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We have been involved in building several other homes in other parts of the country, and this was our best experience. And our new home is exactly what we wanted it to be -- no unpleasant surprises or hidden costs. We are particularly pleased with the handicap features built into our home and an attached, full-size, heated workshop!

- Carl and Ann Hanson

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Lifetime Easy Living

Lifetime Easy Living Bath

On our staff we have a graduate of the National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-In-Place specialists program. Aging in place is the ability to live in one’s own home wherever that might be, for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. Livability can be extended through the use of universal design principle and other assistive technologies. The majority of Americans over the age of 45 want to continue to live in a familiar environment throughout their maturing years. According to the AARP, older homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to age in place which means living in your home safely and independently. As aging-in-place specialists we have been trained in some of the unique needs of an older population and shown some possible solutions to many common barriers.

Lifetime Easy Living Path

Our goal is to take a holistic approach to designing a home so that family and friends will enjoy the home for years to come. For some this may be simply adding a few small features to make the home easier to navigate. For others this may involve working with physical and occupational therapists to utilize the best products available to solve their needs.

Universal designed homes are designed to be useable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation. Many people relate this to wheelchair or walker-bound accessibility issues, which is only a small part of Universal design. Another aspect is visitability, the classic example here is a person pushing a baby stroller into a home without having to navigate steps or other barriers.

Some of the features and consideration used in an aging-in-place home include:

  • Lifetime Easy Living Rollout Trays building and room entrances
  • Wider doorways
  • Door swings
  • Easier to use and better positioned door hardware
  • Less glare lighting
  • Multiple lighting sources including night-lights
  • More conveniently located rocker type switches
  • More conveniently located outlets
  • Easier to use and better located thermostats
  • Climate and air quality controls
  • Eliminating protruding knobs
  • Storage with pullout full extension type drawers or trays
  • Rounded counter tops
  • Counter colors to help differentiate heights
  • Continuous surfaces to eliminate grout cleaning
  • Style of tubs
  • Showers
  • Faucets
  • Bath lifts
  • Grab bars
  • Types of water closets, proper clearance

This is a small sampling of the types of consideration in an Aging-In-Place home. If an aging-in-place home is of interest to you we would be delighted to consult with you about what items you would like to incorporate into your personal design.