If you're remodeling your kitchen, you want to take into account the way you'll be using and living in that kitchen years from now. If you plan on aging in place, then it makes sense to design and create a kitchen that you'll be able to use even if you become less mobile and agile in the future. So, what elements are good to include in an age-in-place kitchen? Here are a few top ideas.
Pull-down shelves are shelves that are mounted on a special kind of hinge inside a cabinet. When you pull on the edge of the shelf, the shelf swings out and down, making it easier for you to access the contents of that shelf. Pull-down shelves make it easier for you to reach items in your upper cabinets when you're not able to reach and stretch as high. Ask your kitchen remodeling team to include them, at least on the highest shelves in your kitchen.
The microwave tends to be one of the most-used appliances in the kitchen. Older adults, in particular, tend to use microwaves a lot as it is easier than heating things up on the stove. So, as you remodel, make sure you place the microwave low where it is easiest to reach. Putting the microwave in a below-counter cubbie has become a common option for aging in place.
As you get older, lugging a heavy pot of water the stove may become harder. If you don't want this to limit your cooking ability, then consider having a pot filler tap installed near your stove. These taps are basically like fancy garden hoses. You put the pot on the stove, pull the tap over, fill the pot with water, and don't have to lift a thing.
Rounded Counter Edges
Beveled counter edges might look nice, but they can really bruise you if you bump into them. As you get older, a little less mobile, and more likely to walk with a cane, you probably don't want to risk this. Counters with rounded edges are simply safer. They can still look magnificent; ask your remodeling contractor to show you some examples.
If you implement the features and amenities above into your kitchen design, you'll have an easier time continuing to use the kitchen as you grow older. Your contractor may have some additional ideas if you ask them for input. For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact a company such as Professional Tile Design.