Future Proofing Your Home
When you move or think about refurbishing your home, you will probably consider major areas such as your brand new kitchen, or how you will arrange your furniture in your living room space.
What’s easier to overlook is how you will continue to live in your home further into the future.
The fact is, people are living much longer lives, and for most of us, we would like to do so as independently as we can, staying in your homes for as long as is possible. With care costs in the UK spiralling, it can be a good investment to try and future proof your home for your old age as best you can from the outset.
We know that it’s an idea that most of us don’t want to think about, but with a few tweaks to your home, you can ensure that you will be able to enjoy every single room of your house long into your retirement and beyond.
Kitchens To Last a Lifetime
For many of us, our kitchens are one of the most used rooms in the house, but as our bodies age, leaning down to get to that hard to reach pan at the back of your kitchen cupboard may become a little more difficult than it used to be.
Even for the young and sprightly, there are usually areas of the kitchen that are not designed to make access easy. However, if you are looking to refurbish your kitchen, it can be simple to add a few ideas that will make your life easier in both the here and now, and the future.
An expert carpenter can assist you to create bespoke kitchen installations that make accessing areas such as backs of cupboards, and higher shelves easier, and allow you to make the most of your kitchen storage too.
Getting in and out of a bath can become problematic as we get older, so creating a wet room in your home is not only stylish, but can help to ensure that you will be able to access it as you age too, and there is no need to skimp on style.
You can create a luxurious feeling wet room, with the most up to date fittings including the latest shower technology and great materials, which will last you a lifetime.
If you are thinking about rewiring your home, it’s worth considering the level at which you place things like plug sockets and light switches. Should you become less able to bend down, a higher level of fitting for sockets can make your life easier as you become a little less mobile.
It can be worthwhile considering enlarging door spaces if you are refurbishing you home. In the longer term, as you become less mobile a larger door frame can allow you to gain access should you require a walker or wheelchair.
Now is also the time to consider how your doors work – are they difficult to open and close, or ill fitting. While issues like this may just be an irritation now, as you age they become more problematic causing both issues with accessing areas of your home, and can be potentially dangerous should they be a route of escape in the instance of fire.