In 2005, the Livable Design concept was born by the personal experience of an Eskaton board member, whose mother was no longer able to live independently in her own home as a result of how that home was designed. Eskaton, Northern California's premier nonprofit provider of community living and home-based support for older adults, took that experience and created Livable Design, a subsidiary corporation focusing on home environments that beautifully integrate long lasting functionality for a family’s ever changing lifestyle.
Livable Design created a certification program, encompassing inclusive, functional, beautiful and adaptable home environments to benefit all ages. Certification gives builders a unique opportunity to build homes that will enhance the viability and marketability of their future communities, and gives homeowners a home to enjoy for everything they expect in life, and everything they don’t.
Like most innovations, people need to see it. Touch it. Feel it. We knew that if people experienced the house and were able to touch, see and use the elements up close and personally, they would understand how this concept could influence the future of home building, while at the same time capture the beauty and comfort traditional homes offer.
The Livable Design National Demonstration Home was built in Roseville, California, in October 2008 after years of research and development collaboration with respected industry leaders. For more than three years, the home was open for public tours where visitors learned how to integrate beautiful, functional design into their home environments, making a home livable for a lifetime. Now, while the home is no longer open for in-person tours, the demonstration home is reaching more people globally, through an online virtual tour.