Aging in Place Kitchen

Building Your Forever Home

When building a custom home many thoughts and ideas go into planning and designing your forever home. As you are thinking about lot location, how many rooms, and what finishes you would like in this home, another important idea to think of is aging in place. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in pace as the “ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably …” Creating a home that will give you this capability in the future as well as accommodate your current lifestyle requires a builder that has the education and experience to do so.

Lain Chappell, owner of Solid Rock Custom Homes, has earned his Graduate Master Builder destination from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and is one of only five contractors in the state of Colorado to receive this designation. Mr. Chappell also holds a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) accreditation from the NAHB and noted “The classes and certifications required to obtain these designations equipped me with the knowledge and foresight I need to design homes to meet the specific and and unique needs of our clients.”

Lain also remarked, “Our clients are finding that a ranch style home is perfect for one-level living throughout the main stage of their lives. The ease of having all the necessary amenities on the main level is very appealing to our buyers, regardless of their age, and they realize it will give them greater flexibility to remain in their home throughout their senior years. They can choose whether they want to use the other levels for their enjoyment or to accommodate guests or a live in caregiver. If access to the other levels of the home is important, installing an elevator, or pre-planning a future location for the elevator is wise. Designing areas of the home to be wheelchair accessible and aging friendly such as incorporating curbless showers, wide halls and doorways, and installing lever handles are a few examples of how you can turn and ordinary house into a livable forever home.”

Curbless shower

Solid Rock Custom Homes has been building in the El Paso, Teller and Douglas counties since 2004. As a fully custom home builder, the team at Solid Rock understands the design concepts that are needed in creating a forever home, building it efficiently and with aging in place concepts in mind.

At Solid Rock Custom Homes quality is as important as the design. Recognized for their workmanship, they were awarded the Quality in Craftsmanship Award by the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association for their 2015 Parade Home. These aspects help you build the forever home that embodies the quality standards found in a house that will be able to stand the test of time, and be enjoyed by your family for generations to come.

To learn how Solid Rock can build you the custom home of your dreams, contact us at 719-494-0932 or visit our contact us page hereThis article was originally printed in the Colorado Springs Gazette, read here

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    2 Comments

    • Custom Home Builder Reply

      January 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm.

      Thank you sharing this Blog

    • Ted R. Reply

      April 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm.

      I very much agree- Your home should be built to last a lifetime, yet be beautiful and comfortable for you and your home family. Sometimes you have to make special accommodations for elderly homeowners. But with careful planning, you can install the accommodation so that the rest of the family who lies there won’t be inconvenienced by the accommodations, like stairway assistants and ramps for wheelchair access.

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