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Design for Aging in Place

Aging in place is important as we age and want to remain in our homes until old age. Preparing your home, or building a new one to age in place requires planning for illness and disabilities. This typically means one floor living (or elevators) with no or minimal stairs (or a ramp) into the residence.

I'm working on a project with a client in their late sixties. They decided to sell the big house in the country and downsize to a neighborhood with year round residents on a small lake. While rural life will be missed, my clients are looking forward to simplicity of a smaller home with less maintenance and being closer to hospitals, doctors, and civilization.

My role in the project is to take their vision and evolve it to make the flow good, maximize the square footage, and then make it beautiful.

Design and planning of remodeling projects takes effort and a commitment to being organized. Decisions need to be made in a timely manner and ahead of contractor's schedule. Working with me to design and plan your remodeling project will help you focus and get your vision documented so that you can obtain bids and pricing.

My specialty is to take my clients' ideas and improve upon them and make them come to life. Here is an example of my client's sketch of the main level of the new house. I use client sketches as the starting point in the design. It always evolves from there.

Julie Fergus, ASID, is a nationally published interior designer. Her studio and showroom is located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Julie's clients are primarily in the Lakes Region and Mount Washington Valley, however, she will travel throughout the state and North East. Visit her website for contact info

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