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The Concept of Universal Design

“Universal Design” is a concept to help people design their homes at an earlier age so their homes will be more ready for them as they age. If you are like the majority of Americans over the age of 55, you may want to continue living in your existing home as you age because it is a familiar environment. According to research, older home owners are now overwhelmingly “aging-in-place,” which means they are now living in their homes longer because they feel safe, independent and more comfortable. So, if you are thinking about remodeling, purchasing or having a new home built, you may want to consider incorporating some features into your home that will help you as you get older.

First off, you will want to have a clear path of travel to the entry of your home. You may also want to consider a low step entry with a low threshold, a sensor light focusing on your front door lock, a non slip floor covering in your foyer, a peep hole in your front door, and a surface to set packages on once you open the front door.

Then there may come a time when you, or someone you love, will be forced to deal with getting around in a wheelchair. That will force you to make some modifications anyway, so there are some things you could do ahead of time to make that transition easier. A couple of things to think about would be to consider using 36 inch interior doors to bedrooms and bathrooms giving you a full 32” clear width opening to those rooms. You may also want to try and design in a 5 foot by 5 foot turn around space in the living area, the kitchen and at least one bedroom and one bathroom. Hallways should be well lit with a minimum of 36 inches of clearance or even wider. Levered door handles is another idea to consider, which would allow easier entry access into your rooms and closets.

There are other ideas to consider also, such as having extra windows for more natural lighting, a wider garage with a higher garage door opening to accommodate lift vans, adjustable or varied counter heights with removable base cabinets to allow easier access to cabinets and counter tops. A couple of other ideas may include roll out trays, cabinet drawers and lower upper cabinets for easier reach.

Adding bracing in walls around tubs, showers, and toilets for installation of future grab bars would be something to seriously consider when building or remodeling. Installing a curbless shower and a toilet that is about 2 ½ inch taller than a standard toilet are also things to consider when designing a bathroom.

A couple more ideas may include a front load washing machine for easier handling. Adjustable closet rods and shelving, lighting in closets, rocker switches and programmable thermostats are a few more ideas that can be incorporated into your home to make your life more sustainable as you get older.

The term “Universal Design” was coined to describe the concept of designing home products that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age or ability. For more information on the “Universal Design” concept, call American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611, email us at info@amhousingremodeling.com or stop in at our Design Center at 6580 72 Ave North in Pinellas Park, Florida.

 

 

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When it is Time to Add on!

When it comes to adding a room addition on to your home, it can be a very concerning and stressful decision in itself and then you have to figure out how to get the process rolling.

The first thing to do is to try and figure out exactly what it is you want to do and how much room you will want to add on. For example, do you need another bedroom, another bathroom or do you just need to add more living space on to your home. Once you have decided what type of room, or rooms you want to have built, then try and think about how it can be done. It may be more feasible to add on to the back of your home, or sometimes even the side of your home if there is enough room. Remember, when trying to decide where to add that extra room you must consider access. You don’t want to be having to walk through a bedroom or a bathroom to get to another bedroom or a living area. So try and keep access in mind when trying to decide how to layout that added room.

Next, try and determine how much money you are able and willing to spend. That in itself will help to determine how much space and how elaborate your project will be. One of the most important things to do when designing a room addition is to remember that you want to enhance your home and to keep intact the style and design of your home as it is now.

Another possible way to go when trying to decide how to add on is up. Sometime the best way to add on to your existing home is to add a second story on to your home. It may be more expensive, but you will have fewer limitations.

If you have been thinking about giving your home a facelift anyway, now would be a good time to do it. While adding a room addition on to your home, it would be a great time for retrofitting your existing home with new roofing shingles, new energy efficient windows or maybe just a fresh paint job. Remember to try and take all these things into consideration when planning for your project.

The next thing you are going to want to do, and this is the important part, is to call American Housing Remodeling, Inc. American Housing Remodeling is Tampa Bay’s leading professionals when it comes to adding one and two story room additions on to your home. We will help you in all facets of the designing and building of your room addition and remodeling project. Just give us a call at 727-546-6611 or stop in and visit our Design Center at 6580 72 Ave N in Pinellas Park, Florida. We have many testimonials from past customers to help you feel comfortable with selecting American Housing as your remodeling contractor and we hope to hear from you soon.

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This video, from the Better Business Bureau, takes the approach that in planning for remodeling, you should focus on the deficiencies of your current kitchen in order to design a more usable food preparation and storage area. While browsing magazines of the remodeling persuasion may serve to give you ideas, in the end it is your needs and your daily routine that should determine your design.Call us– we’re the experts in The Tampa Bay/Pinellas area!

Kitchen Remodeling Video From BBB

Via: http://video.bbb.org/videos/Kitchen+Remodeling+Tips

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