Making Room for Parents
Over the past number of years we have worked with many families that needed to re-evaluate their parent's living accommodations for the future. So many considered condos, retirement homes etc. but in the end decided that their home was the best place for either mom, dad or both. But they needed more space.
Building an addition or renovating for parents is not for everyone but for many families it allows for continued independence and privacy with the convenience of loved ones right there. There are many reasons why families are choosing to live together: health, safety, time together, financial savings, no home concerns for travelling parents etc.
This family welcomed their mother into their home with an attached addition that provided a beautiful living space designed just the way she imagined. This allowed her to maintain her own independence and privacy while having the joy of children and grandchildren only steps away.
If this is something that you are considering keep long term health and accessibility in mind during the design stage. Make doors wheelchair accessible, allow room for walk-in showers or tubs, try to eliminate stairs, put the laundry on main-floor, and always make sure to check with your local municipality for regulations concerning multiple family dwellings or additions before you get too far. Planning for these things early on will eliminate the need for future renovations and ensure that mom or dad can live longer in the comforts of home.