As seasons change and years pass, what you require to feel comfortable in your home will inevitably shift. Though you have spent years in your current home, and have built countless memories between those walls, the existing layout and features of your house may not suit your best interests later on in life. For most seniors, this will leave them with two options, either retrofitting their longtime home to be better equipped for the aging process, or finding a new home that provides everything they desire for a comfortable retirement.
If you aren’t looking to relocate for your retirement, a skilled contractor, such as those employed by Dirt Connections, can offer you a number of affordable home remodeling services to keep you and your family comfortable where you are. Not every space in your home will need to be updated as you age, but some areas can be evaluated and altered to provide for the easiest transition into your autumn years.
Home Considerations for Retirement
When evaluating your current home for its utility during your later years in life, there are a few key areas that will need to be looked into to ensure the maximum comfort of your home. Below are the main considerations you and a skilled contractor will need to discuss in order to effectively remodel/renovate your home as you age.
Unfortunately, many individuals will lose some mobility as they age. This loss of mobility may make ascending and descending the stairs in your current home increasingly difficult over time. In a traditional, multi-floored home layout, the master suite and bathroom are usually located on the second floor at the rear of the home. This placement may prove less than ideal when climbing the stairs becomes more difficult.
Consider converting a room on the first floor of the home to your master suite and maintaining bedrooms on the upper levels of your home as guest rooms for friends and family. By remodeling a seldom used office or dining room into your new master bedroom, you can ensure easier access that will pay dividends down the road. Additionally, having an attractive and private master suite available for guests on the upper level of your home will be very appealing for family and friends looking to visit.
Hallways and Doorways
The hallways and doorways of your home will need to be assessed to ensure that they are sufficiently wide. Although it may be unpleasant to think about, a wheelchair, mobility scooter, walker, or cane may become necessary as we age to help us get around. Narrow hallways and doorways will not only become an everyday inconvenience if a mobility device becomes necessary. They may also present a severe safety hazard in your home. Work with a contractor to determine if your hallways or doorways will need to be widened, or if it is appropriate to change the layout of your home to ease movement should a mobility device become necessary.
Home bathroom remodeling can provide optimal comfort and accessibility as you age. Moving from a seated position to a standing position may become difficult as time takes its toll on joints and muscles. Look to add grab bars next to your toilet to make sitting and standing to use the facilities easier. Additionally, a big area of focus for many retirement aimed bathroom remodels will be the shower/bathtub features of your current bathrooms. If a wheelchair or mobility device does become necessary in your later years, a walk-in or wheel-in shower outfitted with grip bars and bench seating will be the best option to fit all types of physical situations. By adding a detachable shower head and non-slip flooring to your shower, you can assure that the relaxation of a warm shower will not fade away or become hazardous over time.
Driveway and Entryway Remodeling
Steep stairs, uneven paving, or worn front porches and patios can become increasingly dangerous as you age. Take the time to assess the entryways of your home, including the front stairs, driveway, garage, and porch. These areas should be outfitted with easy to traverse ramps with handrails that make entering and exiting your home as simple as possible. By utilizing home driveway remodeling services, your home can be made easily accessible whether you use a wheelchair, scooter, or walker to get around.
Contact Dirt Connections Today
If you live in the DC Metro area and are looking to retrofit, renovate, or remodel your home to better suite your needs during retirement, contact the skilled and experienced professionals at Dirt Connections today. We offer state-of-the-art consultation services with a free estimate that you can hold onto until you decide to get the work done. Reach out to us online or by phone for more information on our concrete paving and patio services, bathroom remodeling, layout changes to your home, or any of the other services we offer.