By Lorette Modeste. Home Design. Published at Monday, March 26th, 2018 - 10:12:56 AM.
A Designer with the skill set to infuse new methods or ideas with a defined method is paramount in home design. That skill set is the difference between having a run-of-the-mill house or residing in a home with character. This is why I opened up this article by stating that it takes years of practice to design a home.
As we get older, our parents start to get older also. It’s hard to fathom, but eventually our parents will get to where every day around-the-house actions become difficult. Arthritis, limited mobility, declining eyesight and more can start to make life difficult. Many elderly people spend most of their time inside their homes. Therefore, those small around-the-house actions are what they do almost all day long. Nobody wants their parent’s golden years to be more difficult than what it has to be. However, designing a house for the elderly from the ground up is something that most of us cannot afford. Luckily, there are many ways of designing homes from the inside out to adapt an existing home for elderly the elderly residence.
Tips on Designing a house for the elderly. Door handles, one small part of designing a house for the elderly that may seem trivial, but can mean a lot for someone with arthritis, is changing the door handles. Turning a door handle for most of us takes little effort. But those who are suffering from arthritis have trouble moving their hands like that. Changing all of the door handles to lever style handles will relieve a lot of hand pain. This small step in designing a house for the elderly is easy and inexpensive. It makes aging in place that much easier.
Dining areas, when you think about it, consume a large amount of living space in a home. A strong argument can be made that precious square footage is gobbled up with too many places to eat. Do you honestly need a dining room, a breakfast room, a breakfast bar, and island seating? Maybe some of you do, but I would bet that some of you would not come to that conclusion if you put into context how you use these areas on a routine basis. To create an overall good house design, it may be a good idea the reconsider how these spaces are use and perhaps put that square footage to better use by creating a more prefect house plan design.
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