Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
That Will See You Retire in
Most people age 60 and older would wish to
retire in their current community, probably in their current homes. However, as
a homeowner who’s about to exit, you might want to make some changes to maintain
a quality life. Below are some of the practical improvements to consider if
you’re planning to retire in peace. From adding convenient doors, such as
barn doors, to creating
fall-proof stairs, we’ve got it all covered.
Adding convenient door handles
Door handles and knobs may seem simple, but
they can be very significant as you age. Old door handles are hard to grasp and
can be stressful for people with poor balancing or arthritic conditions. That
explains why modern public buildings aren’t fitted with traditional door
You can decide to go for lever door handles
that are simple to grip. They’re more straightforward to use, enabling you to
open your doors with the weight on your hand comfortably. What’s even more
interesting is the stylish look new lever handles bring to your home.
Upgrade the shelving and storage designs
As you age, you don’t want to strain to
pick or store items for daily use. Consider the height of your drawers, counter,
shelves, and storage racks in areas like the kitchen. Ensure that you keep your
items compact, organized, and easily accessible. You can also store your
cookware in racks or dowels rather than stacking them to avoid the movement of
heavy pans and pots.
It is essential to replace or fix the
sticky drawers, push latches, and lever handles to improve accessibility. Don’t
forget to add a comfortable kitchen prep table of your height.
A new hobby room or office
Retirement doesn’t have to be after your
50s. You can retire early
and still feel the need to do a few errands at home. You may not need to go to
work daily, but you might want to have a place to run your businesses and look
over the bills from home. Having an appealing office allows you to have a
productive workspace away from other distractions.
Whether you want to make use of a spare
bedroom or to create a small addition, the investment is quite worthwhile—not
forgetting that you still have returns on investment (ROI) once you decide to
resell your property.
The cost of repurposing a room into an
office will depend on your preferences, local prices for supplies and labor, and
the room size. Consider different bids from contractors and compare the prices
before you embark on the project.
Create fall-proof stairs
Falls can result in broken bones, hip
fractures, and worse still, head injuries. The good news about falls is that you
can prevent them by considering the following steps:
• You can replace a
ramp with one or two steps where you have minimal changes in height
lighting, particularly at the bottom and top of stairs. Make sure that the
stairs are usable even in the middle of the night
• Create handrails
on both sides of curved or winding stairs. Handrails come in handy and, if
possible, install them on both sides of the stairs
• Use rough finish
on stairs or a slip-resistant on stairs that easily get wet
• Avoid placing
objects like loose rugs on landings, steps, or at the bottom of the stairway
Installing curbless showers and walk-in tubs
Navigating the house can be quite a
balancing task, particularly as you age. The appeal of installing walk-in tubs
and curb-less shower is obvious, especially if you have a slippery wet bathroom.
A walk-in tub is a bathtub with a
watertight door and, in some cases, a seat. A walk-in tub is ideal for people
transferring from wheelchairs. Other safety features are handrails, anti-scald
valves, and non-slip flooring.
A curbless shower is more open than a
conventional shower and may not have a door. The floors slopes toward the drain,
and there no trip overs or lip to step. You can also incorporate features like
grab bars and non-slip mats for more safety.
Creating an easy entrance
Ensure you have at least two entrance doors
to ensure that you can increase ways to come in and out of the house as you grow
older. You can also widen the doorways by removing flower vases and other items
that may minimize the walking space.
Use a ground floor bedroom
It might seem straightforward to climb
stairs now, but an illness or disability may make that trip challenging as you
age. Consider relocating your bedroom from the upper floors to the ground floor.
Love your house’s location and design but
still can’t figure out if it’s suitable for your
retirement? Consider the steps mentioned above to improve your home for a
better and peaceful retirement.
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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