Aging in Place: Kitchen features for multi-generational living
Designing a kitchen for multi-generational use is a great design strategy, whether you intend to stay in your home for the long run or if you are thinking of selling down the road. If you intend to stay, multi-generational design features will help you â€œage in placeâ€ comfortably; if you think you may move, these features will help your home appeal to a broader cross-section of potential buyers. And if you think that adding features that help aging homeowners means adding an institutional look or feel, think again. Todayâ€™s kitchen designers and manufacturers have dedicated themselves to creating beautiful, functional solutions to help homeowners age-in-place, and with style. Letâ€™s take a look at some of the wonderful features available to help make your kitchen a fun, functional place for everyone in your family. Tweak Your Layout A U- or L-shaped kitchen design with an island creates a wide traffic pattern, free from barriers. Instead of one, single work station, several work stations can be created; varied heights can be implemented to meet the needs of family members of differing abilities. Appliances Raised dishwashers, side-by-side refrigerators, smooth cooktops with front-mounted controlsâ€”these small design features make a big difference. Smooth cooktops with front-mounted controls make moving pans on and off the heat simpler and the controls are easier to reach when front-mounted; cooktops can be set to shorter heights to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary. Raised dishwashers and side-by-side refrigerators allow for less bending for those with limited mobility. Fixtures Single-lever action faucets are popular features for multi-generational kitchens; some offer the touch-sensor on/off action, in addition to the single lever release. Replacing cabinet knobs with pulls is another subtle way to make a kitchen more accessible across generations. If you are thinking about redesigning your kitchen with aging-in-place in mind, visit us at K&N Sales today to learn more about the modern, multi-generational kitchen.