May 23, 2018

Remodeling Trend: 'Forever Homes'

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Remodeling Trend: 'Forever Homes'

Home owners who want to stay put are looking into remodeling their homes with universal design features to turn their homes into “forever homes” that they won’t have to leave in the future as they age, says Steven Mark, senior design consultant with Marrokal Design & Remodeling. Home owners are making decisions and remodeling their homes to age-in-place long before they need the universal design features too, Mark says. Mark assists home owners in planning for future needs with accessibility in homes. 

He says the top trends in “forever homes” are wider entry ways, showers that are wheelchair accessible, and grab bars placed in bathroom showers. For home owners building new, Mark says having wider hallways from the beginning can be a smart choice. “It doesn’t cost any more money, but if there’s ever a wheelchair in the house, the [home owners] will be glad that there are just a couple more inches on every single doorway in the house.” 

Installing an elevator is also becoming a more common solution for multi-level homes, Mark says. 

"A lot of times what I'll do in my designs is prepare for a future elevator. I can take a closet downstairs and a closet upstairs and that will be the shaft for the elevator," says Mark.

Source: “Forever Homes: Home Owners Make Their Homes Retirement-Ready,” Realty Times (Nov. 16, 2012)

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