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Old 03-21-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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Did you post pictures of your remodel? I vaguely recall something like that...
Yeah, I put pix up occasionally. I don't recommend my particular brand of remodeling financial folly to anyone but it's home.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:15 PM
 
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I'm convinced that if I remove all stairs from my life, stairs will become an obstacle sooner.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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I actually like stairs. I think houses with stairs have extra character, especially older homes. I like going upstairs and having the feeling of being in an entire different area of the house. I don't want another boring ranch house but that's me. I'll be looking for a 1.5 story house with main bedrooms and bath downstairs and a bonus room upstairs for hobbies or extra space or hanging out. That said, I have no problem negotiated stairs. If I did, I would buy a ranch style home, much to my displeasure.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I still run and I am active. But I agree with your friends, no stairs! Especially if all the bedrooms are upstairs. Sooner or later one of you will get sick and it is no picnic carrying trays of food and tons of laundry every day. I took care of my elderly parents for more than a decade. I decided then I would never own another house with stairs. The only stairs in my home now are the ones in the pool!

Generally speaking, elderly people can stay in their homes longer if they have no stairs. The longer we live, the greater the chance that our physical capabilities will be compromised. At 70 you probably won't be able to hop up the stairs with a broken leg like you could at 20. It's just a fact. Then what would you do if you made it up to the top and realized you left your pain pills on the kitchen table?
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:52 AM
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Location: Asheville NC
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In some locals it is rare to find a home of reasonable large size without stairs. The front porch to our main floor has 5 steps. We could easily put in a ramp or extend a deck on the side for a no step entrance. Our lower level has a no step side door. We are on a mountain slope. Our master bedroom and everything we need is on the main. I would have no problem putting in a chair lift. So far I have no problem with the stairs. We still are active --hiking- long walks, gardening. We do have a yard service for the heavy work on our two acres. Our home is in a beautiful place. It is as beautiful as any resort or cabin in the woods we have ever visited.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Back in the early '50s, my parents bought a Cape Cod style house and raised 6 children there. Their bedroom was on the first floor, as was a full bath. No basement, so washer and dryer were also on the first floor. The kids' bedrooms were upstairs, with another full bath.

At the age of 80, my mother had a very serious stroke, and was away from home for 3 months (hospitalization, then a good deal of physical therapy). I can't tell you how glad all of us were that my parents could essentially live on the first floor of their house. Currently, my Dad has some pretty severe mobility problems, and can't get around without a walker. Again, we're thankful for single floor living.
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:30 PM
 
Location: California
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Back in the early '50s, my parents bought a Cape Cod style house and raised 6 children there. Their bedroom was on the first floor, as was a full bath. No basement, so washer and dryer were also on the first floor. The kids' bedrooms were upstairs, with another full bath.

At the age of 80, my mother had a very serious stroke, and was away from home for 3 months (hospitalization, then a good deal of physical therapy). I can't tell you how glad all of us were that my parents could essentially live on the first floor of their house. Currently, my Dad has some pretty severe mobility problems, and can't get around without a walker. Again, we're thankful for single floor living.
That's my favorite way of seeing a multi level home and I'm glad you're parents have been able to stay there! When my kids were entering the teen years I found some house plans online that I coveted, with the master bedroom + all the trimings on the ground level (but away from the living areas) and a couple bedrooms and a bath up top that would make ideal guest quarters or office/hobby rooms once the kids are gone.
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