Remodeling for Easy-access LivingBook - 2006
If you're 50, 60, 70, or older--or living with someone who is-- Popular Mechanics will help you turn your home into a haven that's safer, easier to manage, and conducive to independent living. A must-have for mature adults. Housing studies by the AARP reveal that more than three-quarters of homeowners over 50 want to stay just where they are for the rest of their lives. But as their physical abilities diminish, they may find it increasingly difficult to navigate the home they love. Fortunately, with this intelligently conceived, wonderfully illustrated room-by-room guide from Popular Mechanics , older adults will find many ideas for modifying their space so that they can continue to live independently. Some of the alterations are do-it-yourself; others may require a professional. The more complicated tasks receive especially detailed discussions so that you'll know exactly what the job entails, how long it should take, and what it typically costs. Pore over a variety of mature home styles, and examine options for flooring, sinks, tubs, appliances, windows, doors, and lighting that make the house more welcoming. Find out which materials work best, including nonskid floor options, anti scalding devices on sinks, and curbless showers. Eye-opening photos show before-and-after images of real-life makeovers, and there's advice on everything from creating multilevel countertops to installing grab bars in the bathroom.
Publisher: New York : Hearst books, c2006.
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.