Beautiful Bungalow’s Aging-in-Place Transformation
The client family wanted to update this 1450 sq. ft. bungalow that was located in a central and mature Calgary neighbourhood, had gorgeous city views, and a full walk out basement but was dated and no Aging In Place opportunities. The goal was to transform this bungalow to fully support this active Boomer couple’s desire to have both an aesthetically beautiful home, as well as one that would accommodate future lifestyle changes, inclusive of aging in place considerations.
- Create an open concept kitchen with AIP/Aging in place design initiatives with no compromises to aesthetics.
- Create a fully accessible main floor bath, including larger doorways and corridors without any noticeable ‘handicap bath’ aesthetics.
- Create a barrier-free lower level bath again without any noticeable ‘handicap bath’ aesthetics.
- Modernize lower level laundry, flex/den room and living areas.
- Incorporate seamless and invisible Aging in Place initiatives on both main and lower levels.
- Improve lighting on both floors
- Revitalize interior to reflect a transitional design such that the much loved cedar-clad vaulted ceiling would mesh well with the new kitchen
How the Criteria Was Met
Through an extensive design discovery process, Pinnacle collaborated with this client to fully uncover how they wanted to live in their home both now and in the future. They wanted an accessible home that would support their desire to live here for a lifetime of enjoyment. For this criteria, doorways were all increased, baths were made fully accessible, and walls were removed in the kitchen area to fully open the kitchen, family room and dining spaces to now flow seamlessly one room to the other.
The kitchen; now designed for ease of entertaining and storage was designed by adding a large island with dropped seating arrangement. A spacious main bath/ensuite was designed with a unique dual sink with mirror and window combo. Included was the implementation of fully accessible design elements like curbless shower, flip up shower bench, and beautiful, yet ‘invisible’ grab bars. Extensive LED lighting was added to dramatically enhance all living spaces. This phase of the lower level of this home was completely gutted, the space now welcomes the homeowner to a transformed fireplace area, flex-den room, beautiful and brightly lit laundry and a barrier free lower bath. Once again this bath has ‘invisible’ elements that are not immediately noticeable, but support aging in place with all areas barrier free including a curbless shower and aesthetically attractive, yet functional grab bars where needed.
This bungalow was transformed into a transitional style with a host of aging in place solutions. Those solutions will now successfully support the changing needs of this couple and their guests; truly creating a Lifetime Home through proactive planning and design for both now and future requirements.
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