As Sharon and Howard Johnson designed and built their "lifelong home," they realized they were so passionate about the idea of aging in place, they wanted to introduce it to others. They became Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) and founded a nonprofit to spread the word about the advantages of building homes for people of all ages and abilities.
Scroll down to see pictures of their home, and learn about the design decisions that make it both attractive and suitable for all.
Come On In and Take a Look
After lots of research about how and where to live, we bought a lot in Twin Creeks, a walkable, transit-oriented development in Central Point, a city in Oregon's Rogue Valley. Our custom-built abode is a "lifelong housing certified" home.
We worked with W.L. Moore, Inc., a local builder, to create our 2,265-square-foot, single-story house, which features a master bedroom suite, two full baths and a multi-use "great room." Three additional rooms can be used as a bedroom, a home office or den.
The threshold of our home's no-step entry is less than a half-inch high. That, and the 36" wide doorway, makes the house easily accessible for a wheelchair or a stroller. Wide halls (at right) and an open floor plan allow for easy mobility inside.
The Great Room: View #2
In addition to natural light from a solar tube above the cooking area, the kitchen features recessed, accent and task lighting. Windows throughout our house are wide and lower to the floor for increased visibility to the outdoors. This photo shows our dining areas.
Our open kitchen features products and design elements that are Americans with Disability Act compliant, including a gas range with controls at the front so we aren't reaching over hot pots. There's a 5-foot turning radius between the island and the range.
The master bath (left) has two vanities, one with a removable front panel for wheelchair access if needed. The master closet is reached through an easy-pull 36" pocket door beyond the vanity area. The guest bath (right) has grab bars near the toilet and tub.
Slideshow originally published January 2015, republished May 2021
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