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5 Home Remodeling Tips

The Home for Life tool integrates design principles that enable aging in place

  • Tip #1: Smart Exterior (After)

    Tip #1:  A wrap-around porch provides protection from the weather and generously extends living and community space outdoors. A new, low-threshold entry door and a no-step entry for the interior spaces enables easy access. Upgraded windows, roofing, siding, and trim — all weatherized for better energy efficiency and low maintenance — further boost the home's value. — Renderings by RM Design Studio/courtesy Remodeling magazine

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The vast majority of boomers — 84 percent — want to stay in their current house during retirement, but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for retirement, a new survey by AARP finds. The Home for Life, an online virtual home produced by Remodeling magazine, showcases subtle yet effective universal design principles that enhance convenience, comfort, safety and value while lowering monthly costs and maintenance chores. Here are the top five tips for aging in place in style and with confidence.

Also of interest: With Universal Design, one size fits all.

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