If you are worried about creating a safe home for kids, adults, and older adults who reside in your home or plan to visit, there are steps you can take to design a house with safety in mind. These safety-first home remodeling practices minimize possible hazards without sacrificing beauty and style. If you are searching for home remodeling ideas, T&G Builders has suggestions for safe, stylish, and timeless remodeling decisions.
An intelligently designed layout and traffic flow are ideal for providing a safe home environment that allows for accessibility for all. Prioritize features that improve visibility, encourage simple movements, and reduce possible accidents.
Open Floor Plans
Eliminate unnecessary walls and barriers, and provide clear sight lines throughout different areas of your home. This visibility allows you to monitor activities and keep an eye on kids and pets.
Minimize Narrow Hallways
When moving around is difficult, accidents are more likely to happen in small spaces. Design more spacious walkways that permit simple walking and the passage of furniture or mobility aids.
Secure Stair Handrails
Install safe handrails on both sides of your stairs to provide stability and support to whoever is climbing or descending the stairs. The bars should be securely fastened to the wall or stairway construction and at a comfortable height.
Safety-first home remodeling practices include consideration of the best materials that minimize slips, trips, and falls.
Use slip-resistant material in high-traffic areas prone to accidents, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Use water-resistant materials in spaces with water, including bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Consider waterproof laminate flooring, ceramic, or porcelain tiles.
Secure Mats and Rugs
Rugs and mats can be a tripping hazard if not correctly fastened. To prevent rugs and carpets from shifting or slipping, ensure they are firmly secured with rug pads or double-sided adhesive tape.
Proper Lighting for Improved Visibility
Developing a secure and safe home includes considering the best interior and exterior lighting.
You can create a safe, well-lit home by combining ambient, task, and accent lighting. Consider the following fixtures:
- Ceiling fixtures
- Recessed lights
- Adjustable sconces
- Under-cabinet lights
Outdoor spaces, stairwells, and corridors are ideal for motion sensor lighting. These lights prevent tripping or mishaps in dimly-lit locations and alert you when people enter these spaces.
Safety-first home remodeling practices will incorporate the best bathroom safety features. These features are designed for safety for people of all ages.
Grab bars can support people using the tub, shower, or toilet, preventing falls and potential injuries.
Minimize the risk of slipping in the shower or tub using non-slip mats and adhesive strips.
Numerous hazards can occur in the kitchen, so safety-first design is a must.
Install a range hood above your cooktop for proper ventilation. It also helps remove cooking fumes, smoke, and odors from the kitchen and promotes a healthier environment.
Certain countertop materials like wood and granite can harbor bacteria. Instead, use non-porous, easy-to-clean materials like quartz or solid surface countertops to prevent bacterial growth.
Make Your Dream Home a Reality with T&G Builders
T&G Builders, located in Berlin, MD, has been a premier waterfront custom home builder and home improvement contractor serving Worcester and Sussex Counties for over 25 years. We are a locally owned and operated business known for our uncompromising commitment to quality, our passion for using innovative technology and premium materials to complete projects, and our exceptional attention to detail. In addition to building custom homes, we also specialize in remodeling your current house into your dream home! Our skilled team can assess your needs, determine the right design for your addition or improvement, and complete the entire construction process.