There is a home for every stage of your life. From your childhood home to your forever home, there are a lot of homes you might see in between them. Some homes are meant to be placeholders until you are ready to move to your forever home. Once you’re ready to move into your forever home, a place where you want to settle down, raise a family and grow old, there are things you need to consider.

Do you ever wonder what features your forever home should have? Here are some tips that you should take into consideration when thinking about how to design you forever home. This includes universal design elements, these elements will allow anyone at any age to enjoy the home. Along with accessibility, these homes should be able to fit several different lifestyles, habits and transitions as we progress through life.

Limit, Or Completely Eliminate, The Need To Climb Stairs Throughout The Home

Despite the architectural interest stairs can provide in a home, they should be limited or even completely eliminated in the design of your forever home. First, you should make the entrance to your home completely step-free. This will make entering and exiting the house more accessible for older folks, or those using wheelchairs or those who have limited mobility. It will also be a good thing once you start to get older. Take the stairs away from the family entrance, meaning the garage entrance, as well.

When it comes to steps inside the home, you can avoid them altogether by building a one-story home. If you like the look of a two-story home, consider making it “bottom-heavy.” This includes having all the essential rooms on the first floor, especially your master bedroom, and placing leisure rooms or kids’ bedrooms on the second floor.

Install Lever-type Handles Instead Of Knobs

Door knobs can be hard to open, especially for those who suffer from arthritis. Lever handles are easier to use, and they are stylish as well. Also, opt for cabinet and drawer handles that are large and easy to grasp vs ones that are small.

Drawers Over Doors

Choose drawers over doors for your lower cabinetry. You wouldn’t want to have to get on your hands and knees to look for something at the back of the cabinet; not now, and most likely not when you are older. Opt for drawers or pull-out shelves for lower cabinets.

Pick An Open Floor Plan

Most standard hallways are four feet, but you could expand them to be five and a half feet. This will accommodate wheelchairs or walkers later in life. Make sure there is plenty of clearance in kitchens and doorways as well.

Follow these tips when designing you forever home. If you have any other questions or concerns about designing or building your forever home, contact HiLife Builders today.