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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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Adding on that Master Bedroom

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English: Picture of the master bedroom at Highgrove (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You love your home and you love your neighborhood, but your home is just not big enough and you are wondering what you can do about it. With your children getting bigger and needing more room themselves, maybe it is finally time to make your home for functional for you and your family.

The answer may be as simple as adding a Master Suite on to your home. Maybe that beautiful new bedroom with french doors leading to your enclosed patio, along with a huge walk in closet and an exotic bathroom with a whirlpool tub and oversized shower is finally within your reach. Maybe it is what you have been working and hoping for, for all those years. Maybe it is finally time for you to invest in yourself, your home, and your future.

American Housing Remodeling can help you attain that dream. American Housing can help guide you through the design process, while helping you stay within your budget. We can then help turn your dream of a bigger, better and more beautiful home into a reality.

American Housing Remodeling have been building custom homes and building one and two story room additions in the Pinellas County and Tampa Bay area for close to twenty years. So, if you are looking for the wisdom, trust and professionalism that comes only from a company that has years of experience behind them, then call American Housing Remodeling at 727-546-6611 for a Free in home estimate.

 

 

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BUILDER / REMODELER CHECKLIST

Redington Beach 2nd Story Room Addition

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. wants to be your remodeling contractor, but we know we have to earn your trust first. This is a great checklist from the NAHB that will help you select the right home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home. After checking us out, we feel confident that you will see why so many others have selected American Housing to be their builder for life.

  • Ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
  • Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: http://www.bbb.org/.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

Click here for more information from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

American Housing Remodeling, Inc. is located at 6580 72nd Ave North in Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 and can be contacted at 727-546-6611.

 

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Sunrise over The Tampa Bay Area
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The materials you use to remodel can make a big difference in your health and that of the planet. You may be able to save money, too. This video makes several suggestions, particularly about floor coverings, that are highly applicable to Tampa Bay area Florida home remodeling projects.

How to remodel for a green home

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Here is a quick and painless video presentation outlining a few considerations regarding your choice between remodeling your house or constructing a new one.

2) Location, location, location
Are you tied to your current location? Does a specific school district keep you planted in place? Do you have a great lake lot? If the answer is yes, then your home is a candidate for remodeling. If not, getting exactly what you want can be achieved through building a custom home.

See the whole article here.

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