Renovating Your Forever Home in Western Washington

Moving isn’t the only option if you want to remain in the Western Washington area as you get older. An adaptive living renovation can make your home safer and more comfortable if you’re planning to age in place.

Adaptive Living Means Life Doesn’t Have to Change A Lot When You Retire

Many people consider moving into apartments or single-level homes when they’re thinking about retirement. Unfortunately, older homes in Washington do not accommodate mobility issues and other aging challenges. Dickey’s can help you outfit your house with adaptive living features and technology that improve safety without sacrificing style.

We hope you never develop mobility, balance, or vision problems, but physical changes due to aging are impossible to avoid, even if you are healthy. Renovating your home now will help ensure you are ready for any changes the future might bring.

Adaptive living renovations focus on accessibility. We will make big and small changes to your home as part of your renovation, enabling you to continue to enjoy your house for years to come.

Make Your Home Safe With Universal Design

During the design process, we will discuss adaptive living features we can incorporate into your renovation. Luckily, we have multiple Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) who have in-depth knowledge of home accessibility and aging-in-place options. Our Project Development Representatives have all received their CAPS certification presented by our local Master Builders’ Association.

Kitchen Universal Design Ideas

  • Your adaptive living renovation may include: 
  • Slip-proof flooring
  • Wider entryways
  • Open space for maneuvering if you must use a wheelchair or walker
  • Sinks that offer enough room underneath for a wheelchair
  • Pull-down drawers in upper cabinets and pull-out drawers in lower cabinets
  • Multi-level lower cabinets that make it easier to work in the kitchen when seated
  • Motion-activated faucets
  • Motion or voice-activated soap dispensers
  • Anti-scald devices on faucets
  • Additional lighting
  • Drawer style dishwashers
  • Smart ovens that remember the settings for your favorite recipes and easier-to-use features

Aging-In-Place Bathroom Design

The bathroom is the prime place in the home for a slip-and-fall accident. Unfortunately, many people injured during falls are of retirement age. The CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of injuries to seniors, often leading to hospitalization.

We can help you avoid potentially devastating falls by swapping slippery floors for anti-slip flooring, eliminating changes in flooring elevations, and other safety options. Aging-in-place bathroom design may also include these features:

  • Products that look like design elements rather than unattractive accessibility products
  • Wider bathroom doors
  • Plenty of space for accessibility
  • Wall-mounted vanities that allow more room for accessibility now and in the future
  • Varying counter heights
  • Beautiful walk-in showers to prevent tripping
  • Contemporary shower seats
  • Motion-activated lights and faucets
  • Smartphone apps that control shower temperature and allow you to turn your shower on remotely
  • Walk-in bathtubs
  • Contemporary grab bars
  • Elevated toilets
  • Self-cleaning toilets with integral bidets
  • Additional task lighting

Universally Accessible Laundry Room

Would you be able to reach your bedroom if health conditions made it difficult to climb the stairs safely? Adding an ensuite master bedroom and bathroom to your first floor offers a simple way to ensure that you are prepared for the future.

We can help you design and create the ultimate first-floor retreat, whether you’d like to convert an existing room to a bedroom or build a bedroom/bathroom ensuite addition. Of course, you don’t have to move downstairs immediately. If you prefer to continue using your upstairs bedroom, you may want to use the new ensuite for family visits temporarily.

Universally Accessible Laundry Room

Now is the perfect time to move your laundry room to the main floor if it is in the basement. Your new laundry space can be added to your new first-floor bedroom suite if preferred. Consider adding these features to your new laundry room:
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Roll-under sink that can accommodate accessibility needs
  • Countertops of varying heights
  • Fold-down table for sorting clothes
  • Fold-down ironing board
  • Front-loading washer and dryer to reduce bending
  • Additional storage space with beautiful new cabinetry

Aging-In-Place All Over the House

Adaptive living renovations often involve widening hallways and doorways throughout the house and eliminating the stairs for at least one entrance into the home. We’ll also remove thresholds between rooms that can pose a tripping hazard.

As you get older, the tiny muscles that control the size of your pupils don’t work quite as well, which means you need more light to see well. During your renovation, we’ll install additional lights throughout your home and pay particular attention to illuminating hallways, bathrooms, and stairs. If one or more areas of your home always seem dark, we may recommend adding more windows or installing skylights or sun tunnels. Your renovation might include other vision-related features, like adding contrasting colors on stairs to make it easier to see the edge of every step.

Arthritis or decreased strength may make it challenging to turn doorknobs or open cabinet doors. We can solve that problem by installing easy-to-operate door levers and D-shaped handles on cabinets.

During your adaptive living renovation, we can add a smart home operating system that allows you to control your appliances, security system, thermostat, lights, and doorbell cameras from your phone.

If you’d like to discuss your next remodel project, please get in touch today!

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