Articles on "Remodeling and Universal Design"
Aging in place can be easy if you choose the right place and plan ahead for future needs. Robert (Bob) and Fran Randolph have done both. The Randolphs live in a spacious condo in the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg, a welcoming community that is becoming part of the nationwide Village Movement. They have also remodeled their condo to make it more accessible, focusing particularly on a universally designed master bathroom that is both beautiful and functional. Bob, who has a Ph.D. […]
Perkins Eastman Research Collaborative and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently published a white paper, “Excellence in Design: Optimal Living Space for People With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.” The extensive report details best design practices and other considerations concerning residential care settings for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Release of this report comes as incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is escalating nationwide. Currently, it is estimated that more than 5 million Americans are living with the brain disorder, and […]
Do you dream of staying in the home you love long into your retirement years? Many of us share that dream but don’t think to make important changes early on so that our home is more livable as we age. The Hanley Wood “Home for Life” tool helps you prepare. Learn how to remodel your home so that you can save money, yet still live throughout retirement in safety and comfort. The photo-realistic online virtual tour focuses on the needs of a hypothetical […]
Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit Program. This program is designed to improve accessibility and universal visitability in Virginia’s residential units. It provides state tax credits for the purchase of new units or the retrofitting of existing housing units. Virginia allocates $1 million per year to the Livable Home Tax Credit Program. Tax credits are available for up to $5,000 for the purchase/construction of a new accessible residence and up to 50 percent for the cost of retrofitting existing units, not […]
Livable Home Tax Credit Program The Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit (LHTC) program is designed to improve accessibility and universal visitability in Virginia’s residential units by providing state tax credits for the purchase of new units or the retrofitting of existing housing units. Tax credits are available for up to $5,000 for the purchase/construction of a new accessible residence and up to 50 percent for the cost of retrofitting existing units, not to exceed $5,000. Any tax credit that exceeds […]
Remodeling magazine announced today the launch of Home for Life, a virtual home tour that showcases how to remodel a home to save money and live well throughout the retirement years. The first of the 76 million Baby Boomers turned 65 years old last year. A recent survey conducted by AARP revealed that 84 percent of Boomers would like to stay in their current home during retirement but only 16 percent have taken any steps to adapt their home for […]
By Michael Leite, P.E. Universal design has been defined as building environments that are accessible by anyone regardless of their physical limitations or disabilities. Much of the universal design concept has been codified in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In practice most situations involve the retrofitting of an existing space with all of its limitations rather than the construction of a new space in which the designer has an empty palette. In the retrofit situation, the design must […]
In 2011, the first baby boomers reached the traditional retirement age of 65, and by 2025, baby boomers will comprise about 25 percent of the total U.S. population. As this demographic group ages, one of their primary decisions will concern how their homes can accommodate them. According to a 2003 AARP study, more than three quarters of respondents said it’s important to have non-slip floor surfaces and bathroom aids such as grab bars or a bathing stool. But, while 80 […]
A 3′ by 3′ space can make or break a home’s suitability for aging in place. That’s the lesson that project manager Alex Daisley came away with after performing what is surely the Portland remodeling contractor’s tiniest small bathroom remodel to date. “It was really satisfying to hit so many universal design marks in such a small space,” says Daisley. “The homeowner came to us with an excellent, carefully designed plan, and now she’s really ahead of the curve in […]
Leslie Marks of the LifeEchos caught this interesting email promotion and we thought it would be fun to share with everyone in the spirit of Halloween! At ProAging we applaud Great Grabz with their creative approach to embracing a universal design product in this manner. The grab bars can be a fun and functional addition for all ages and abilities.