Low-Maintenance Exterior

aging in place home exterior

Respect the burden.

~Napoleon Bonaparte

14 Items for Low-Maintenance Exteriors/ Aging in Place with Home Maintenance

There is a commercial on the radio in my region that is selling exclusive assisted living housing. A very sweet older woman is touting the benefits of “carefree retirement living and being free from the burdens of home ownership.” For some, that’s the goal, and for others, it’s their worst nightmare…

You don’t always have to give up your home because of maintenance, there are steps you can take to decrease the workload. Below are some suggestions for a lower maintenance exterior. And by the way, those so-called “burdens” of home ownership can provide exercise, brain stimulation, purpose, and joy in your life (something called Environmental Press). Getting rid of them all together could be a slippery slope to well, you know…your worst nightmare.

Aging in Place with a Low-Maintenance Exterior

  1. Switch to a “Forever Home” Metal/Plastic Roof

aging in place age in place Low-Maintenance Exteriors

  1. Replace deck with composite materials/never seal again

age in place Low-Maintenance Exteriors

  1. PVC porch/deck railings (ramp could be added here)

Low-Maintenance Exteriors for aging in place

  1. Irrigation systems turn on/off the water at the right times

Low-Maintenance Exteriors for age in place

  1. Place Rocks for landscaping beauty

seniors enjoy Low-Maintenance Exteriors for aging in place

  1. Switch to Tall Grasses for no mowing

Low-Maintenance Exteriors for seniors aging in place

  1. Pathways reduce high-maintenance grass

age in place with Low-Maintenance Exterior pathways

  1. Consider Fake-grass (no one will know)

Low-Maintenance Exteriors and fake grass for age in place seniors

  1. Objects like lawn chairs for color instead of flowers

age in place sun chairs Low-Maintenance Exteriors

  1. Put vinyl shake siding on the home

siding for age in place

  1. If you want grass try turf grasses

aging in place Low-Maintenance Exteriors for older adults living at home

  1. Plant drought-resistant landscape plants

aging in place Low-Maintenance Exteriors for older adults living at home

  1. Install gutter guards

aging in place Low-Maintenance Exteriors for seniors at home

  1. Flowers in Pots for easy watering and care

flower pots for the senior who is aging in place Low-Maintenance Exteriors

Bonus These 14 steps can go a long way towards:

1) Keeping independence/Safety

2) Adding Value to the home (every age group wants less home maintenance)

3) Aging Well and Longevity (Environmental Press)

4) The Joy of Living

The Grandkids and relatives will also have a beautiful place to visit, stay, and create memories!

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