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    Future Ready Home Design. A Guide to Ageing-In-Place Design.


    Future-Ready Home Design for the Ageing Population

    As our clients embark on crafting their "forever homes" in a time of increasing longevity, the importance of accommodating the inevitable effects of ageing may be something to consider.

    The concept of ageing in place — living comfortably, safely, and independently in one's home throughout the ageing process — is becoming a more common consideration. This guide explores the essential strategies for creating homes that truly stand the test of time.

    Fundamental Elements of Age-Friendly Design

    Designing for ageing-in-place focuses on three pillars: accessibility, safety, and adaptability. This involves creating homes that are easy to navigate, hazard-free, and can adapt to changing health and mobility needs. Key considerations include everything from door widths and floor plans to lighting and bathroom layouts.

    Accessible Floor Plans: The Bedrock of Age-Friendly Homes

    The cornerstone of an age-friendly home is an accessible floor plan. With many new homes in Sydney featuring multiple levels, smart design choices like potential elevator spaces or ground-floor primary bedrooms should be considered. Smart planning and use of space, such as stacking store rooms vertically, can better facilitate future modifications.

    Ensuring Safety and Mobility

    In an age-friendly home, safety and mobility are paramount. This means designing wider hallways and doorways to accommodate future or current mobility aids, using slip-resistant flooring, and ensuring smooth transitions between different floor types. Lever-style handles and rocker switches can aid those with limited hand dexterity.

    Designing Adaptable Kitchens and Bathrooms

    Kitchens and bathrooms should be versatile and future-ready. Features like wide aisles, accessible storage solutions in kitchens, and bathrooms equipped with walk-in showers, provisions for future support rails, and adaptable fixtures are essential. Also Including provisions for future emergency response systems and smart toilet installations can enhance future safety and convenience.

    Carly Beautyman, Senior Interior Designer and Team Leader at Hall & Hart says “We are starting to see a noticeable trend among our clients who are interested in age-in-place design elements, especially when clients are planning their “forever homes”. Primarily there is a focus on well-thought-out floor plans and a second master bedroom suite on the lower floor but this often leads to other design considerations. This design approach ensures that homeowners can have consistency in how they live in their home both now and in the future as they age.”


    The Role of Smart Home Technology

    Smart home technology significantly contributes to an age-friendly home environment. Automated lighting, voice control systems, and remote-operated window treatments offer safety and convenience. While budget constraints might limit immediate installation, pre-wiring for future tech enhancements can be a cost-effective strategy.

    Lighting and Visibility: Essentials of Home Design

    Proper lighting is vital in a home designed for ageing-in-place. Maximising natural light and supplementing it with varied artificial lighting can ease visibility and reduce eye strain. Strategic placement of task lighting and nightlights can help prevent falls and enhance navigation.

    Outdoor Engagement and Connectivity

    Accessible outdoor spaces are vital for an enriching living experience. Designing for low-maintenance gardens, safe walking paths, and comfortable outdoor seating encourages active and social lifestyles

    Embracing Universal Design

    Universal design principles ensure a home is usable to the greatest extent possible by all, irrespective of age, size, ability, or disability. Such an inclusive approach not only benefits ageing individuals but also adds long-term value to the property.

    The Value of Expert Advice and Personalisation

    Collaborating with architects and designers can provide tailored solutions to meet unique preferences and needs. Personalisation is critical, as individual requirements can vary significantly.

    Flexibility: A Key to Future-Proofing

    Design flexibility allows for adjustments as residents' needs evolve, ensuring the home remains comfortable and suitable over time.. Designing a home with ageing-in-place in mind is an investment in a future where comfort, safety, and independence are paramount in the golden years. By integrating these thoughtful considerations, we ensure you future-proof your new home and extend the time you are able to live in it.

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