Living in Place

 

We believe “living in place”, means to remodel an existing home or build a new home that will work for any person at any age. Specific attention must be focused on the bathrooms and kitchens to maximize functionality and showcase aesthetic features. A home should reflect the style of the homeowner while incorporating principles of active living and aging.

Single level living and an open floor plan are both critical aspects of living in place. The home may have two or three stories, but all the necessary elements for living should be on one floor: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, laundry, and access to the outdoors. Visitability is a term used to describe whether or not a home could be visited by a person of any age or physical function. With the intention of designing for all people a home will be inviting to everyone both in functionality and aesthetically.

Walkability and connectivity are very important aspects of any community. They help people connect with their neighbors and are great ways to stay fit. We encourage utilizing infill lots to take advantage of nearby shops, parks, restaurants and to visit friends.  This type of community development has gained considerable traction as people are moving back to neighborhoods that are being revitalized and getting away from the suburban sprawl.

Layout for a new or existing home is crucial. The home should try to capture as much natural daylight for morning activities located toward the east and evening activities toward the west. Natural light enhances your physical well being and is a crucial element for designing a healthy home. Lighting design can be overlooked, but when done correctly can positively impact our visual performance, ambiance, and safety. The newest lighting is providing superior quality, color, uses less energy, and is decreasing in price.