Introducing the Renovation Team: TPD Architect

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 12, 2021

We want to introduce you to our incredible team of organizations working together to make our dreams for the future of Kirkwood come true! First up, we talked to Taylor Davis from TPD Architect:

“TPD Architect is a residential architecture, interiors and planning firm, where we specialize in helping families live longer in homes they love.  As a firm, we are focused on thoughtful design strategies to address the unique needs of our clients, whether that involves working with a growing family or a couple downsizing for the next chapter.   We have been delighted to be a part of the Kirkwood design team, specifically providing architecture and interior design services for the new Cedar Ridge Cottages.

The Cedar Ridge Cottages at Kirkwood represent a new offering for the Kirkwood by the River community, offering independent living cottages with all of the amenities that Kirkwood provides. These cottages, designed in a modern mountain aesthetic, support gracious living as well as ease of use, with sophisticated finishes and thoughtful touches. Drawing on our expertise in Aging in Place, we conceptualized three model homes that are uniquely designed to accommodate a variety of lifestyles, while at the same time providing features that make senior living just a little easier, including curbless showers, zero step entries, wider hallways, lever handles on doors and fixtures, and kitchen workspaces that can be used standing or seated.  We have so enjoyed working with the outstanding team at Kirkwood: their passion for service is evident in all that they do, and we can’t wait to see Cedar Ridge come to life.”

We are thrilled to be working with TPD Architect and can’t wait for their vision to come to life in the coming months!


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.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

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