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Adding an In-law Suite Can Be A Good Thing!

There are times in life when circumstances beyond their control force families to come together and join forces to help each other. Whether it be for economic reasons or for health reasons, there may come a time when children have to move back in with their parents or there may be a time when parents have to move in with their children. In fact, the AARP reports that the number of households nationwide that now have more than two generations living together under one roof has expanded by more than six million people over the past few years. Money is usually the primary reason why multiple generations move in together, but health care issues and strong family bonds are also factors.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) believes that home remodels can help families accommodate these life changing situations. Whether the remodel is to be designed to accommodate living quarters for a younger couple who may have a child or if it is to be designed to accommodate an aging parent that may need handicap accessibility, there are many design options available that can not only enhance the livability of your home, but can also keep your homes’ functionality intact.

The functionality of a home is very important, especially over the long term. Functionality of a home generally starts with a good design. Not only is it important to make sure that a Room Addition is designed properly to keep your home’s integrity intact, but a good remodeler also knows it is important to help take special care of the minor concerns as well, such as a missing electrical outlet or a missing light switch. Although these minor details are important, it is the Room Addition itself that must be designed to compliment your existing home.

Multi-generational households often require some design principles to be incorporated to help increase the accessibility for everyone who will be living in the home. NARI remodelers have the ability to tap into the special needs of their clients and incorporate them into the design.  It’s all about personalization of each job. Before getting started, it is important to know if the added space will be for a young family with a small child or if it will be used by empty-nesters. This should all be planned out in advance and taken into consideration when designing a project, long before the actual job is started.

So, whether you are thinking about adding an in-law apartment over the garage, a room off the back of your home or a second story addition over your existing house, you will have to look at your own particular situation, determine how much more room you will need, and then decide what will work best for you. You will not only want to consider how the design will affect your existing home, but you will want to consider how it will impact those of you who will all be living together under the one roof together. With the proper planning and design, it can be a very pleasurable experience and a time when your family can enjoy the closeness of being together and appreciate knowing that this is what being a family is all about.

Contact American Housing Remodeling, Inc. at 727-546-6611 for more information on the Remodeling or the adding of a Room Addition or In-Law Suite on to your home. American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72 Ave N in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781.

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New Lead Paint Rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency are now in effect and affects all homes built prior to 1978.

The EPA’s New Lead Paint Requirements for Builders and Remodelers

On April 22, 2010, a contractor performing any type of renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978, must now be an EPA-approved certified renovator and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

When working on a home that test positive for lead paint, the EPA lead paint approved renovator  must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three procedures:

  • Contain the work area.
  • Minimize dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, makes it sound as though these are very simple procedures, in reality they are not quite so easy. These procedures can quickly become very complex and can sometimes become quite costly. From the initial intrusive lead paint test itself, to the workers having to wear hazmat type suits in the contaminate areas, the procedure can become quite “interesting.” Oddly enough, after all of these safety precautions are taken to protect the home’s occupants and keeping the lead dust contained so as not to enter the surrounding atmosphere, they then simply allow you to dispose of the debris in any dumpster. Go figure.

Now, even though this new rule will cover an estimated 79 million homes, the EPA itself estimates that a significantly smaller number of homes — about 38 million — still contain lead paint. Luckily, the Tampa Bay area is said to have relatively few homes with lead paint.

This new rule now requires remodelers and all other contractors disturbing more than six square feet of painted surfaces in pre-1978 homes, to dictate lead-safe work practices, pre-renovation consumer education and record keeping of work done.

The EPA has also partnered with the non-profit Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on a public relations campaign to help increase home-owner awareness of the rule.

The EPA said it was working on providing NAHB members with clarification on how the rule will apply to homes that were under construction before 1978 but not completed until after that time, when lead paint was no longer allowed.

The rule also requires remodelers to give records to their customers within 30 days of completing the job, including a checklist confirming that they followed the required lead-safe work practice steps.

American Housing Builders, Inc. and American Housing Remodeling, Inc. are now EPA lead paint certified and can handle all jobs that present itself. Please feel free to call us for more information at 727-546-6611, or simply go to the “Contact Us” page of our website and send a request for more information.

Click here to read more on the new EPA Lead Paint rule.

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