Get your home ready for an epic retirement

Get your home ready for an epic retirement

With so many activities to indulge in during retirement – especially in Suffolk – Daniel Barr owner of Anglia Factors, explains why the lead up to retirement is the perfect time to future proof your home to fit your retirement lifestyle.

Retirement brings a new importance to your home. No longer is it the place you leave early, and return to late. It will become the place you relax in, host guests, and plan your various post-employment adventures from.

And with more time on your hands for projects and plans (and of course a little well deserved self-indulgence), it’s a good time to think about how your house can offer you maximum comfort and luxury in the years and decades ahead.

Feather an empty nest

Even pre-retirement, the kids may have flown the nest. An emotional time, to be sure, but they don’t have to be the only ones shaping their future. Now they’ve gone, it’s the perfect time to make your house about you again. Fancy a luxury guest room? A hobby room? Or even a library or reading area with beautiful, bespoke shelving?

After all, redecorating the guest room is the perfect excuse to start entertaining…

Reshuffle your rooms

Do you love your bedroom? Or to put it another way, how well do you sleep? As we get older, we tend to sleep less well. Some of that can be down to our increased sensitivity to noise, a mattress that doesn’t support you properly, being too hot or too cold or the anxiety induced by clothes strewn over chairs or shoes taking over the floor space.  This can all add up to a disturbed night’s sleep without you realising.

Once the kids have gone, you can choose the quietest or warmest part of the house and create a beautiful bedroom, dressing room, bathroom area that can eliminate many of these factors. A fitted wardrobe or dressing area can add a sense of style, order and space to a room, for instance. Or hand-crafted cabinets with inbuilt entertainment units are ideal for relaxed mornings watching your favourite shows from the comfort of your new bed.

Your future self will thank you for the peaceful sleep.

Practical changes

You should also look at how well suited your kitchen is. Are cabinets too high? Does the sink hurt your back? Is it time for a practical yet stylish kitchen island? Would a sofa area in the kitchen make life easier? Do you need to go open plan?

It’s a great time to treat yourself to a kitchen that’ll look great, stand the test of time, and fit in with the needs of your retirement years. Anglia Factors can design, build and fit your dream kitchen. Using bespoke materials, hand crafted and made to measure, all designed with your needs in mind.

Update your home to suit the new you

Our homes can sometimes reflect the past rather than the future. Do you need your home office as much as you once did? What about turning it into a bedroom or playroom for the grandchildren when they come to stay? Looking to add a touch of decadence to the bathroom now you have time to indulge in a long soak? What about a large roll top bath and a heated towel rail?

How easy is access to your shower? If it’s over your bathtub, it may be worth thinking about changing things around and getting a lower access, separate shower that you can enter with ease.

Embrace new hobbies

With retirement, you’ll have more time to rediscover old hobbies and find new ones, such as entertaining, outdoor pursuits or time to read and learn. Would a bootroom for the fishing, hiking or dog accoutrements be a helpful addition? What about an entertainment room to enjoy films and the occasional Netflix binge?

Retirement is a great opportunity to do something exciting with your home. Simplify, change and reshape it to fit around your life. So, whatever your needs, Anglia Factors’ team can turn ideas into reality. Visit our Martlesham showroom or call us on 01473 610192.

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