The typical first time home buyer is generally in their 3o’s or 40’s, an age which – if they’ve enjoyed good fortune – they are in the prime of their health and have no mobility issues. Things like going up the stairs every night to go to bed or having to stretch to reach the food on the top shelf of the kitchen cupboard are really no big deal.
But none of us stay 30 forever. Age impacts our mobility, as does illness or accidents. The Natick homes that may have been absolutely perfect when we bought them may turn out to be homes we can’t safely live in when we’re older. This is a problem, as the vast majority of us – close to 90%, according to AARP – want to spend our senior years in our own homes.
Strategic home renovations can make it possible for Natick seniors to stay in their homes longer. First floor additions can be the answer for people who are having difficulty navigating the stairs. Eliminate the need to climb stairs on a regular by moving needed rooms to the main level of the house. Your Natick building contractor can design and build a first floor addition that includes a bedroom, accessible bathroom, and more. One very popular option is the first floor addition that includes a sun-room. These 4 season rooms are great for enjoying the outdoors without having to actually go outside – great when you live in a lovely part of the world like Massachusetts!
Another thing to talk to your Natick building contractor about is simple kitchen renovations that make preparing meals and clean up much easier. Lowering cabinets so you can reach them without climbing, improving the lighting, and swapping out drawer pulls and handles with universal design make your time in the kitchen safer. The best way to deal with injuries is to avoid getting injured in the first place! Talk to your Natick building contractor about transforming your home to serve you better in your senior years today!