One of the biggest challenges faced by our aging population in the US is finding housing that will work long term as personal mobility and stability issues arise. While many want to Age in Place, their existing home is not suitable or adaptable for their changing needs.
And these needs aren’t just for homeowners—townhouses, condos, and apartments (though smaller in size) can be adapted as well. One popular option is the single level detached townhouse which usually feature wide hallways, 36” doors and grade level garage access (egress).
A bathroom is often the most challenging and expensive remodeling you can do in your home per square foot. The size and shape of the existing bathroom as well as the future needs of the homeowner determines whether space must be added to the bathroom from another area.
Key points for looking at a bathroom that would be easier to adapt:
- A square bathroom with more space to maneuver
- Adaptable space next to the bathroom, such as a walk-in or hall closet
- No narrow doors (pocket or otherwise) that separates the bathroom into smaller rooms