universal design

This house would be cool for a multigenerational family via Kaye Swain REALTORWowzer. WOWZER. WOWZER!!!!! The further I walked in this interesting and unique home, the more I fell in love! It seemed to go on and on and on and delightfully so. With 3,494 square feet, maybe it does! 🙂

On the first floor, there was a formal entry, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. On the lower level, I found a huge den and extra room that the current tenants are using for their exercise room. They're even leaving the main piece of workout equipment for the new buyers! And upstairs on the second floor? 3 more large bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms! 

On top of all that, the front yard of this sweet 1/2 acre gem is easy maintenance and the back yard is full of grass, flowering plants, a garden area, a hot tub, and a built-in barbecue. Plus there's a ton of extra storage. WOWZER, INDEED!

This huge yard includes a hot tub and a great bbq-via Kaye Swain REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CA

It's definitely a grand home for a large family or a multigenerational family with kids or grandkids along with elderly parents. You'd certainly be able to accomodate several family members and still have the privacy that is often missing with smaller homes and large families. 

The only thing I was disappointed about was that, like so many other builders, they didn't use some basic practical universal design elements like putting a shower in the bathroom on the main floor. If you have an elderly parent living with you in this home, they would need to go upstairs to shower. I wouldn't do that because of my sweet mom being a bit wobbly. But I'm finding that many families visiting at my open houses with their senior parents are open to doing that. They realize that most houses follow this pattern and they are ready, willing, and able to make some adjustments down the road – from simplifying bath procedures to adding a shower if need be. And I have to say, the shower upstairs is gorgeous, and easily accessible for elderly seniors. Hooray! 🙂

This bathroom would work well for all ages including wobbly elderly seniors 400

I was just talking about that with one such client this week and we shared some tips for simplification, including No-Rinse bathing products. It's not as easy as a shower on the main floor, but it is definitely doable. And check out the kitchen as well! It's big with plenty of storage.

Awesome and big kitchen for a big multigenerational family via Kaye Swain real estate agentAnd it has this cute wall hanging – perfect to wish you Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Anything Blue Friday

 

Wasn't this a fun house to visit? I thoroughly enjoyed it as well! AND enjoyed the tasty goodies I found for the real estate broker's tour. A sweet delight, indeed. Have a grand week, y'all. 🙂 

Pink and blue for blog parties with Kaye Swain who is moving to Roseville CA

P.S. This lovely house is no longer available but there are probably other great homes with multigenerational options. Interested? Call Kaye at 657-229-5293, email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com, or just click on the house below. 🙂 

 

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  This-Roseville-CA-Placer-County-Real-Estate-agent-prefers-a-Zero-step-entry-to-these-two-front-porch-stepsFront steps. Back steps. Pretty common, true? I remember our first home had three and my middle daughter accidentally took a nose dive down them one time. She came through OK, though and now her rough and tumble youngest child is giving her the same heart-attacks she gave me that day.

I remember my elderly neighbors next door with similar steps at their back door. The husband went down those steps one night, tripped, fell, and died from internal bleeding a few days later! His poor wife grieved deeply as my sweet husband installed a handrail and back yard light for her so she wouldn't do the same. 

Fast forward a bit to a brand new home we once enjoyed owning. NO steps front or back! When my senior dad's Parkinson's Disease advanced, we did have to add a small wheelchair ramp to each doorway due to the threshold. But other than that, it was much safer for young AND old with that home.

Fast forward even further, and my elderly mom and I are back in a home with two steps at each door. And would you believe it. I was carrying a big bag of groceries out the door to my car, missed a step, and went tumbling down. I'm fine, whew! But what if that had been my senior mom! Fortunately, she's being really careful, taking her cane, and mainly staying inside during this cold, wet, and now snowy winter, other than errands with me helping her up and down the steps.

Do you sense a pattern? I love the description Aaron D. Murphy shares for his post, Aging in Place, as he defines Universal Design, which includes "entrances with NO STEPS." Sadly, those are not that common. I still see plenty of new homes being built with steps. And sometimes, it's odd steps which are actually more trippable since you're not expecting the extra space – like this one at my grandkids' home.

Zero Step Entry would be much safer for my grandkids AND my elderly mom than these steps that vary in size

The frustrating part of all this is that NO STEPS at the entrances are a BENEFIT and a BLESSING to ALL ages! Tiny tot grandkids, active baby boomers, elderly seniors and everyone in between are better served and safer with one less barrier in our way. As the writer at Maplewood Homes puts it, "Barrier Free is simply building a new home without steps or narrow pathways which would prove to be a barrier for some individuals. It is also sometimes called "Zero Step Entry." Of course, Barrier Free can include even more very useful ideas, as he points out later in the article. But what a grand thing if more builders would embrace the Zero Step Entry idea. It would make our world a bit safer and a bit more pleasant for so many of our beloveds, whether young old or in between. And be a great aid for aging in place!  What do you think?