At South Shore Millwork, we help interior designers and contractors all over New England bring new life to old homes with creative remodeling solutions and beautifully-executed woodwork. We have created custom doors, windows, paneling, moulding, shelving, cabinetry, and more for everything from libraries and bathrooms to kitchens and living rooms, always with the highest possible craftsmanship.
One remodeling trend that is definitely on the rise, with no signs of fading, is universal design and aging-in-place. According to this article from the New York Times, over 88 million Americans will be 65 years old or older by the year 2050, twice the current population for the same age range. However, an AARP poll shows that 9 out of 10 consumersin the 50+ age racket want to stay in their homes as long as possible.
Remodelers are getting more and more requests for aging-in-place design, because with the time and financial drain of renovation, it only makes sense to go ahead and lay the groundwork for future improvements. Many of these improvements don’t make a house look like a hospital, as some clients fear. For instance, adding wood blocking behind drywall will make it much easier to install grab bars if they are needed at a later date, but doesn’t change the look of the space. Other things that can be done during the course of a normal renovation include widening doorways (to accommodate the width of a wheelchair), upgrading lighting (something homeowners will probably enjoy now anyway), and even making sure materials on counter tops, tile, and flooring are different colors, which makes it easier for someone with limited vision to navigate a space.
What do you think of the aging-in-place trend? Have your clients requested universal design features in their residential building or remodeling projects?