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Building a Home You Can Live in Forever

February 12, 2021

Building a custom home takes a lot of thought, preparation and dedication to designing a space that will meet your needs and satisfy your wants. After all of that effort is put forth and the investment is made, the last thing you’ll want to do is pay for a renovation because accessibility has become a priority as you get older, or after an older family member has come to live with you. Choosing to design your custom home with accessibility and accommodations in mind today, will save you the headache and heartache of moving out of your dream home in the future. 

Weston Dean Custom Homes is dedicated to helping customers build a home they can live in forever, no matter what the future entails. After years of working through this process with homeowners, we have a few suggestions we hope you’ll consider when building your Texas Hill Country home. 

Single-story floor plans

Perhaps the simplest way to ensure accessibility in your home is by building it all on one level. Although many of the architectural styles we typically use are historically single-floor plans, there are still types that feature a second story. If you want this to be your forever home or plan on housing parents, grandparents or other older family members, we suggest keeping it all on one level. Whether you’ve fallen in love with one of our multi-story plans or are starting from scratch, we’ll work with you to create a custom layout that achieves your vision while also staying accessible. 

A ranch plan doesn’t have to mean you make any sacrifices on living space. Our design expertise will help make the most of every square foot of your home, while the sprawling lots we build on in the greater San Antonio area will provide more than enough room for your house, outdoor space, garages and any other features you desire. 

Open concept spaces  

Going with an open concept layout is another feature that will add to the accessibility of your home. Luckily, breaking out of the box and embracing open floor plans has been a trend for quite some time now, and we’re experts in creating living spaces that still provide a sense of separation through thoughtful design. 

Obviously some areas of your home will need defined rooms to serve their purpose, like bedrooms, bathrooms, media rooms and home offices. We’ll work to ensure the flow of the floor plan is optimized and that hallways, doorways and closets are wide enough to accommodate anyone with mobility limitations. 

Customize every aspect  

Once your layout is selected and design is underway, there are many other aspects of your home that can be customized to ensure you can live in it for decades to come. Counters and cabinets in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms can be built lower to reduce reaching. The same goes for light switches, thermostats and other home maintenance controls, while electrical outlets can be installed higher up on the wall. While you might not need a grab bar in the bathroom at the moment, reinforced walls can be built now to ensure that installation is simple down the road. Showers can include built-in seating, no-step entrances and handheld showerheads. The beauty of building custom is the ability to include or exclude certain features that typical home builders might overlook in terms of accessibility and usability. 

A trusted, experienced builder 

Bryan Mendenhall, the founder of Weston Dean Custom Homes, set out to provide San Antonio area homeowners with a better way to build Texas custom homes—and that means going the extra mile to create a space that you and your family can thrive in for decades. If you’re ready to start building a home you can live in forever, contact us today. 


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