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By: Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS owner MJP Design

MaryJo PetersonIt wasn’t so long ago when my personal and business interest in design for aging in place would earn polite nods and a pat on the head from my friends and colleagues. Over time, I have studied the aging process, learned about design of kitchens and baths to enhance that experience, lived the aging process and benefited from those design concepts.

Now, as more than half of our country’s 75 million Baby Boomers have turned 50, including many great designers, we have all joined the aging-in-place design team.

TOP CLIENT REQUESTS

Rather than look at the basics, I’d like to comment on some of the top trends – those being requested by clients, not just those suggested by designers.

1. First off, although the link to the kitchen and bath is more global than specific, it seems worth mentioning that people are looking at ways to create a level entry and generally more open plans with more clear floor space for easier maneuvering. The newest international residential code allows for the change in level from garage to home to occur without a step, so in many cases this can be the level entry. In a current project, my office is working on a renovation that includes installation of a ramp from garage to kitchen to make transport of groceries easier, as requested by the client. It’s worth noting that while current access standards allow 1:12 for a slope on a ramp, there is a movement to decrease that slope, and if you wonder why, try propelling yourself up or down that pitch safely on wheels. Continue Reading

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