A Colorado Home Built for the Ages

A Colorado Home Built for the Ages

Sonia Zjawinski
Feb 19, 2009

When Cynthia Leibrock designed her house she not only kept beautiful architecture, furniture, and décor in mind, she kept her and her husband's aging bodies in mind as well. Her glass-and-steel home in the Colorado Rockies, featured in the New York Times this week, includes features such as a hidden mechanical lift to get one in and out of the ample tub, support bars for the toilet that are concealed in the wall behind it, and pull down shelves in the kitchen bring ingredients to you rather than having to get a step ladder.

Leibrock's home follows a relatively new movement – aging in place. The idea is that, "homes should be built so owners can continue to live in them despite age-related problems, has been driven by the aging boomer population."

After the jump we take a closer look at some of the amenities...

The toilet features pull out handles for those who need them.
A pull-down shelf in the kitchen.
Another pull out shelf for easier access to kitchen accessories.
The ceiling mounted mechanical lift should anyone need help getting into the therapeutic tub. Looks like it could be used for something a little more young at heart...
LEDs light up each stair.

A fold down seat in the back entry lets older peeps put on and take off their shoes without falling and not being able to get up.

For more information on this home check out Cynthia's site.

Images: Kevin Moloney for The New York Times, Kohler

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