Growing Older In Your Home
Jason Black of Artisan Signature Homes is one of Louisville, Kentucky’s best known luxury Louisville custom home builders. In this podcast, he discusses some considerations in designing a home for older buyers or people looking to purchase a “forever home” that will accommodate them well into their Golden Years.
With the average American life expectancy at nearly 79 years of age, it’s more important than ever that today’s custom homes meet the needs of older buyers or caregivers who worry about issues like wheelchair accessibility, stair climbing, space, and privacy.
Podcast host and real estate agent Greg Fleischaker wonders whether homes are more commonly retrofitted for older patrons or whether these sort of arrangements are discussed long in advance of moving in an elderly relative or aging.
“A good portion of our clients have extended family they intend to have them residing in the same house,” Black explains, “so we’ve got to find a way to make it comfortable for almost two families to live in the same household peacefully.” Ideally, people want to “live separate lives but be together if need be,” says Black. Artisan Signature Homes starts from scratch and designs for life changes from the outset.
Features may include:
• Wider hallways and wheelchair ramps
• Curb-less showers for wheelchairs
• Two first floor master bedroom suites
• Separate entry with separate garage
• Separate kitchen and family room spaces
• Executive offices that convert into in-law or nanny suites
Certain lot size restrictions apply in popular communities like Norton Commons, so it can be tough to get two first-floor master suites and still incorporate enough green space. Black says he’ll tackle this situation by designing homes with elevators to the second-floor master suite. Sometimes he also builds the elevator shaft in near the kitchen walk-in pantry, but can add the elevator itself at a later date, as needed.