Aging-in-Place Homes - The Asheville-style Action Plan
Background: Accessible, universal design allows function and aesthetics to coexist. Developed by a wheelchair-bound architect who thought that homes should be designed for everyone,regardless of physical ability or age, universal design may just be the next trend to watch develop. I note that AARP promotes universal design.
Aging-in-Place Interest- Designing and creating a home that allows function and aesthetics to coexist already is of interest to:
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)
Front Porch and Village Communities Developers, Builders and Residents
Intentional Communities Visionaries and Residents
Builders and Remodeling Professionals
Industry Professionals in the technologies market for baby boomers and older adults
REALTORS®- especially those dealing with issues of sustainability - NAR GREEN®,Senior Specialists®, EcoBrokers® Eco-Certified Real Estate Consultants
Aging-in-Place- Think About This: - Given that eighty (80) percent of older people today live in their own homes, remodeling could also be on the rise. And the desire to live in a home of choice actually may change the way homes are designed. In fact, NAHB research indicates that aging will be the second-biggest influence on home design in the next few years -
Aging-in-Place Planning: In planning for independence in the future older adults and “boomers” may be wise to consider taking certain steps. Indeed, designing and creating a home that allows function and aesthetics to coexist requires Planning. A Quick Start- First Step: An easy first step in planning:
Become familiar with the language and terminology of aging-in-place - where functionality and beauty come together in what I call- Aging-in-PALACE©.
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