5 House Renovation Ideas For Your 60's
Posted on: 17 July 2018 by Suzanne Elly
Everything has an expiration date, right? Be it walls, paint, furniture or gadgets. There comes a day when you have to either replace it with a new item or upgrade it entirely. Similarly, as you grow old, your needs and desires change significantly.
Change is the only constant. We can either hide from it or accept it with open arms. You can do the former for a while, but eventually, you will have to be ready for the latter.
Everything has an expiration date, right? Be it walls, paint, furniture or gadgets. There comes a day when you have to either replace it with a new item or upgrade it entirely. Similarly, as you grow old, your needs and desires change significantly. This showcases the necessity to renovate your house to add comfort and convenience to your living experience.
Read on to learn about house renovation ideas to help you out after your retirement:
Hardwood floors might be your choice at one point in time, but it isn’t the right choice in your old age. The same is the case with tiles because the common grounds are that they both are shiny and slippery, and you cannot afford a slip, as it becomes deadly dangerous at that age. Adding non-skid mats to the floors will make sure that you don’t slip and fall. You might also have to get rid of trip points by reducing or increasing the height of certain floors. Get uneven floors, cracked floors and slippery floors removed or repaired right away!
The worst enemy of old people is stairs. Not only because they tire you out but also because the chances of tripping over them are quite high. You may be habitual of having no sides to your staircase because it adds aesthetic value to your interiors, but gone are those days, now you have to focus more on your health than the beauty of the house. This is to signify the need to have railings on both sides of the stairs to make sure you have something to hold on to while going up or coming down the stairs. You can also invest in stair-lifts which are small installations, where you can sit on a seat, and the mechanism will take you up the stairs with no efforts from your end. It is the best invention for old people and people who have hurt their legs to go up or down the stairs.
The eyes are the first to give out when the age increases. You may have supported them with glasses, but it is necessary to have a well-lighted place to avoid unnecessary situations. People are more prone to tripping over objects and hurting themselves if the area is not well-lit (obviously). This is not something that people give importance to during their teens because it was all about having the best interiors in the group, but this is not the same after the retirement. All you have to give preference to is convenience and well-being, i.e. enough lighting to shine up the place.
4. Automate Everything
Giving in to technology is a wise approach because its sole purpose is to add convenience to your life. Just like you use a remote to control your television, you can control anything with a remote. Invest in automation; from your garage door and security system to your lights and sound system. This will reduce the physical efforts that unnecessarily tire you out, and will help you have a comfortable experience at home.
It is a much broader perspective which sheds light on the overall design of the structure. You have to make sure that your house is designed in an elderly-friendly manner, i.e. avoid having a bedroom upstairs or a washing area in the basement. This is essential because it will reduce your need to use the stairs. This also includes the unnecessary bumps that you have on the floors when you step into the kitchen from the living room. You can also renovate the stair size to have more walking platform, as this will decrease the chances of a fall.
The renovation ideas mentioned above are elder-specific to make sure that you don’t stress out or feel the discomfort of any sort in your old age. The time after the retirement should be full of relaxing, comfortable memories, and that is only possible if your house is designed correctly.