Micro-Living for Seniors
June 19, 2015
Living smaller isn’t just for young people!
This article, published on Senior Housing News, discusses the positive impact micro-living can have on seniors and their housing communities:
Depending on the development constraints and economics of a certain area, there can be real opportunities for senior living providers to achieve cost savings by designing small.
With a smaller living environment also comes a significantly shrunken carbon footprint, translating into less spent on utilities than a person would if living in the average 1,600-square-foot domicile.
“The beauty is you’ve reduced costs in utilities, maintenance and operations,” said Brenda Landes, AIA, senior associate at SFCS Architects.
For providers considering whether to convert buildings at their communities to incorporate micro-designs, some companies that deal in transitional furniture may have certain payment models depending on bulk purchases.
But while there might be some added upfront costs when buying these types of new-age furnishing, there are some advantages to be had.
“You’re spending additional cost on some of the transforming furniture, but you’re essentially able to market those apartments as semi-furnished, which may add real value and put you in an advantageous position given your market,” said SFCS Senior Associate Kevin Deck, AIA.