Preparing for retirement: aging in place with smart remodeling ideas for seniors

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Aging-in-place projects can help seniors prepare for a long and happy retirement -- right in their own homes.

By Scott Murfey

As more and more baby boomers begin preparing for retirement, many are seeking an alternative to traditional assisted living facilities and senior homes. Some boomers may wish to live with their families, but fear the strain that close quarters can put on good relationships. Others may simply want to stay in their homes as long as possible. In either case, changes are often necessary in order to facilitate a safe and comfortable environment for seniors. However, a recent trend in the remodeling and interior design community known as “aging in place” deals with these challenges head on – lending greater autonomy to aging adults while preserving their ties to home.

According to a recent report in the U-T, the notion of “aging in place” began to take hold here in San Diego back in 2006. Today, it represents a move toward more holistic building projects that incorporate future-oriented planning through architecture and interior design alike. As for existing homes, they too can be remodeled for the sake of improved safety and accessibility. For example, wider doorways and roll-in showers can be designed to accommodate seniors with walkers or wheelchairs, while home expansion projects can increase overall living space for live-in family members or caretakers.

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Countless baby boomers retire every day; and as they begin to assess their health and lifestyle needs for the future, architects and designers are following suit. With an eye to helping seniors maintain a sense of freedom, as well as making it possible for them to stay in their homes and avoid the disruption that comes with moving into a smaller house or unfamiliar community, contractors and builders across the country are working on new “aging in place” innovations for the boomer generation.

At Murfey Construction, we help clients achieve the homes of their dreams. From consulting to interior design assistance, from room-by-room remodeling to complete building projects, we meet your needs at any level – and consistently exceed expectations with superior craftsmanship and technical expertise. Contact us to discuss aging-in-place projects of any size and scope. Whether you are looking to create a more accessible bathroom design or build a major addition to your home to accommodate caretakers, our skilled team can ensure a holistic approach for lifelong use. When it comes to your retirement, take control – and live life on your own terms. Learn more online, at

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2 Comments for “Preparing for retirement: aging in place with smart remodeling ideas for seniors”

  1. Congratulations Murfey Construction. You have acted on TNT:
    Trends: Aging population-10000 Baby Boomers Turning 65 Every Day For he Next 20 Years
    Needs: 89% AARP members surveyed favor aging in place
    Technology: Intel & GE investing over $1 billion in aging in place tech

    You are right on trend!

    Patrick Roden PhD

  2. With aging-in-place gaining acceptance, more seniors have become aware of how it allows them to live where they want – in their own homes. The next step is for seniors and families to begin planning early instead of waiting until the last minute. By planning early, home modifications can be made in steps rather than all at once. This makes it easier to pay for the most important changes first and spread the cost out over time. For those that know they want to remain in their current home, they can begin while they are still working and have cash flow instead of after retirement when they are on a fixed budget.

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