Ideas to bring function and beauty together in your aging in place renovation
People sometimes believe that function and aesthetics are opposing efforts and cannot be achieved at the same time in accessible design and aging in place renovations. When something is beautiful to look at, it’s functionality must be lacking. And if an object is functional, it must be ugly. This dynamic is always important in accessible design, and will be an ongoing theme in many of my upcoming blog posts. Here are some general ideas to bring function and aesthetic together in an aging in place renovation.
Most of my clients begin with function when describing their list of needs and wants. Functionality is undoubtedly the first criteria to consider when undertaking a home modification project. Successful aging in place depends on your ability to support a full and active life in your own home. You want to be able to take care of yourself, entertain your loved ones, and pursue your interests. Creating a welcoming, light-filled space is every bit as important as setting a grab bar at the right height. A carefully designed renovation maximizes both the function and the aesthetics of your home.
The aesthetic benefits of an accessible renovation can be more difficult to quantify than the functional benefits. Yet they are just as real, and possibly more important in the long run. New construction results in overall improvements to your home. As the interior space opens up during a renovation, it becomes lighter and brighter. Replacing or adding windows and widening doorways add more light to the interior. New doors and windows will be more energy efficient, and save you money. Changing out door knobs to lever handles benefits not only those who have trouble turning a knob, but also anyone who has an arm load of shopping bags. Updated finishes provide a fresh look and are easier to keep clean. Overall, many aging in place renovations will make your home a more welcoming environment and make your home more marketable in the future.
So, let’s think of it as function partnered with aesthetics that is the hallmark of a successful aging in place renovation.