Renovating your kitchen or bathroom isn’t just an exciting way to customize your home; a well-planned renovation can also improve the long-term livability of your home. Here are some kitchen and bathroom renovation ideas to increase the long-term livability of your home by helping the elderly, increasing access for the disabled, and improving usability for someone recovering from an injury or illness.

Kitchen
Kitchen renovations tend to recoup a large portion of renovation dollars in resale value and also improve the entertainment and hosting capacity of a home. These factors have made the kitchen the most popular room of the home to renovate. To make your kitchen renovation work for you and your family long-term, consider replacing your kitchen sink with an apron-front or farmhouse sink to make it easier to use from a stool or wheelchair. Instead of knobs on your cabinets, choose handles – they’re easier to grip. Swing-out shelving will make hard to reach items easier to access, and sensor-activated lights and water can help both children and adults.

Bathroom
Another popular room to renovate is the bathroom, and like the kitchen, the bathroom is a great place to keep future mobility and usability in mind. Some features you should consider including are a no-threshold shower that doesn’t require a high leg lift to bathe, non-skid floor tiles to reduce slipperiness, and taller toilets that are easier to rise from.

Whether you’re getting ready to purchase your first home, looking for ways to pay off your current home, or thinking about updating your home to help it sell, I’m here to help. Let me know if you or someone you know has questions about real estate!