigid backs,
- 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 average cost of a bathroom remodeling project is about $15,000 but can be higher depending on if the space needs to be expanded to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, wider doorways are needed, lever handles are required on faucets or a walk in curbless shower is installed.
Main Floor Living
Generally, the objective of our aging in place home 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 or chair lift 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. That means for the ordinary person over 50 years old, and older boomers an aging in place remodeling project that incorporates principles of aging in place design you’ve got a home that’s simpler to live in. Period.