5 Ways to Upgrade Your Home to Age-In-Place
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments anyone can make, and it’s only natural to want to live in your own abode for as long as you can.
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments anyone can make, and it’s only natural to want to live in your own abode for as long as you can. But everyone ages, and as we get older our surroundings—especially bathrooms—may no longer be safe for us.
For over 30 years, Remodel Works has specialized in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, allowing us to make our homes safer and more appealing for years to come.
Here’s a bathroom remodel in San Diego that was recently completed by Remodel Works. Take a look at the “before” photo: Not only was this bathroom’s design outdated, but are several hidden hazards. The steps leading into the shower and bath may pose a potential fall risk, there aren’t any grab bars around the tub, and the old-style tiles can be very slippery.
1. Start with the shower
Not only did the shower get a facelift with modern tiling, but the large steps were knocked out, making it easier to walk in and out of the shower. Several grab bars were secured into the walls, in addition to two pony walls and a bench seat for safety purposes.
2. Get understated fixtures
You can add grab bars in the bathroom without making it look like a hospital. Select a sleek style, like this one that’s fitted into the toilet paper holder. With its modern design, you would never realize that it’s a dual-purposed fixture.
3. Change the cabinets to drawers
It’s amazing what new cabinets can do for a room! Hickory wood slab doors, pull out drawers, and new handles are not only easier to open, but give the room a refined appearance.
4. Add a sit-down vanity
As we age, standing for long periods can become a chore. Not only are sit-down vanities the latest trend, but they allow you to rest while getting ready in the morning. Add a large, low hanging mirror and a seat, and you are set.
5. Floor it
Select a non-slip, floor tile in the pattern or color that best suits your style. That way you can enjoy your new bathroom without having to worry about accidentally slipping.