Universal Design & Aging in Place
For Santa Cruz, Monterey & Santa Clara County
At Talmadge Construction, we are uniquely set up to address the question of accessibility and aging in place. Jeff Talmadge is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist through the National Association of Home Builders.
Our design team can work with you on your remodeling plans suggesting areas that can be prepared to accept grab bars, zero step entries and showers, stacking closets for future elevator installation, kitchen appliance placement for comfort and safety before the need for these items is apparent.
“Aging in place” means remaining in one’s home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home for a lifetime”, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
Adaptive Remodeling Solutions for Senior Living
Adaptive Remodeling is another term for creating an environment that addresses the mobility needs of older people, those recuperating from an accident or surgery, or individuals dealing with a chronic or progressive illness where their home’s current layout creates challenges.
Universal Design Solutions for People with Disabilities
Universal Design makes things safer, easier and more convenient for everyone. It involves designing products and spaces so that they can be used by the widest range of people possible. Universal Design evolved from Accessible Design, a design process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities. Universal Design goes further by recognizing that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities. Everyone, even the most able-bodied person, passes through childhood, periods of temporary illness, injury and old age. By designing for this human diversity, we can create things that will be easier for all people to use.
Industry trends are focusing on the fact that 76 million Baby Boomers are going to reach age 65 in the next 10 years. Manufacturers are designing bath and kitchen fixtures that are as beautiful as they are functional. Designers are looking at widening doorways and using solid flooring without thresholds, as part of standard practices.
Our goal is to embrace your independence and mobility by beautifully remodeling and turning your home into a fully functional and accessible sanctuary for a lifetime.
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Certified Age in Place Specialists:
National Association of Home Builders – Directory of Professionals with Home Building Designations
County of Santa Cruz Design and Remodel for Accessibility:
Accessible Home Design and Remodel Checklist
Homes for Life:
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Information on Age in Place and Universal Design