If you’ve just bought your forever home, or have decided the one you’re in will be the one you’ll also age gracefully in, then you may want to consider incorporating adaptive design into your renovation project.

Adaptive design is the principle of designing a home that allows residents to live safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level. Adaptive design can stand alone as a service to address the total long-term livability of the home – or be part of any remodeling project plan. 



Kitchen usability at any age or stage is key to living a full, active life in your home long-term. A kitchen remodel is the perfect time to add adaptive design principles, but aging-in-place considerations can be incorporated into your existing home at any time. Adaptive kitchen designs include:

- Higher dishwashers

- Movable islands

- Revolving and slider-based storage

- Adjustable sink height

- Front controlled appliances/cooktop

- Lever-handled faucets

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Staying in your home as you age usually includes a strategy for single-level living. Bringing your master bedroom and bathroom to the main level can significantly improve long-term outcomes for aging in place. Adaptive bathroom designs include:

- Lever-handled faucets

- Zero-entry shower with sitting space

- Inset shelving in shower

- Wider entry and pocket doors

- Higher toilets with non-slam lids/seats


age in place

Typical considerations for aging in place include zero-step entryways, singe-level-living, wider door and hallways, and additional, site-specific lighting. Bridge City Contracting will access your long-term livability goals and

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“Elizabeth, Roger and their team were amazing on a recent project at our home. They worked long days, they were cheerful and thorough, they cleaned up after themselves, and we are so happy with the finished product. Highly, highly recommended!"

-Sara G, Portland, Oregon