Open Floor Plan
Limit the number of hallways in
your home. An open floor plan with
great room, dining area and open
kitchen create not only a spacious
feeling, but enables easy access for all.
Hallways should be at least 42” wide or
Consider eliminating an island to
provide more room to move around.
Install more floor cabinets and fewer
upper cabinets. Manufacturers also
make easy to use pull down upper
cabinets. Use pull-out shelves in the
Vary counter heights to accommodate standing or sitting. Elevate
dishwashers 8” above the floor to
facilitate loading and unloading.
Use wide kitchen chairs with high
seats and strong wooden arms and a
kitchen table without corners.
Consider using smaller appliances, where appropriate, that are lightweight and easier to grip. Double
door refrigerators with easy to grip
handles work well.
A helpful tip for filling a pot with
water—install a water spigot with a
movable arm at the stove. Think of
how much easier it would be to fill a
pot of water in place. And, make sure
the controls are on the front of the
Design your bathroom adjacent
to the bedroom and include seating to make it easier to dress. Add
grab bars to make baths and showers more accessible and to reduce the
likelihood of falls.
Use slip-resistant bathroom surfaces. Install easy-maintenance vanity counters. Allow for easy access
Use higher comfort toilets. As
one ages, it’s more difficult to get up
from lower toilets.
Install a walk-in shower with
curbless entry and a hand-held
shower set. It’s also a good idea to include a bench or seat in the shower.
Avoid installing whirlpools or spas
if they are too difficult to get in and
out of. Use lever faucets as knobs are
hard to use. Locate shower and tub
controls close to the point of entry.
Increase ambient lighting. Larger
windows allow for more natural
lighting. Larger button light switch-es are easier to turn on and off. Use
lighter colors to brighten the home
and add sensors to automatically
turn on lights.
You may want to consider having two master suites. In addition to
being great for guests, it allows for
you to be a caregiver to aging family
members and allows for a caregiver
if you might need it someday.
Make sure your room is large
enough and include large walk-in
closets with wide doors.
Many Boomers are looking to
integrate outdoors with the indoors
for entertaining. Especially in warmer climates, opening the indoors to
the out allows you to enjoy outdoors