House #2 – Another Beloved Family Home
About 50 years ago, the daughter and her husband designed and built a home in Forest Hills to be their lifetime home. When designing this home, they had the foresight to widen doorways and to make the master bathroom accessible by wheelchair – they intended to live there forever. However, over the years, their knees began to have something to say about climbing a minimum of 13 steps to get into the house, no matter which way you go.
Our initial discussion was about putting an elevator in, but the conversation about a home’s suitability for Aging in Place is much larger than “can I put an elevator in?” As we began to consider the other challenges this particular house and property posed, it became clear that modifying the house was not ultimately the most practical approach, nor was it the best option for their circumstances. So what then?
Where people choose to live is often heavily influenced by life experience. Our homeowners come from a family that has a long history of Aging in Place. They were the primary caregivers for their parents, who were the primary caregivers for theirs, and all managed to remain at home until the end or very close. Our homeowners share that sentiment - they like the freedom and privacy that a single family home affords. So, when they inherited the property in Green Hills, an opportunity presented itself…