I went to a Lunch and Learn recently and the topic was all about planning to stay in your current home. This is so relevant to design and remodeling. We remodel with the objective of creating a fresh new look, but at the same time it's important to be able to enjoy and grow in your new home for many years going forward.
This idea can be brought to life with any room in your home. More than 90% of us want to stay in our homes as we age. Keeping this in mind, there are so many aspects of designing a room that can apply.
* Good Design is Universal Design-
When this logic is applied, your room can not only be beautiful, but also functional. Almost as an unseen element, functionality creates a long lasting usefulness. This under counter oven from Sub Zero Wolf is a perfect example.
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* Remember the Lighting-
Keeping at least 20% of your budget for lighting is essential when planning to stay in your current home. Always make sure that under your toe kicks and cabinets are well lit. This will not only look nice, it will also be valued as we grow older.
* Accessibility is Important-
Roll out shelves, single lever faucets, front mount control on appliances and easy maintenance are some of the aspects of your home you should consider as your remodel your home. All of these can be appreciated when designing for today and beyond.