4 Essential Remodeling Projects for Aging in Place

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Heather Jones
Heather Jones
I'm Heather, an author passionate about home improvements. My writing is your guide to making homes better. Let's explore easy ways to enhance your living spaces, from small fixes to exciting projects. Join me on a journey of making your house a cozy and stylish haven.

Advancements in medicine and technology have made it possible for people to live much longer. This means you’re more likely to spend your later years in the comfort of your own home and still enjoy a good quality of life.

But, living longer doesn’t mean you won’t need a little help, making the everyday tasks easier means you’ll have more time to do the things you enjoy and less chance of injury.

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That’s why you should undertake these 4 remodeling projects today:

 

1. Clad Your Home

 

Checking the exterior of your home for damage, repairing the walls, and even repainting, are all things you need to be doing every year. This helps to ensure your house stays in the best possible condition. But, as you age you’ll feel less inclined and possible less able to do this. 

That’s why you should have your house covered in vinyl cladding. The process is simple and maintenance is minimal. In fact, you should only need to pressure wash it once a year. Alongside this, cladding increases the insulation level in your home, effectively reducing your energy bills while helping to keep you warmer.

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2. The Bathroom

 

Washing is important but, as you age, slips can become a greater concern. This means you need to remodel your bathroom today. Consider installing a curb-less shower, non-slip flooring, and handrails to ensure you can hold on in the shower. 

It’s also a good idea to make your bathroom a wet room. Tiles and laminate panels can help you to achieve this which is both functional and looks great. The result is minimal cleaning and a safer bathroom for you.

 

3. Ground Floor Bedroom

 

If you have the space in your home it’s a good idea to consider converting a downstairs room into a bedroom, that will save you from having to worry about the stairs as you age. IF there isn’t enough space at the moment you can consider having an extension, although the cost and relevant planning permission will dictate whether this is possible. 

The alternative is to make sure your stairs are ready to support a stairlift in the future.

 

4. Support & Access

 

Finally, you need to consider access to your home and around your home. Steps outside your home can be tricky, a good rail is essential but converting it to a ramp is a better idea.

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You should also ensure there is a range of handrails around the house, these will help you move around f mobility or balance becomes tricky.

Alongside this, you need to consider where you currently store things, especially the everyday items. They should all be at waist level as this saves you bending and stretching. Other, less essential items, should be lower as stretching is most likely to give you issues and result in falls.

The aim is to not need the remodeling because your health has remained good. But, if you do start to find tasks more difficult, having undertaken the remodeling today will mean that you’re prepared and can age in your own home.

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