Aging in Place & Universal Design

Consider Aging in Place When Building

Great presentation on Universal Design this morning by Todd Hawkins of Builderfish! Universal Design helps home owners to stay in their homes as they age or modify their current home to allow for aging in place. Since our house hold often ages from 2 to 89 and I hit the 50 year old mile stone this year, I found the topic of particular interest. As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, we’re moving into the stages of 55+ and active; progressive conditions; and crisis mode! It sure would be great to age in place and not have to move into a retirement facility!

When Karen and I built Camp Karen (our current home) eight years ago, we tried to use Universal Design before it was in vogue. Karen’s mother was going to be living with us so we designed the home with two owner’s suites, zoned heating and cooling, no step access, 3’0” doors, easy to use door knobs and faucets, pocket doors, accessible bathrooms, etc. Now we have people in our home from 2 to 89 so the design options make life easier for all! Heck it just makes getting groceries into the house easier! With a little planning before construction, a home can be more livable without adding greatly to the cost. Homes built using Universal Design will have an advantage in resale and as rentals.

More links for Universal Design info:  American Association for Retired PersonsVirginia Accessible Housing, Jefferson Area Board for the Aging, Grants for Veterans to Modify Existing Housing & another great Veterans Affairs site (I recently had a friend/client use this program and it allowed him to stay in his house! This program remains a great way for us to thank our Veterans for thier service.)

About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through www.petfinders.com.
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