Every Day Living on One Level
As a builder, I have always emphasized to my customers who are enjoying the ‘empty nest’ years the importance of designing a home that encourages ‘one level living’. A comfortable home that promotes living safely and independently all on one level.
Designing for Accessibility and Flexibility
A good home design will result in a safe and secure environment that is accessible and flexible. Spaces within the home include room for social entertaining, active grandchildren, and ample storage. A level entry at the main entrance and minimal steps from the garage into the home. Master bedroom and laundry room on the main level. Consider a design that allows everyday living to take place all on one level, yet still has comfortable spaces for visiting grandchildren, overnight guests, and lively evenings watching the game.
As we age, our mobility needs change. It’s something we may not think about much in our forties and fifties, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan for the possibility when designing a home. 36” doorways as opposed to 30” will allow plenty of space for moving furniture and wheelchair access. Wider hallways, 43” or more, will feel wider and are less confining. A specific closet designed with a future elevator shaft in mind will allow for longer term mobility within the home.
A Safer Home
A well lit home is a safer home. Motion lights conveniently installed into stair steps will ensure lighting is always present in stairwells. Lights in closets and within cabinetry will enhance work spaces and walkways.
The list goes on. A well designed home will be attractive, accommodating, and adaptable to all stages of life. If you are thinking about a new home, consider a design that allows you to do all your every day living on one level.
After all, there is no place like home.