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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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Buying New vs Adding On

Besides providing your home with more living space, a room addition can be a terrific investment. However, before moving forward with that room addition, there are a few things you might want to consider first. Look at your neighborhood’s home market values, the estimated cost of the room addition, getting the plans drawn and where and how to go about getting the necessary financing if needed. Consider your tolerance level for your family’s disruption during the actual construction period. While American Housing can help you with this and will work hard to make your experience as pleasant as possible, let’s face it, your home will be a construction site for a while and there will be some minor inconveniences. With that said, we will work together with you to make it as pleasant an experience as possible. The end result will be well worth it.

So, if your family is in need of more room and you already know that buying a new home is not the answer for you, then adding on a room addition, or even a second story room addition, may be just the solution. After all, you like where you live and you like your neighbors and your neighborhood.

It is also important to note that adding a room will probably be far less expensive than having to sell your existing home and then having to buy a new bigger home. Between the selling costs of your existing home, the price and the closing costs of purchasing your new home, the saving will most likely be substantial. Without going through all of that, you can have a home that will be more functional and more suitable to you and your family’s lifestyle and not even have to move.

Once you have decided to add that room addition, the first thing to do is to plan out what it is you want and remember that a good room addition design will be the key to your success. It is during this phase that the design for your room addition project and costs will be determined.  A good plan will ensure that the room addition project will go smoothly and will stay within your budget.

The planning stage of your room addition is also the time to determine how your project will be financed. There are various financing options available depending on the cost of your project. A home equity loan

is probably the most common way home owners obtain money for a room addition, but there is also the possibility of a personal loan or the refinancing of your existing home. And of course, there is always cash. Cash is a great way to go if you are in a position to do so.

Then there comes the time that you must decide on who is going to do the work. It is the decision of hiring the right remodeling contractor. One of the things you might want to do is to talk to your neighbors, friends and co-workers. It is always nice to know about the contractor you are considering using. Ask for references and maybe even go out and look at a job or two that is under construction. You want a reputable contractor that has a reputation for customer service, customer satisfaction and quality work. It is also nice to work with a contractor that plays an active role in the community. American Housing is a One and Two Story Room Addition remodeling contractor that fits that bill.

American Housing is a member of the NAHB, FHBA, TBBA, NARI, the Better Business Bureau, and Local Chambers of Commerce. American Housing also sponsors a local Little League baseball team and donates to many local charities.

You can visit American Housing’s Design Center at 7195 66th Street North in Pinellas Park or call us at 727-546-6611 for more information on our company and our services as one of Tampa Bay’s premier new home building and remodeling professionals.

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