Did you know that, as of 2020, there are officially more Canadians over the age of 65 than there are under the age of 14? With our senior population rapidly on the rise, it comes as no surprise that age-friendly renovations are front of mind for homeowners from all walks of life. From first time homeowners looking to turn their current property into a long term investment to those looking to settle down and stay in place for as long as possible, accessibility minded design has become one of the most in-demand features on today’s market.
Peak Improvements is proud to partner with homeowners to help create a space that is safe, functional, and of course, full of personality for everyone to enjoy. With an experienced team that’s well equipped to handle any job, including senior-oriented renovations, you can count on us to help keep your home accessible and stylish for years to come. Read on to learn more about age in place renovations, including what you need to start considering today to be successful!
It’s Never Too Early to Plan Ahead
If you and your spouse are under the age of 40, it might seem far too early to be thinking ahead to accessibility and age in place minded design features. While it can be easy to fall into the trap of “later”, the simple fact is, if these kinds of changes are something you’d like to do in the future, it’s best to start planning well in advance. Why? Planning early on will not only give you plenty of time to figure out what specific changes your home will need but also gives you ample time to save for any and all renovations. Rather than facing the daunting task of making changes after they’re necessary, planning down the road affords peace of mind, financial security, and gives you time to adapt as needed. Think of it this way: if you’re willing to invest in yourself by saving for retirement, it’s just as valuable to save here and there to ensure you’ll be able to enjoy your home once you have all that free time on your hands!
Focus On Features
While accessible design is an incredibly broad category intended to cover multiple factors that contribute to keeping a home easily navigable for those with mobility concerns, there are common elements that many homeowners may not even realize could pose an issue in the future. Every property will have its own unique challenges, but standard changes to make for seniors and those with mobility needs include:
- Widening door frames to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers
- Stairlift installation on lower levels
- Lowering light switches and other control elements throughout the house or installing smart technology to assist via voice
- Installing better lighting to make every area easy to see and navigate
- And finally, for two of the most challenging areas of the home, bathroom and kitchen renovations often involve the installation of safety features such as railings, in-shower seats, lowered counters and more.
Build for the Future With Peak Improvements
At Peak Improvements, we understand and respect the desire to remain in the comfort of your own home for as long as possible. Our goal with any renovation is to elevate your current space and create a final result that brings your dream to life, allows you to be more comfortable at home, and leaves you feeling confident in the future. You can count on our dedicated team of experts to partner closely with you to create a custom design that is perfectly suited to your needs, both today and in the many years to come. Best of all, our guaranteed price, no surprise contract means you never have to worry about changes to your cost. How easy is that?!
Learn more about partnering with Peak to make your home future-ready by contacting our team today!