Design for Life: An Architect’s Rules for Vibrant Living

If you want to continue on your path of vibrant living by aging in place, here are some tips that can help you attain that goal.

I tell my clients who are choosing to live in place (often called aging in place) or build their retirement home: Let joy be your guide in preparing for the future.

The popular open floor plan will make life easier and possibly enable you to stay in your home for more years than you thought possible.

Create a “lifelong home.”

Choose designs and materials now that will also attractively and invisibly accommodate your future needs.

Thou shalt not sacrifice aesthetics for function.

For some, this means joining a new community in a residential center; for others, it’s remaining a part of their longtime community; and for others, it’s finding a community where their children live.

Embrace your community.

If you love nature, build that into your plans. Even if you are downsizing your accommodations, you can still live expansively because we all continue to grow and evolve every day of our lives.

Keep doing what gives you joy.

Done right, preparations for living in place will actually increase the value of your home.

Increase the value of what you have.

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