A Note From Lisa Bixler...
Before moving to Texas, I lived in Colorado for a long time. I had moved there for architecture school and liked it so much I ended up staying. The years just flew by.
At one point, I had saved up some money and decided it was time to buy my first home. I found a realtor and we started looking at condominiums.
One day, he told me we were going to check out a unit in one of the most exclusive parts of town. ‘How can that be?’ I thought. ‘How could I afford that?’
That neighborhood wasn’t even on my radar.
The high rise building and common areas were beautiful. It seemed too good to be true … and it was.
I should have known. As soon as the realtor unlocked the door to the unit and I stepped inside, my heart sank.
The more I walked around, the worse I felt. The place screamed ‘an old person lives here!’
It wasn’t just the décor. That would have meant simple cosmetic changes.
The deal breaker – and my budget breaker – was the assortment of institutional-looking putty colored grab bars arbitrarily attached throughout the place.
We could barely access the kitchen or bathroom without bumping into some –– there were so many.
How could I possibly live in that space, much less invite my friends over? The idea of redoing both rooms just to be able to function was too much.
After spending less than five minutes inside, I crossed that place off my list.
Several years later while attending a conference in Texas, a sign outside a seminar room caught my eye –– it announced a presentation on aging-in-place.
I had never heard the phrase aging-in-place before but immediately thought of my dad. At the time, my father was dealing with some long-term health issues and facing permanent mobility challenges. Maybe I could learn something that would help him, I thought, and made a last-minute decision to switch my schedule.
That decision changed my life for the better and I hope to do the same for yours.
My first step was to become a Certified-Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders.
That training provided a great foundation in the various functional solutions available, though as architect I couldn’t help but think about the aesthetics too.
There had to be a way to combine the comfort of aging-in-place with the same level of style and aesthetic that people want in their homes throughout their lives.
I decided to develop a total approach to invisibly prepare a home for successful living in place.
No putty bars.
Instead, I like to offer hope, excitement, and confidence.
It’s a chance to avoid a path that many choose, to their regret.
That path-to-be-avoided typically follows three steps:
- Making the decision to improve your family’s future lifestyle.
- Creating a plan and making it happen through traditional design and construction.
- Looking back wistfully a few years later, wishing you had done some things differently during the process, maybe including or removing certain features in the home.
The ultimate goal isn’t bad. The standard process just needed a few more steps between the first two that re-direct away from the third one.
So after careful study of where the disconnects most often occur, we created the:
Invisible Design Lifestyle Plan™ –– A 7-step process for successful living in place
- Make the decision to improve your family’s future lifestyle
- Take the Goals, Values and Lifestyle Assessment™ –– our specially developed questions that will help us understand what’s most important to all members of your household
- Receive a Gap Analysis Review – we zero in on considerations and misalignments that the assessment reveals and that you would not have otherwise noticed until it was too late
The next three steps we do together with you ...
- Discuss resolved goals and vision and combine into a Future Blueprint
- Identify and evaluate lifestyle options within your Blueprint
- Create the plan and make it happen (design and construction)
The final step is up to you ...
- Live a better life
When you are Invisibly Prepared, YOUR life stays with YOU!
We look forward to speaking with you.
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