KEPHART partook in our first R&D day to explore the topic of aging and what it means to age and live in style.
Listed below are the wide array of ideas that we generated.
ConTouring appeals to a flexible lifestyle which starts with the design of an adaptable market-rate apartment that expands/contracts based on resident needs. The home utilizes state-of-the-art technology designed for those who are 50+ to optimize continual independent living. The apartment is part of a larger network which allows residents to exchange their apartment with any in the network to travel, visit family/friends or to accommodate a live-in care giver.
Common Threads is a non-profit community service program which fosters the bond between generations by highlighting their “common threads” through storytelling. Common Threads will achieve this goal primarily through a high school program where students are taught the skills necessary to interview individuals who are 70+ about their life experiences. These stories will be recorded, archived, and made available to the public to serve as a link between past, present, and future generations. Other services will grow from this mission; including education, generational mentoring, and a searchable historical archive for the community.
For more information about Common Threads, click here.
The Grow House
The Grow House is a home designed for indefinite occupancy by the owner. This is accomplished by including universal design-based appliances and an additional flexible living space called “The Adiutor” (Latin for Helper) within the home. The flexibility of this homes’ space allows for many uses beyond the benefit of being able to age-in-place for as long as possible. The flex space accommodates the varying needs of an evolving family cycle. The space can be utilized for a home daycare provider, rented out for extra income, or transitioned into living quarters for an assisted-care provider.
Home Retirement vs. Retirement Home
87% of people reject institutionalized housing, choosing to maintain their independence at home at any cost. By deconstructing a retirement home into its basic parts and injecting it into a suburban context, a helper or “facilitator” within the neighborhood will enable aging residents within a localized radius or “HRN” (Home Retirement Network) to safely maintain their independence. Our aging population is often downsizing, no longer able to gain access to a basement or second level. Locating our facilitators into these spaces will repurpose otherwise wasted space for a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship.
Lighthouse is a community-based organization that provides personal assistance on all things “life-centered” with the support of a life coach. Our goal is to be a local, trustworthy source to help individuals that are over 50 achieve their goals and connect with the people and resources they need to make their lives easier and more fun!
Welcome to Sunrise Valley. Where the Forever Young Live. Our community was designed with the AGE-LESS (Assisted Generational Environment providing Love, Energy, and Sustainable Spaces) at heart in body and mind. This community provides an all-encompassing environment of service and activities for all ages and needs while providing a stress-free environment in regards to mobility by designing around the RTD Light Rail.
The Tree House
“Things do not change’ we change.” Henry David Thoreau. The Tree House is designed to challenge this idea; to allow homes to easily adapt and grow as lives change. This is done through the addition/subtraction of attached modules known as “branches,” or detached accessory dwelling units known as “seeds.” The core home starts with a universally designed living space built to accommodate the addition of multiple branches. Branches can be added in multiple configurations depending on lot size. Seeds, like the core house, are designed to stand alone so when no longer needed they can be sold or gifted to family.
KEPHART is pleased to announce that we have been named “Architect of the Year” by Builder and Developer Magazine. Every year, Builder and Developer magazine announces the best of the best based on industry nominations and Peninsula Publishing staff research. This year the magazine named KEPHART as their “Architect of the Year” for our cutting-edge design trends that lead the way.