Honest Abe Log Homes builds “Forever Homes” for our customers. Over the years, we have worked with homeowners who are building retirement log cabins or timber frame homes. Designing kitchens that can remain safe and functional for aging requires some thought as you design the floor plan.
There are several factors to consider when planning a kitchen that will be best for growing older.
- Accessibility: Make sure that everything is easily accessible, with no high shelves or deep cabinets that are difficult to reach. Consider installing pull-out shelves or lower cabinets to make it easier to access items.
- Lighting: Good lighting is important in any kitchen, but it becomes even more important as we age. Consider installing task lighting under cabinets, over the stove, or in other areas where it is needed.
- Safety: Consider safety features such as non-slip flooring, grab bars, and lever-style handles on cabinets and drawers.
- Ergonomics: Think about the layout of the kitchen and how it can be made more ergonomic. For example, placing frequently used items at waist level can help reduce strain on the back and shoulders.
- Adaptability: It can be helpful to design a kitchen that can be easily adapted as needs change. For example, adding outlets for appliances such as a standing mixer at counter height can make it easier to use for people who may have difficulty lifting heavy items.
- Style: Finally, don’t forget about style! A kitchen should be a place where you enjoy spending time, so make sure to choose materials, finishes, and colors that you love.
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