Factors You Need To Consider When Updating Your Kitchen for Aging in Place
People purchase their forever homes to live in that home for the rest of their lives. However, when you are young, it can be hard to imagine the ways in which your home may need to change in order for it to work for you as you age. If you plan on aging in place in your home, you may need to have your kitchen remodeled to ensure it will fit your needs as you age. Here are a few of the factors that you need to consider when planning a remodel of your kitchen so you can age in place.
One of the factors that you need to consider when updating your kitchen for aging in place is the kitchen’s location. When you age, walking up and downstairs may be more challenging. As such, it is recommended that you ensure you have at least one bathroom, bedroom and kitchen on the ground floor. If your kitchen is not already on the ground floor, you may need to remodel your home to ensure it is in the optimal location.
Clearance and Ease of Moving Around
Another factor to consider if you are looking to update your kitchen to age in place is clearance and the ability to move around the kitchen easily. You want to ensure there is enough space for you to access cabinets and cook.
The Work Triangle
As you look to update your kitchen to age in place, consider your work triangle. Your work triangle includes your cooktop, sink, and refrigerator. You want to ensure that all of these items are located in relatively close proximity. This will allow for the most efficient use of the kitchen, helping to simplify meal preparation and eliminate wasted steps.
Finally, you need to carefully consider your cabinets and their position when you are looking to update your kitchen to age in place. Typically, wall cabinets should be mounted about three inches lower than normal to ensure you can easily reach your cabinets. We also recommend considering both cabinets and pantries with pull out shelving options. This can help make items that are stored near the back of the cabinet more accessible. You will want to ensure all of your cabinets and drawers have pulls, as this makes them easier to open. Avoid knobs, as gripping a knob can be harder when you are older with lower grip strength or arthritis in your hands. Finally, consider multi-level countertops, making it easy to prepare your food no matter what your future health circumstances may be.
Here at Quality Craftsmen, we are serving the East Cobb area, and we are experts when it comes to remodeling your home so that you can age in place in it. If you want your forever home to truly be your forever home, let us help you remodel it, so it works for you both today and into the future. Call us now to get started.