Design for All
Age in place design principles, also referred to as Universal Design principles, lead to healthy building environments that are accessible, safe and convenient for diverse groups of people. We believe that every design-build process should consider the future adaptability of the space so that it can accommodate all potential occupants at all stages of life.
Ankeny Row – Zero Energy Cohousing in Portland Oregon
Ankeny Row is a net zero energy intentional community in Portland Oregon designed and built by Green Hammer featuring Universal Design elements. Ankeny Row consists of five three-bedroom townhomes, one two-bedroom apartment, and a common shared space. The age in place design allows for single-floor living, where the master bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are all on the first floor. The homes have wide halls and doorways with zero-step entrances and exterior walkways to facilitate accessibility at any age.
Ankeny Row provides residents reassurance that they won’t become isolated, a condition that impacts 17% of adults age 65 and older and 51 percent of adults age 75 and older, according to AARP. Ankeny Row’s common courtyard, living room and kitchen allow residents to entertain guests and gather for activities. The homes are integrated into a vibrant urban neighborhood. They are within blocks of public transportation, a grocery store, restaurants, a movie theater and expansive park.
The Oaks at Rose Villa – Portland's First Zero Energy Community for Seniors
At Rose Villa's Zero Energy Neighborhood, The Oaks, sustainably minded residents live out their environmental values among a welcoming culture that embraces and celebrates diversity. The Oaks, which was named after the majestic Oak tree that was preserved and is central to the site, allows for independent living while encouraging connection. Comprised of 12 super-efficient craftsman-style homes built around a shared courtyard, The Oaks features age in place design principles such as wide halls and doorways and zero-step entrances to accommodate wheelchairs. The technologies incorporated into The Oaks to allow it to achieve zero energy goals provide residents with fresh, clean healthy indoor air, comfortable indoor temperatures during all seasons, and low maintenance.
Age in Place Design Leads to Greater Independence
Our homes are one of our most important assets, and one that many retirees don't want to give up. According to a 2014 study conducted by AARP, 85 percent of people age 50 and older say they would rather stay in their current home than move elsewhere. They want to be able to easily access nearby transportation, groceries and green spaces, and the ability to easily connect with community members. Homes and communities designed to allow people to age in place typically empower people to live as long as feasible in their own homes or intentional communities. Green Hammer consider implimenting age in place design principles on each and every project because it leads to a higher quality of life for current and future building occupants.