For so many of our great clients, their log or timber frame home is the realization of a dream – of a long-held dream. And often it’s retirement that provides the reason or the ability to finally design the home of their dreams and the home that will launch a whole new, glorious phase of life.
(And FYI, there are two alternate paths to the perfect log or timber frame home for your optimal retirement. Sometimes the gorgeous and cozy cottage we design ends up becoming the perfect place to retire to. Or, for some with retirement still around the corner, we design their ideal house they’ll retire to … but until then, it’s a pretty wonderful cottage.)
Regardless of your path to retirement, creating the right home brings everything else together — It’s the gathering place for your family, friends, and loved ones, and a place where you can put down deep roots.
These are some of the most important choices you’ll ever make. When you find the right place and create the right home, you build real value. From a financial perspective you’ll never have to go through the cost of moving again, and let’s face it, moving is stressful so from an emotional one if you plan for tomorrow you’ll be able to stay in your dream home longer. That’s the goal!
This guide takes you through everything you need to think about as you go through the exciting process of turning your dream home into a reality. We’ve also got a super-helpful checklist you can download and complete — It’ll help you focus on what’s important to you so we can help make your dream a reality.
When you’re designing your dream, you need an expert by your side. That’s why our custom design service is central to everything we do. We create around your lifestyle and your goals, and give you ideas and insight to help you achieve everything you want (and maybe didn’t realize you needed.)
Let’s dive in.
Designing your dream retirement home
Now you know where you want to move to, it’s time to bring everything to life. This is the fun part — designing the right home for you. Because we’re with you every step of the way, designing your custom home is never stressful. We provide expert, practical advice that lets you make the most of every aspect of your living space.
Here are some of the areas you’ll want to consider.
Have you got enough accommodation and space for family and friends?
One of the joys of a custom home is designing it to your exact needs. That means we can create extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and entertainment spaces for how you want to live. Got a big family? Not a problem — We’ll help you design the perfect plan and find the right balance between space for friends or family and maximizing the spaces you enjoy everday.
Do you have special art or furniture to incorporate (and need storage for the rest)?
You’ve built a lifetime of beautiful memories, so it’s vital to have the right space to store and display them. Make sure any storage spaces are easy to access and there’s enough room in your floorplans for beloved items, antiques, and other furniture.
Are you thinking about single floor living?
You may be limber and tackle the stairs without a problem now, but in ten or fifteen years, you might be better suited to single floor living. Consider a bungalow-style, single floor home that’s easy to access and get around, and make that your living space. Your knees will thank you!
There are a couple of ways to do this — You could go “complete bungalow” or have a two story home with a basement — Your living area, master bed and ensuite can be on the main floor, with guest accommodation upstairs.
Do you have enough space for your hobbies and your pets?
When you retire, you’ll finally have enough time to really enjoy your hobbies and pastimes. Whether you’re into crafts, woodworking, tinkering on cars, or something else, you need the right space to get the most out of your free time. That goes for your animal companions too, so think about whether they’d like their own space and we can build that into your plans.
Have you thought about the benefits of wide doorways, hallways, and open space?
None of us like to think about a time when we may require a wheelchair, planning for that possibility now may mean living many more years in your dream home. And that’s huge. Think about doors and hallways that are a little wider (at least 36” wide). Open plan space makes it much easier to maneuver around.
What about keeping your home accessible and easy to live in?
Having space for ramps into your property will make access simple, including easy travel between your garage and your home. For day to day living, think about your appliances and work surfaces and make sure they’re at the right height. We’ll work closely with you to make sure everything is designed to your current and possible future needs.
Consider what that means in the bathroom. You might want a simple step-in shower, together with a bathtub, toilet, and sink that are easy to use. We know it’s important to feel safe, secure, and confident in your home, so we’ll keep that front and center when we’re working with you.
Bringing it all together
We know that building the perfect retirement home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make, which is why we’re with you every step of the way. You’ll be happy every time you step into your home and see the beautiful wood, craftsmanship, and love that’s in everything we create.
That’s why we work together as a partnership — Our certified designers work hand-in-hand with you to understand exactly what you need. They’ll produce a plan and create a 3D walkthrough of your home so you can experience what it will be like to live there.
The first step in giving life to your dreams is to work out exactly what you want from your home. Download our checklist today and fill it out. Together, we can use that to start creating a home you’ll love forever.