Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood: Cumberland

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 05, 2021

Today we want to introduce to you, the Cumberland floorpan from our new cottage home construction plan!

From our talented architect, Taylor Plosser Davis:

“Introducing Cumberland, one of three cottages at Kirkwood by the River designed by TPD in association with KPS Group. Each of the Cedar Ridge Cottages incorporates elements designed specifically for independent living, without sacrificing style or quality. As the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies has pointed out, only one percent of existing homes in the United States include elements considered important for independent senior living, including zero step entries, wider openings, owner suites on the main level, controls located within reach of sitting, and lever handles on doors and faucets. In contrast, each of the Cedar Ridge cottages features all of these elements, as well as curbless showers, graciously open living spaces, and screened porches available for each model.”

This home includes:

652 Unconditioned Square Feet, 1595 Conditioned Square Feet, and 2247 Total Square Feet
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
2 Car Garage
Front Patio
Screened In Back Porch

We’re thankful to have such a talented group of locals on our project team – Taylor Plosser Davis in association with KPS Group, Stewart Perry, Schoel Engineering and Environmental Design Studio, Inc. Thanks to Mark Thompson of Thompson Placemaking for this rendering of Cumberland.
For more information about the new Cedar Ridge neighborhood – https://kirkwoodbytheriver.com/cedar-ridge/


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents