Aging-in-Place Design & Remodeling in Maryland, Northern Virginia & Washington, DC
Many people wish to stay at home throughout their maturing years, and with age-in-place design, staying at home as long as possible is an easy reality. Aging in place refers to living in your home safely, comfortably, and independently no matter your age or ability level. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the majority of homeowners want to age in place.
Staying in your home is not only a practical and cost-effective path for retirement, but it’s also comfortable and more enjoyable—and Wentworth can help with your universal design and remodeling project in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
If you’re ready to discuss your age-in-place remodeling project in MD, DC, or VA, contact our team!
Age-in-Place Design Requirements
The three keys to aging-in-place home design are safety, comfort, and customization.
Aesthetics are, of course, important in any remodel, but safety should come first in the case of aging-in-place design. What good is a fancy shower door if you cannot get into and out of the shower easily and safely? Common features that are incorporated into homes for those who wish to stay in place include:
- Grab bars (in bathrooms, showers, kitchens, and bedrooms)
- Curbless shower stalls
- Shower stalls with integrated benches
- Placement of essential rooms—the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom—on the first level
Special care is taken to avoid the common features of everyday living that can be dangerous to folks who are aging in place—such as loose throw rugs and obstructed pathways.
Comfort is also important but is sometimes more synonymous with luxury than safety. As long as appropriate safety measures are taken, there is nothing wrong with some comfort and indulgence! Many homeowners who are staying in their home wish to add features solely for comfort, such as:
- Heated floors
- Heated towel racks for the bathroom
- Soaking tubs with steps and grab bars
- And more
There are plenty of ways to improve livability in unobtrusive ways, and the Wentworth design-build team has created universal home designs that are both safe and luxurious.
Wentworth never creates two homes that are exactly alike—your home is all about you, and aging in place is the same way. Your home is personal and how you live in it should be too, especially if it’s for the next 10, 20, or more years! Give it some personal touches. We’ve had clients request hobby rooms, a TV room with exhaust fans for cigar smoking, glassed-in porch sides at the front door for extra protection from inclement weather, and more.
Disability & Universal Design Features
Universal design is about making a home comfortable, livable, and accessible to everyone, including those who are aging in place and may have special needs or physical limitations. Our Chevy Chase design-build team can customize your living space to suit your unique requirements. With the right design features in place, your home will function equally as well for able-bodied visitors as it will for those who use mobility devices such as a walker or wheelchair; we create our designs to fulfill both your current and future needs. Options include:
Narrow doorways, hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms can make it difficult for those in a wheelchair to maneuver through or turn around without assistance. By increasing the width of these areas, those who are aging in place have the freedom to access all areas of their home, regardless of physical limitations or disabilities.
Lower Level Remodeling & Design
Stairs present a unique challenge to those with sleeping quarters on the upper level of their home. Our design experts can reconfigure your main floor layout to include a master suite complete with a bedroom and accessible bathroom.
No handicap bathroom is complete without the installation of bathroom grab bars and rails around the toilet and inside the bathtub or shower. Handheld, flexible shower heads, shower seating, and curbless entry allow greater independence for bathing or showering.
It is imperative that at least one entry point into the home is designed with a wheelchair ramp and low threshold for easy access, safety, and security.
Reduced Height for Cabinetry
Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry may need to be at two different heights to accommodate wheelchair access while sliding doors reduce the need for additional clearance. Recessed or open areas beneath the countertops provide a space for a chair or wheelchair to rest during food preparation, cooking, dishwashing, or grooming.
Lowering of Switchplates
Switchplates and electrical outlets may need to be lowered, and consideration given to the directionality and location of lighting. Thermostat access, door peepholes, and circuit breaker panels may also need to be lowered at this time.
Open Floor Plan
You should consider an open floor plan design, which can increase sight lines while providing ample room for access and maneuverability of all mobility devices.
Maryland Age-in-Place Designers
Wentworth’s design-build team can help you customize your home and ensure it’s as safe and comfortable as possible so you can age in place in the most dignified and graceful way possible. If you need aging-in-place design and remodeling services in Maryland, DC, or Northern Virginia, we are the company to call.
Browse our photo gallery to see past remodels we’ve done in the area—and contact us if you’re ready to begin your new aging-in-place design in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia!