The Boss’s Daughter
Aging in Place in Your 30s
Aging in place is a big when remodeling your home. You hear people talk about making your home accessible when you enter your "Golden Years", and how if you plan on living in your home for many, many years then consider "aging in place" suggestions like ramps and lever door handles.
My view on the issue is different than other contractors in the sense that I am thirty-four years old and I would never want to live in a house that didn't have these fabulous upgrades! It has nothing to do with age, because I have seen first-hand how beneficial a home that is accessible is to anyone who lives there. Also there is no reason to sacrifice style for accessibility.
My dad was in his forties when he had to make some major changes to his two story home due to an unexpected illness. He went from taking two steps at a time to installing a ramp from the drive way to the back door. However that wasn't used right away because he converted the downstairs bedroom into a master suit with an extended counter top to make it so he wouldn't have to bend over as much since he had a lot of back pain, a huge shower and comfort height toilet. He also designed a kitchen to limit my mom from having to go upstairs to cook. This worked well for him in his situation, but it wouldn't be as easy for others to do on such little notice- so planning ahead is a much better way to go.
Ok-- so that was an example of needing an accessible home. In the span of just a few months my dad went from super healthy and hammering nails in the field to a stem cell transplant and almost complete isolation from everyone due to poor immune system. The upgrades for his home were very much needed not just for comfort but to actually get around. My experience is different. It is more comfort related.
I am fairly spoiled when it comes to my living situations throughout my life. Being the boss's daughter means I have got to experience:
- Comfort height toilets.
- Grab bars by the toilet and shower
- Shower benches
- Barrier free showers
- Under cabinet lighting
- Dishwasher drawer to eliminate bending over
- Microwave drawer
- Motion sensored lighting
Even my five year old has come to expect these features in her daily life so much so that when she went to the bathroom this last month she was so use to a grab bar right by the toilet that she broke the toilet paper holder (assumed it was a grab bar) and complained that grab bar was not installed properly.
We believe that you can make your home accessible and BEAUTIFUL! There is no reason it can't be both.