We’re seeing a lot of overlap when thinking about “shelter in place” and when designing for Aging in Place.
We’ve always talked with clients about ACCESSIBILITY and getting in and out of their homes, whether that’s through the front door or from the car in the garage. Those design considerations for Aging In Place clients are really more universal, and we are thinking about these principles for all of our clients. We all want our homes to be accommodating and we can start to think about that more expansively:
• According to our #TPDStayAtHomeSurvey, 54% of respondents have enjoyed using their outdoor spaces over the past few months. It’s important for all of our clients to have accessibility to outdoor spaces – front porch, back patio or deck, and neighborhood sidewalks or trails.
• How accessible is the front porch for delivery people? This has been an especially important function given the increasing number of package and food deliveries. Additionally, access to transition spaces is critical for homeowners with 45% of respondents saying they’ve been using the entrance hall for transition from the porch to the interior more than ever.
“With more of a move toward online shopping, a shipping/receiving space would be well used.”