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I recently had to migrate to a mobility scooter because of arthritis and a swollen disc in my lower back. Ouch times ten!
So, everything that I look at these days has to accommodate what may be an ongoing situation. My cousin brought this to my attention when he announced that he is moving south and building a home for his retirement.
He told me that he is designing the home with no sill s in the bath, no sills in the shower and all doorways will be oversized. I suppose he came to these conclusions when his mom had a stroke.
I thought his plan to be pure genius. It takes into account that he will age and may have compromised mobility.
Recently, I went on one of my dream drives through Hillsborough, CA for their Sunday Open House tour. The homes are in the 4-6 million range. (Like MLK, I have a dream that me an my little grandchildren will live in a mansion in Hillsborough). So, I hopped in my CLS and off I went. I call it dreamcasting. I do it often). Back to the topic, LOL
Unfortunately, these mansions are built for people who either will never become disabled or will remain forever young. Botox excluded.
I didn't get through the first home on the first floor before my back gave out. I was in such excruciating pain that I started to cry. And I realized that a house that size with the inability to walk is a nightmare of a trap! There are so many levels and stairs withal.
It was a reality check. We are getting older and we have to purchase with that in mind. I never thought I'd say that.
I came to the conclusion a long time ago, that being rich doesn't mean that people are necessarily practical .. especially when it comes to homes & other signs of conspicuous consumption! Anyone who can afford a house in the $4 - $6 million price category, would be better off having it custom-built with ADA-compliance designed in, along with architectural "interest"!
Years ago, I was dating an architect who was modernizing a mansion in the Hamptons of New York. He said that he could have used roller skates to get around the house, overseeing the contractors, and that by the end of the day he was exhausted .. and he was in his 30s & healthy at the time. Imagine what it must have been like living there 24/7?!