What would you want in a retirement house?Much of what I have now, just less of it. First criteria is master bedroom/bath on first floor.Did not realize how fortunate that was until DH hadhip replacement surgery. There's no way he could've managed stairs during his recovery.What I wish was that we had a walk-in shower stallinstead of tub/shower combo. Once infirm (even temporarily)stepping into and out of a tub becomes dangerous.Easy fixes: replace all doorknobs with door levers.Knobs are difficult for arthritic hands to turn, and the levers are more attractive, IMO.A freezer-on-bottom fridge. 90% of fridge searching is mostlyat eye level.I have a front-loader washer and love it. My ideal would beto have it and the dryer placed on a 12" platform to eliminatehaving to stoop so low. Easy to do if you're handy, I guess.No carpeting other than the bedroom. Vacuuming is a back-breaker.Swiping a damp mop over wood floors is much easier. (Can you tellI have a bad back?) I even have oak flooring in my kitchen andjust use washable throw rugs in front of sink and food prep areas.Wish list: Two half-units of dishwashers - one on each side of sink. Again,no stooping to load and empty!A lot less yard to maintain.Jeanie
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