A glimpse into retirement living properties – how homeowners are putting their own unique stamp on their apartments

Putting a unique stamp on your new retirement apartment doesn’t have to be all about how it looks – it’s also about creating a home that best suits your way of life…

John is an active part of lots of local organisations, so it was important to him that his apartment included a space where he could focus on his charity work. “I’ve never had a second bedroom,” he says. “I quickly turned that space into my study. I drew sketches of how it could work and set about bringing it to life.

“It has the same modern feel as the rest of the property but is very much my ‘workspace’. Although, I did have a custom pull-down bed built in for when my daughters come to stay.

“When I’ve finished my work, I like to be able to close the door and instantly step into relaxation mode, so I made sure my interior design supported that.

“I also paid special attention to the lighting throughout my apartment, as this can make all the difference to your space. My study has bright lights for when I need to concentrate at work, whereas I have softer lighting in the lounge and a reading light if I want to relax with a good book.”

Similarly, Geraldine and John Harrison, who also got the opportunity to work with Emma from the John Lewis Home Design Service, wanted to create a home that was as practical as it was beautiful…

Geraldine says, “I love to cook and enjoyed a large kitchen in our last home. Emma suggested that we extend the worktop and include some floating shelves for storage. It not only looks brilliant, but I have even more workspace than before which is wonderful.

“The finished design was better than we could have ever imagined. It’s us through and through, all our friends and family comment: ‘it’s very much you’ as soon as they walk through the door. It’s just perfect.”

You can check out the end result of the Harrison’s home makeover in the video below…

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