Aging in Place

Magazine articles, television shows and advertisements everywhere are educating us on our aging population.

According to New Homes and Renovations Magazine titled "The Homes built for Boomers Boom", approximately 1000 people are turning 65 each day for the next 20 years!

Our aging population, also known as baby boomers, are greatly influencing new home construction. Most of the homes we are building today are Bungalows, 1 level living has become very popular!

In addition, many of the multi-level homes we build often have the master bedroom on the main level. Regardless of the style you chose for your new home, you and your Builder should try to incorporate some basic ideas into the design that allow you (or future homeowners) to enjoy your home as you age.


Design Ideas that help “Aging in Place”

  • Wide Hallways
  • 32” -36” interior doors
  • Wheel Chair accessible bathrooms
  • Accessible showers with adjustable shower head
  • Pre planned locations and backing for grab bars.

Most of these items cost very little during construction but would incur considerable cost as a renovation or may actually not even be possible, forcing people out of their home much earlier than they wish. Higher resale value is an added bonus for these features even if you are lucky enough to never have to use them.

If you are thinking about building a new home, please discuss your thoughts with your Builder. As a team you will be able to incorporate many “Aging in Place” options that could provide peace of mind, higher resale value and allow you and your family to enjoy your home for as long as possible.

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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Right from the start Keith impressed us with his calm, professional demeanor, his eagerness to help and his deep knowledge of his trade.

Irene & Marius


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