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17th March 2017
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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen helps citizens 'age in place'
According to a recent report by the National Association of Home Builders in the US, most baby boomers are choosing to 'age in place' at their current homes. And, in honour of Senior Independence Month this February, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen says there are several upgrades that can be made to make a home safe and enjoyable.
"Today's mature population is more independent than ever, so they're bucking the trend of downsizing," says Doug Dwyer, president and CSO of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. "We're finding that adults over 50 are looking for ways to refresh their existing residence as opposed to moving into age-restricted communities. Today's mature population is more independent than ever, so they're bucking the trend of downsizing."
Doug says the following remodels can perform double duty for seniors by upgrading both the look and accessibility of their living space:
* Create a walk-in pantry: Updating your current pantry into a walk-in variety will open the entire look of your kitchen. Additionally, it will maximise the amount of storage space, allowing you to keep a greater number of items within reach.
* Remove the tub: Old, ceramic tubs can present hurdles for older bodies trying to get in and out of them on a daily basis. Walk-in showers with glass doors look fresh and clean, and they can make your entire bathroom appear more spacious.
* Change the hardware: Replacing the knobs or drawer pulls on your cabinets can give them an entirely new look. Opt for ergonomic varieties that fit comfortably and naturally in your hands.
* Incorporate task lighting: With the help of pendant and recessed lights, dim work spaces can be transformed into the focal point of the room. Not only will this add another dimension to your space, but it will reduce eye strain as well.
* Scrap the wallpaper: Fresh paint and faux finishes are a must for the modern home, and they are the perfect replacement for wallpaper. Earth tones, including soft green palettes, are popular choices for both kitchens and bathrooms. For a bolder statement, try accenting with rich purple or golden hues.
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