3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
4 WAYS TO PUT A PLAN IN PLACE
Home Interiors and Design Remodeling Downsizing Making a Home Post-50
You are aware that there are any number of good choices when it comes to designing a comfortable dwelling place. You want it to make sense for you and your family - today, and for years to come. Now ask yourself this: Are you ready, willing, and able to go for "sustainable excellence" by creating a functional and beautiful "Feathered-Nest"?
If so, read on!
CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY
Would it make sense to control your own destiny, have the things you need in daily life, while maintaining your independence and quality of life?
SO GOOD!! to stay in our
instead of needing to settle for costly and impersonal alternatives!!
YES! TRY THIS!
Talk about, plan, design, and create a beautiful and functional home designed for a today and tomorrow and keep it budget-friendly.
Do you have a friend or relative who might feel more comfortable visiting you if your home were more accessible? We do. So The Sage Companion Project focused our attention on figuring out cost-effective ways to plan, design, and create a beautiful and functional dwelling place designed for a lifetime.
Life-course transitions mean change and many decisions to make. For those who are 50 and older, planning to add universal design elements to feather a nest can not only be wise, but can make aging-in-place a masterfully-designed adventure. You can plan for and an AT LAST Home where accessible, universal design allows function and aesthetics to coexist.
Would I rather prepare my home for the long run and stay in my own home rather than opt for a less attractive alternative?
Yes! say more and more Post 50 adults who are leading the way to "aging-in-place" and loving the idea of living in a For "Ever" home.
QUESTION: is a lifelong home an attractive choice for you even if it means forward planning?
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to stay in your own home ?
Yes! say more and more Post-50-People who are ready, willing and able to lead the way to "aging-in-place" and loving the idea of living in a For "Ever" home as the years go by.
The Sage Companion Project, responding to your requests, has published (2014) a handy eBooklet, AGING IN PALACE - It is just 46 pages (8,600 words) -a quick start guide with practical, problem-solving ideas and talking points. You can use these talking points to start conversations with all stakeholders- regardless of age. And use the handy checklists to kick-start feather-nesting projects. IT'S ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE.
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" . . . you must make choices when designing your evolving environment. . . ."
START BY ASKING
the 3 questions below
1. WHAT can turn a house into a functional and BEAUTIFUL home that can work for ALL OF US
over many years? (see review)
a) _____ b)_____ c) _____ d) ______
2. HOW might that lifelong home "look and feel"- today and in later life? (see review)
3.WHEN would you/your family begin to create a home that can work for ALL those who live/visit there--regardless of age or
physical ability? (see review)
right away____ after 55 ___ after we save enough money___
aging-in-palace- (one step further than aging in place) onward!
YOU CAN BEGIN YOUR "FOREVER HOME" PLAN HERE
" This eBooklet contains helpful starting points for talking about and designing a functional and BEAUTIFUL lifelong home."
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putting yourself on a kind track to life-course transitions mean change-
Aging-in-Palace©, Aging-in-Place, Retirees, Baby Boomers, Silent Generation, Feathered Nests,Universal Design and more (see CDCHealthy Places) bring to mind planning for AT LAST Homes where accessible, universal design allows function and aesthetics to coexist.
Developed by a wheelchair-bound architect who thought that homes should be designed for everyone, regardless of physical ability or age, universal design has become more prevalent. Note- AARP promotes universal design. The concept flows throughout the living space as a whole.
Current predictions from the home-building industry- aging will be the second-biggest influence on home design in the next few years [source:NAHB]. " We no longer are in a 'youth market'- but in one driven by powerful older adult consumers who can and do influence the how and where they choose to live."
It seems unlikely that older adults and "boomers" will choose to move to “retirement homes”- our 55+ colleagues are just too "hip" .
The Forecast: Aging-in-Palace© where function and aesthetics coexist.
4 EASY WAYS TO BEGIN
1. Easy- Simply remove throw rugs
2. Open shades to bring natural light to interior spaces
3. Budget for and install grab bars in the bath
4. Start talking with family and friends and get actively involved in positive change that can work for EVERYBODY
Which of the 4 easy beginning steps will you put on your agenda?
1____ 2 ____ 3____ 4 ____ ALL! ____
WHAT'S IN A LIFELONG HOME
1)Garage or Carport- Covered carports and boarding spaces, wider than average carports to accommodate lifts on vans, door heights may need to be 9 feet to accommodate some raised roof vans. 5-foot minimum access aisle between accessible van and car in garage, an important one-ramp(s) to doorway(s) if needed
2)Ramps - Slope no greater than 1 inch rise for each 12 inches in length, 5-foot landing provided at entrance
3)Storage -Adjustable closet rods and shelves. lighting in closets. easy open doors that do not obstruct access
4) Electrical, Lighting, Safety and Security- Light switches by each entrance to halls and rooms, light switches, thermostats and other environmental controls placed in accessible locations no higher than 48 inches from floor.- Clear access space of 30 inches by 48 inches in front of switches and controls, rocker or touch light switches, high-tech security/intercom system that can be monitored, with the heating, air conditioning and lighting, from any TV in the house, pre-programmed thermostats.
5) Flooring - Smooth, non-glare, slip-resistant surfaces, interior and exterior
6) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning -(HVAC) Baby Boomers and Family members appreciate an HVAC system that is designed so that filters are easily accessible. We look for energy efficient HVAC units, and we still like windows that can be opened for cross ventilation, and plenty of fresh air!
7) Energy Efficient Home Features-
a) In-line framing with 2 by 6 studs spaced 24-inch on center
b) Air-barrier installation and sealing of duct work with mastic
c) Reduced-size air conditioning units with gas furnaces,
d)Mechanical fresh air ventilation, installation of air returns in all bedrooms and use of carbon monoxide detectors,
e) Energy efficient windows with Low-E glass
8) Reduced Maintenance/Convenience Features- a) Easy to clean surfaces b)Central vacuum c) Built-in pet feeding system d) Built-in recycling system, e) Video phones, f) Intercom system
9) Exterior - Low-maintenance exterior (vinyl, brick) Low-maintenance shrubs and plants Deck, patio or balcony surfaces are no more than ½ inch below interior floor level if made of wood
10) Other Ideas - A separate apartment for rental income or future caregiver.. . A Flex space or room that can used as a nursery or playroom when the children are young and as a home office later; if combined with a full bath, this room could also be used for “aging-in-place”….
RESOURCES: How aging-in-Palace, CULTURAL CREATIVES and "BOOMER CONSUMERS" who strongly impact MARKET TRENDS. The demand by the Post-50-People for age-friendly products -- interior and exterior design universal design elements that work for EVERYBODY- regardless of age or physical ability -- can change outmoded aging stereotypes.
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