Design an Active Lifestyle

Please join us for lunch, and learn how the right home design can help you live more fully and independently.


Home design concepts that support aging in place are essential for independent living. Design professionals educated in health and wellness issues understand that attractive, comfortable, and safe spaces contribute to overall well-being.

You will learn more about the latest senior living trends and generational preferences in home design. Our guest speaker will also preview how Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood implements many of these features in our new cottage homes.

Seating is limited so RSVP before November 29 by clicking here



Dec 07 2021


12:00 pm

More Info



Sandi Hall
(205) 862-0305

Other Organizers

Lauren Sanderlin
(205) 956-2184


  • Taylor Davis of TPD Architect
    Taylor Davis of TPD Architect

    Taylor is the founder of TPD Architect, a residential architecture, interiors and planning firm that specializes in helping families live longer in homes they love. As an architect, Taylor is focused on thoughtful design strategies to address the unique needs of her clients, whether that involves working with a growing family or a couple downsizing for the next chapter.

    A mother of three, Taylor enjoys travel and her early morning bootcamp classes. She is a Councilor of the Birmingham chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Philip A. Morris Fund for Design Arts, a fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the AIA, is NCARB certified and completed her Aging in Place Certification through the National Association of Home Builders.

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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