For many middle-aged homeowners, aging in place means being able to remain in a familiar, comfortable residential environment throughout their older years. Aging in place renovations ensure your home is safe and functional for you despite any physical limitations that aging may bring. Before starting aging in place renovations in your current home, consider the following points carefully.
- How long do you plan to stay in your current home? If you intend to stay in your current home until you are no longer capable of living independently, then aging in place renovations make sense. If you plan to move to another home within a few years, however, it may be more economical to focus on renovations in your new home.
- What will you need for safe, efficient, and comfortable aging in place? There are some basic renovations that any aging in place plan should include. Entrances and foyers should be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs or mobility devices. Pathways through the home should be also wide enough to allow for easy movement by wheelchair or mobility-assisting device. Bathrooms should be designed to allow easy access to showers and baths, sinks, and closets. Kitchens should provide clear, easy access to cooking surfaces, refrigerators, appliances, cabinets, and countertops.
- What is your budget? Carefully assess your needs and determine the cost of desired renovations, then establish your budget. A mortgage or home equity loan may be a wise choice for funding the renovations. Consult with your building contractor and financial professional for assistance.
Residential clients in Boston and the surrounding New England communities can turn to Sage Builders LLC for expert home design, construction, and consulting services. Contact us today if you need a general contractor in Newton, MA, or for more information on aging in place renovations and how to make your home safe and comfortable for you in your mature years.
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