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As you approach retirement, it’s natural to start thinking about downsizing and simplifying your living situation. One option that may appeal to you is a retirement living development, which typically offers a range of amenities and social activities designed specifically for seniors.

Moving into a retirement living development can be a big decision, and it’s natural to want to make sure you’re making the right choice. One important step in the process is viewing a show flat, which is a fully furnished model apartment that gives you an idea of what the units in the development look like and how they are laid out. Here are a few reasons why viewing a show flat is a crucial step in the decision-making process:

Get a feel for the space: Seeing a show flat in person will give you a much better sense of the size and layout of the units than you’ll get from looking at floor plans or photos online. You’ll be able to walk through the space and get a feel for the flow of the apartment, which can be helpful in determining if it will meet your needs. You’ll also be able to see how your furniture and belongings would fit in the space, which can be especially important if you have a lot of larger pieces.

Check out the finishes and features: A show flat will also give you the chance to see the finishes and features of the units up close. You’ll be able to see the quality of the appliances, countertops, and fixtures, and get a sense of the overall design aesthetic. This can be particularly useful if you have specific preferences or requirements, such as needing a walk-in shower or wanting stainless steel appliances

Imagine yourself living there: Finally, viewing a show flat will help you picture yourself living in the development. You’ll be able to see how you might use the common areas, such as the outside space or community room, and get a feel for the overall vibe of the retirement living community. This can be especially important if you’re planning on being an active member of the senior living community and want to make sure it feels like a good fit.

In addition to these benefits, viewing a show flat can also give you the opportunity to ask questions and get more information about the development. You can ask about the types of homes available, the amenities offered, and the policies and procedures in place. You can also inquire about any additional fees or costs associated with living in the development, such as monthly maintenance fees or fees for use of certain amenities.

Overall, viewing a show flat is an essential step in deciding whether a retirement living development is right for you. It will give you a much better sense of what you can expect from the units and the community, and help you make an informed decision. It’s a small investment of time and effort that can pay off in the long run by giving you peace of mind and helping you find the perfect place to call home in retirement.

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When you move into Royles Lodge in the seaside town of Thornton-Cleveleys you may be thinking of ways to make your brand-new apartment feel homely. We have pulled together some brilliant interior design ideas to make your fully integrated apartment feel like home from the moment that you arrive.


Storage: Each apartment comes with fitted wardrobes and a fully integrated kitchen as standard, which is extremely handy when moving in and means you have plenty of space for storage and this design maximises floor space for you to put your own spin on the retirement living apartment.


Upcycling: This is a very popular trend that is not only fun but, if you’re environmentally aware, it’s a great way to be eco-friendly. So, grab a paintbrush and give old bits of furniture a new lease of life and create something which is authentically yours.


As wardrobes are already integrated into your apartment, we would suggest upcycling a nightstand or a coffee table. Second-hand tables can be found on most marketplace websites and usually under £100. Depending on the piece you might need to simply sand away the rough edges and re-varnish the wood, or it might need an entire makeover, so why not grab a colour of your choice and make it your own? Doing this on a couple of pieces of wooden furniture can really set your apartment apart and make your home unique.


Displays: Gone are the days of displaying plates and vases, but displays can still be very on trend if you know what to display and where. For example, if you are a gin connoisseur your new over 55’s apartment could be the perfect place to display the beautiful bottles. Similar to Del Boy’s globe drinks bar (but far more classy), mini home bars are coming back in fashion. There is a wide variety of bar trolleys available at the moment and they can give your apartment a unique feel.


Drinks trolleys are not just stylish but practical too, you can place your bottles and glasses on it and put it in the open plan living space, which is perfect if you are entertaining guests. Another stylish hack is to gather some empty red wine bottles and put candlesticks in the top of them to create your very own holders, once again this is a sustainable display and that will always look great. When you entertain guests, they will be thrilled that they have the opportunity to use your own private bar!


Personal touches: When looking for retirement flats for sale in Thornton-Cleveleys you will see that all of our properties at Royles Lodge are all fully fitted with amenities, including an en-suite in the bedroom. Our modest and minimalist approach to styling means you can add exactly want to your retirement apartment make it a home. Hang personal photographs and pictures throughout your apartment to add a touch of colour and remind you of fond memories. If you want to keep your home looking minimal and sleek, we recommend using mounting tape to hang your pictures, so that they are snug to the wall’s, it is quick, easy and completely mess-free!


Jazzy flooring: Layered rugs are all the rage at the moment! Now, we know that the humble rug has always been a staple in any home, but these days you can get a rug any size with just about any pattern or picture on it so you will easily find several rug options that which will suit your aesthetic and make your retirement living apartment feel even more comfortable and cosy.


Having all of the essentials already fitted into your brand-new retirement home means that there is no need to worry about the overall layout or styling. Instead you can focus on personalisation and the little touches that will make your over 55’s apartment a peaceful haven.

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