Designing A Home To Retire In: Tips For You

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When you decide to build yourself a new home for the eventuality of your retirement, there are many factors that you will want to consider. While it can be quite easy for you to come up with ideas for your dream house, designing a house that combines what you want and love in a home with what will be practical for you and your spouse as you begin to enjoy your retirement and age. Get to know a few tips when you are designing your custom dream home for your retirement so that you can be sure to incorporate the practical considerations of reaching retirement age into your design process.

Consider A Ranch Style House

When it comes to home design, the ranch style is the most retirement friendly home design you can come up with. Ranch style custom homes are designed to have all of the important elements on one level.

A single level home means few to no stairs, which helps as a person ages to eliminate fall risks and maintain full access to all of the important areas of your home. If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, you may also need a basement. However, you can design your home so the basement is more of a storm cellar than an area that contains important appliances or other functional spaces. That way, if you do develop mobility issues, you will only have to descend or climb the stairs in inclement weather situations.

Keep Hallways And Entryways Spacious

Again, once you reach retirement age and go beyond it, you may find that your mobility and ease of movement suffers. Agility to dodge objects and obstacles may be difficult and activities that were once simple may be challenging.

Additionally, you may suffer an injury to your knees, hips, or elsewhere on your legs that could require surgery and recovery. Together, all of this means that you may need walkers, canes, or wheelchairs at some point during your time in your new custom home. These devices require more space than a person walking unassisted, meaning your home would benefit from wider walkways and hallways than standard construction homes often offer.

You want to be able to have space for a person walking and a person in a wheelchair to move comfortably through the hallway. That way, if you or your spouse are ever wheelchair bound or needing mobility assistance, there is enough space for a person to provide aid and assistance as they maneuver through the house.

Now that you know a few of the factors you may want to consider when designing a home in which to retire, you can be sure that you keep all of the important factors in mind through the design and build process.


20 July 2016

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