Next to the bathrooms in your home, the kitchen is the most important room for an age in place (AIP) redesign. Being able to cook, prepare meals, and dine with ease in your own residence is essential to your quality of life. For this reason AIP kitchen design must be afforded careful consideration. Function is important, but so are aesthetics. as you plan on entertaining friends and family for many years to come. With the right AIP home design expert you can have it all!
Challenges of Traditional Kitchen Design for the Elderly
The reason so many residences throughout the greater Winnipeg area require an age in place renovation is because they have traditional kitchen designs. Existing builds challenge the safety, usability, and enjoyment for elderly homeowners and occupants. Impediments to function with common kitchen designs include the following:
- Inadequate size
- Poor room layout for mobility
- Flooring (slippery and/or challenging grout joints)
- Poor lighting
- Inaccessible ovens, stove elements/controls, grills, and other cooking stations
- Inaccessible countertops and/or dining/food-prep islands
- Inaccessible pantry, cabinetry, and sinks
- Inaccessible fire extinguishing installations (cooking is the leading cause of house fires in Winnipeg)
Age in Place Upgrades for YOUR Specific Needs and Wants
Vulcan Construction focuses on the challenges listed above and turns them into an opportunity that will reimagine the look, function, and feel of your cooking and dining space.
However, we never overstep and assume that you need an entire kitchen overhaul. During your initial consultation we will ask questions to assess present challenges in addition to those that you anticipate for the future. This part of the process factors in any preexisting injuries (lower back pain, damaged rotator cuff, etc.), conditions (arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.), along with other musculoskeletal or neuropathic issues that you or another senior member of the household may be experiencing.
Of course, it’s not just about updating the kitchen and dining space to account for challenges to biomechanics and loss of function. We want you to be excited about your new kitchen! We encourage you to tell us all about your vision no matter how whimsical it may seem. Let us know what your general budget range will be and we will find a way to make it happen. Consider your age in place upgrade as an opportunity to get the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. Let’s schedule your consultation. Call 204.816.8699 for a friendly conversation about your wants and needs.
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