Demand is growing for home designs that incorporate Aging In Place ideas, also known as Universal Design. As the population ages and baby boomers begin retiring, being able to remain in their own homes as long as possible is at the forefront of retirees demands and with the right designs factored into their homes they can.
The primary concerns are safety and accessibility, so utilizing grab bars in the shower to protect against slips, and planning for wider hallways and doorways to enable a wheelchair to be used comfortably are key ingredients.
The idea of aging in place or universal design is especially important when building a log home that you envision as being a part of your legacy, a homestead to hand down to the next generation and not a temporary shelter en route to a retirement home.
Some useful ideas include:
Install showers without curbs so that there is nothing to trip over.
With careful thought and preparation, sensible design elements can be incorporated with little effort. The payoff will be when you are able to continue living comfortably and safely in your log home for a long time to come.
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