Universal Design – Accessible Design – Barrier Free Design – Aging in Place – Living in Place – Independent Living Design
The basis of the terminology above falls back to the idea of planning and design for now and for the future. Our homes are meant to serve us, regardless of how our lives grow and change. Style doesn’t have to be sacrificed in order to achieve functional interiors that make living easier. That’s where I come in. My job is to seamlessly create highly stylized and highly functional interiors that incorporate universal design principals without looking institutional and dull. Many times the design elements will go completely unnoticed.
I’m a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) and I design interior environments that help people live with ease and dignity through all stages of life. Here are some examples of universal design planning:
- The bathroom can be a major barrier for independent living and a source of many accidents. Designing spaces to be barrier free is a critical component of caring for oneself. Some of the elements of design for bathroom safety are; zero-entry showers, non-slip surfaces, built-in shower seats, hand-held showers, occupancy sensors for general lighting, and red night lights.
- Simple tasks like gripping and grasping can be made easier by using lever handles instead of door knobs, large toggle switches instead of rocker switches, and tap faucets instead of two handle faucets.
- Layered lighting is a must in any circumstance, but as we age our eyes become less responsive to changes in lighting. This lead us to the need for well-lit interiors that can function for multiple levels of tasks. Use natural light as much as possible and non-glare surfaces.
- Another major obstacle of independent living is the design of the kitchen. Are there multiple heights for counters and areas for wheelchairs to roll under? Are the cabinets easily reached and do they have full extension glides that allow the items in the back to be easily brought toward the person vs. the person struggling to get to the items?
Home For A Lifetime Services
- Architectural drafting services or review of floor plans
- Collaborative consultations with architects and/or general contractor
- Consultation regarding renovating, building new, or relocating
- Kitchen and bath design and product specification
- Whole home evaluation and assessment
Who Is This Service For?
- Residential home owners (new construction or remodels)
- Collaborative trade professionals – architects, general contractors, builders
- 55+ community developers, independent senior living communities, assisted living apartments
- Healthcare and home health professionals needing referral help for their patients or care receivers
Need help moving into a senior living community?
When living at home is no longer an option, you may need help moving into an assisted living apartment or personalizing your room in long-term care. This can be an emotional and physically tasking process for you and your family. Hiring a professional like me might help smooth this transition a bit. I can help you select the most meaningful items, arrange furniture, hang artwork and decorate your space to feel as familiar as possible. Half day and full day move-in design rates are available.
Accessible, comfortable and safe homes for everyone, regardless of their age or needs.
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