7 DIY Ideas For Your Home Forever
“We want our homes to adapt to our needs so that we can stay for as many years as possible,” says Ty Pennington, designer, carpenter, author and host of HGTV. Battle on the beach. This includes the entrances and exits which allow a smooth transition in and out of the property. But that “doesn’t mean you have to take a hit on the curb appeal,” he says, noting that the bold design statements start at the front door.
Try it yourself
“Painting your door with a pop of color – yellow, eggplant, orange or black – can make your house the most stylish in the neighborhood,” says Pennington, “modern, sophisticated and clean”. It’s inexpensive, and the good news is, “if you hate it, you can repaint it.” Make the entrance functional as well. For older visitors and first responders, “it’s nice to add big address numbers” in reflective or phosphorescent material, he says. Also consider a new door handle. Lever door handles are easier on the hands than a round knob or thumb latch.
Call a pro
“Hiring an electrician to add lighting to your driveway and steps can get a bit expensive, but it sounds like a million dollar repair,” says Pennington.
For now and forever
Lori Bellport, founder of Live in Place Designs, which helps people stay in their homes as they age, recommends putting a bench or table next to your front door for dropping off items or for upcoming deliveries. In addition, “remove the screen doors or storm doors, because that’s just another barrier to accessibility,” she says. And entry doors should be at least 34 inches wide, with swing clear hinges to maximize entry width.