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For­get the idea of “ag­ing in place.” Sen­si­ble home de­sign is for ev­ery­one, no mat­ter the num­ber of years you have in your rear view.

Log Home Living - - CONTENTS - LEFT: A main-level mas­ter suite and laun­dry room are key el­e­ments to “age­less” de­sign.

• The Age­less Home • Out­door Kitchens are in De­mand • Pur­ple Peo­ple Feed­ers • Spring into Ac­tion!

Af­ter 30-plus years of work­ing A in hous­ing and health­care, it was clear to me that some­thing needed to be done about the way we ap­proach res­i­den­tial floor plan de­sign. Many homes just aren’t func­tional for a ris­ing per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion, es­pe­cially as we grow older. To re­think our needs, both now and in the fu­ture, would mean chang­ing our en­tire thought process on houses, how we see them and how we need to lay them out so we can spend the rest of our lives in our homes, if we choose.

From the mo­ment we’re born to the day we

take our last breath, we are ag­ing. So The Age­less

Home™ is a name I use to de­scribe a house that ages with you, no mat­ter how old you are. It’s smart home de­sign and prod­uct se­lec­tion, that works for ev­ery­one, all the time — the first time. In this new col­umn, I will share with you my ob­ser­va­tions on home de­sign that works, along with prod­ucts and tips that will make your log home your for­ever home.

Let’s kick it off with what’s prob­a­bly the most ba­sic prin­ci­ple: Lo­cate all es­sen­tial rooms on the main level. This in­cludes a mas­ter bed­room/bath and laun­dry. If for any rea­son you could not ac­cess the up­stairs or M.

down, your way of liv­ing BATH WIC. won’t al­ter. Some­times we don’t see the need for this MAS­TER

BED­ROOM fea­ture when we build our homes, but I prom­ise you, it’s a gift when you re­al­ize PORCH one day, that it just made your life eas­ier.

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