Five ways to future proof your home

 

We love our homes and all the memories they hold.

 

As a nation, we take pride in where we live. Research from online bank Zopa show that the UK collectively spends about £83bn on home improvements each year.

 

From new furnishings and a lick of paint to full-on refurbishments and renovations, individual homeowners spend just over £3,000 on average in any 12-month period.

 

And when people spend, they want value for money. Making sure any improvements go towards future-proofing homes is a sure-fire way to protect any investment. Here are five ways to future proof your home.

 

Make it adaptable

 

Slips, trips and falls in our own homes are estimated to cost the NHS more than £2.3 billion a year.

 

To remain independent and living in the homes you love, think about adapting it now – with adaptations that don’t look anything out of the ordinary.

 

A handrail or grabrail doesn’t have to look like the ones you see in a hospital or care home. Modern, stylish products are available to fit seamlessly into your home’s surroundings, with many having a dual purpose. For example, a grabrail outside your front door could double up as a plant holder, while a bar in your bathroom could double up as a toilet roll holder.

 

Make it smart

 

Clever wireless systems can help you control things like lighting, heating, air conditioning, locks, security systems and even your electrical items. All at the touch of a button – or even just by talking. 

 

By investing in a smart speaker or connected technology, you can unlock a world of possibilities to help keep you independent in your own home. 

 

Make it green

 

No, not the colour, unless that’s your thing. Making sure your home is as energy efficient as possible is a great way to save money so you can spend it on the things you enjoy. 

 

Make sure your windows aren’t letting the breeze in when they’re shut. Double-paned, energy-efficient windows will keep the warmth in properly, so you don’t need to put the heating on as much.

 

Your appliances like washing machines and fridge freezers should be A+++ rated where possible. You could also think about installing solar panels on your roof to create your own energy – or be able to sell it back to your energy provider.

 

Underfloor heating can also be more effective at heating your home and would increase the amount of space people have to get around if radiators are removed.

 

And make sure you check out all the latest government grants available to ensure homes are as energy efficient as possible.

 

Make everything in reach

 

We may be able to reach high or step onto a box to flick a switch now, but what about in the years ahead? By moving sockets to a height that’s more accessible, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that those light switches, fuse boxes and controls are always going to be in reach. But make sure they aren’t too low either – a height between 45cm-1.2m from the floor is best.

 

Make it accessible

 

Steps, stairs and slippy decking are features that might not be great for us as we get older. Ramps and stairlifts don’t have to be an eyesore and can be elegant additions to your home. But before then, think about the rooms which you use the most. Adjustable kitchens with rise and fall worktops could be installed, while you could replace your bath with a walk-in wetroom. 

 

Talk to us about how we can help to future proof your home.  

Home adaptations

We can help from start to finish. Tell us your issue and we’ll come up with a solution and fit it for you. We’ll even sort out any building regulations.

 

We can help fit specially designed equipment to help make your home more accessible and easier to get around. We’ll take into account any current or future needs, as well as taste and budget – making sure you can stay in your home for longer.

 

We specialise in adaptations for people living with dementia and visual impairment and can incorporate a range of features to lower stress, minimise confusion and enhance visibility when using facilities.

 

In bathrooms, we can install walk-in showers or wet rooms to reduce the risk of tripping, slipping, scalding and flooding and to enhance wellbeing and confidence.

In kitchens, we can install low access or adjustable units to suit the needs of multiple people and wheelchair spaces underneath work surfaces, hobs or sinks.

We can also fit stair lifts and handrails to make going up the stairs easier for people with limited mobility.

 

Outside the property, we can also install access ramps in keeping with gardens and patios.

 

We can also work on complex home conversions and extensions, helping provide ground floor accommodation.

 

Whatever the problem, we’re likely to have a solution. Get in touch and ask us about our design service.