There are some homeowners who feel like they want to age in place. If you’re one of them, your next home will be your forever home. It’s a place that can still accommodate you after 25 to 30 years. Your home will witness a lot of changes in that long span of time. It will become a family home before it becomes an empty nest. In most cases, the children’s growing families come back to spend some time with the grandparents.
The forever home sounds beautiful, but it needs to support you and your changing needs. Here are nine design features that you can’t miss if you want to build your own:
If you want to age in place, then you need to think seriously of employing passive design solutions.
For new homes, it’s important to orient the house properly. Do this to maximise natural light and harness its power. Aside from brightening your space for free, natural light has numerous health benefits for you and your family. Allowing natural light to come in your space helps your body absorb Vitamin D, which strengthens your bones and shields you from colds and flu viruses.
Ensure that the spaces where you spend most of your time, such as the living room, home office, and kitchen receive the most amount of daylight. If you live in areas where you experience harsh summer seasons, you might want to use the spaces that receive light that’s not too intense.
You should also plan the position of the windows to allow natural ventilation and take note of thermal mass for heating. Remember, an energy-efficient home is sustainable and will always have lower power bills than the regular one.
Your stuff will accumulate once you stay in your home for a long period of time. To keep your home organised, you need a decent amount of built-in storage in the house. The extra storage comes in the furniture pieces you will use as part of your decor.
Of course, you have to organise the items you’re going to store. Keep the things you regularly use in the most accessible areas. Then, store the items you don’t always need in the higher shelves and cupboards. To ensure that you have enough space for the years to come, declutter annually. You can always sell your preloved items online or donate them to charity.
There’s no wonder why homeowners love monochromatic interiors—it's never going out of style. It outlasts interior design trends. For your forever home, you must employ timeless interior design trends. Always use high-quality and low maintenance finishes—you won’t need to change them regularly.
Modern designers consider simplicity as an element of timeless design. It’s best to keep large and key structures minimal. Unleash your unique decorative style in the smaller features or frills because you can easily change these items when your tastes change.
Our bodies change in time and some situations like pregnancy or disability require special needs. Not to mention, we can’t predict what will happen when we reach our elderly years. There are people who suffer from diseases which make it hard for them to do the activities they normally do alone. Some of them need the help of a wheelchair and a walker.
This is the reason why your forever home needs to be inclusive to all people in all concepts. It starts with having hallways and doors that can fit a person in wheelchairs. You should also future proof your bathroom using safety handrails non-slip floors.
Bedroom on the ground floor
It will be a blessing in the future if you put a sufficiently large master bedroom on the ground floor. Doing so will reduce the need to use the stairs in the future when mobility is already an issue.
A wide outdoor space
Alfresco space is a must-have feature in your forever home. It’s the best way to get your daily dose of nature. For a better outdoor living experience, plant trees and bushes in your garden in your courtyard. Maintain a good lawn where your children (and grandchildren) can play. You can also use your outdoor space for healthy activities such as active play, gardening, or meditation.
Open floor plan layouts
The living room, dining area, and kitchen are areas that we use for intimate gatherings and huge entertainment. If you combine all three in an open floor plan layout, it will make the space flexible for the family’s changing needs in the future.
Room to expand
Consider expanding your home upwards or outward if you want your home to cater your growing family in the future. H
If you believe that your home is large enough to accommodate your children and grandchildren, you should hire an interior designer to help you reconfigure your interiors. This way, you can create more rooms and living spaces for your extended family.
Now that you have created more rooms, turn each one into a flexible space which you can use for personal business or to accommodate your guests. You can create a guest bedroom with a small study. You can also design a second living room, a library, music room, crafts station, or home gym.