With Alberta’s senior population on the rise, the topic of “aging in place” has become an increasingly important dialogue throughout the home renovation industry for both owners and contractors alike. “Age in place” renovations refer to alterations to the home that facilitate an easier environment for those with accessibility needs (both present or that may arise in the future) to navigate. For those that wish to ensure they are able to remain in their home as long as possible, taking a proactive approach can be extremely beneficial. Learn more about how to plan and design an age in place friendly home below!
When Should I Start Planning My Renovation?
One of the most popular questions the Peak Improvements team faces where age friendly renovations are concerned is “how early should I start planning?”. While the answer varies depending on your specific needs and accessibility concerns, it’s generally advisable to start thinking ahead as early as possible. Doing so will allow you to get an honest idea of the scale of work that needs to be done to make your home accessible later on, as well as a chance to save funds for future work.
What Kind Of Renovations Should I Consider?
The main goal of age in place and senior friendly remodels is to ensure that the layout and features of the home are designed to accommodate easy navigation and are comfortable day to day living. Each home will have specific needs in order to accomplish this, but common areas to be renovated include:
- Bathrooms: The addition of discreet stability bars, improved lighting and carefully selected tiling will help reduce the risk of slips and falls
- Hallways and staircases: widening your halls and stair ways makes navigation with walkers or other mobility aides simple.
- Kitchens: Adding extra space, lowering cabinets, and upgrading your lighting makes meal preparation safe and easy.
About Peak Improvements
With decades of combined experience in the industry, Peak Improvements is your first choice for home renovations throughout the Edmonton Capital Region. At Peak, we believe that creating your dream home should never be a hassle, and follow a proven six-stage process that ensures construction is pain-free and brings your vision to life. Our guaranteed price, no surprise contract means you never have to worry about sudden cost increases, and can trust in our quality of work.
To start planning for your future at home, contact Peak Improvements today!