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Aging in Place and Accessibility Remodeling Aug 2019 Blog

Posted On: August 02, 2019

Accessibility Remodeling and Aging in Place

The baby boomers are now reaching an age where we see an upswing in a trend for people desiring to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Consequently, modifications need to be made to accommodate the needs of an aging generation. Also, we see a growing need for home modification remodeling among our disabled veterans.

 Thankfully our disabled veterans have access to federal resources for help with the cost of disability remodeling. The Department of Veterans Affairs promotes independent living for disabled veterans through several programs. Based on your disability, you may be eligible for a grant to make modifications to your home. One site to help get you started is https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/veterans/make-a-home-accessible-with-department-of-veterans-affairs-programs

 What about seniors who live on a fixed income? Remodeling can be expensive. Are there any resources available to help them make their home more accessible? The short answer is yes. Check with your local Area Agency on Aging, State Housing Finance Agency, Welfare Department, Community Development Groups, or the Federal Government for what resources may be available to you. One site not to miss  is https://longtermcare.acl.gov/.

  Different physical conditions require different home modifications. Even diseases like emphysema or diabetes need to be taken into consideration when planning to age in place. Wheelchair accessibility, or walkers, scooters, stair lifts, or other special needs equipment will need to be part of the renovation planning. Luckily there are different organizations for both seniors and disabled veterans that can help them plan a home renovation to keep them in their existing home.

 Some remodeling ideas which help make aging in place/accessibility renovation easier are; doorways, landscapes, ramps, lifts, flooring, & bathrooms. Creating approachable entrances, wider front doors, and less cumbersome landscapes is a great place to start.

          

 Once inside the home stairs can be an obstacle. A stair lift, whether horizontal or vertical, can provide ease of access to an upper or lower floor. All inside doorways will need to be widened to 36 inches or more for wheelchair accessibility.

       

 Vinyl or laminate flooring is best for wheelchairs and easier on the body if a fall happens. It is much more forgiving that hardwood or tile flooring.

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 Even small things like light switches will need to be lowered on a wall if a wheelchair accessible remodel is necessary. A great way to take care of electrical hindrances is through the new technology available with Smart Home Additions. These technological additions can affect, lights, thermometers and door locks which can be controlled by voice activation.

                                    

 Another larger scale renovation for both aging in place and accessibility remodeling is the bathroom. Open space for wheelchairs, touch operated faucets, higher than standard toilets with grab bars, walk in or rolling showers with seats and grab bars and held shower heads as well as lever handled water valves all make for great accessibility in the bath.

            


So how expensive is it. Well that depends on the renovations undertaken. However, according to longtermcare.acl.gov/costs-how-to-pay/costs-of-care.html  cost of living for elderly or rehabilitative living can be astronomical:

  • $225 a day or $6,844 per month for a semi-private room in a nursing home
  • $253 a day or $7,698 per month for a private room in a nursing home
  • $119 a day or $3,628 per month for care in an assisted living facility (for a one-bedroom unit)

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Obviously the costs speak for themselves, the home renovations are much more economical that the institution solution.

  Home improvements and structural alterations can help aid those wishing to age in place or the disabled with their special adaptation requirements for independent living. Loebrich Contracting can help with All your remodeling needs!

 

 

 

 


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Multi-generation home remodeling blog July 2019

Posted On: July 05, 2019

July Blog 2019

Accommodating Multiple Generations

          

In 2019 remodeling contractors are seeing a trend in renovations which will accommodate multiple generations.  Some families are choosing to put a complete addition onto their existing home in order to co-exist separately, yet as a  whole multi-generational family unit.

                 

Others choose to remodel an existing space in their current home like a basement. Mother- in- law basement apartments are quite common these days.

                  


Yet, others simply choose to combine two bedrooms into one space with an adjoining bath.

                

Still others are choosing to remodel their downstairs into a smaller living, kitchen, and dining areas so that a bedroom and en suite can be added to the first floor with wider doors and hallways making it accessible for wheelchairs/ walkers aging family members may require.

              

The rise in these additions and alterations can be attributed to the growing number of grandparents providing childcare. In addition, the cost of living alone versus the cost of institutional living is skyrocketing for senior citizens. Childcare and retirement living can both be extremely expensive.  Thrifty and savvy families are finding the benefit of combining living space and income as a multi-generational family unit. They are seeing the economic advantages on both sides as well as positive mental welfare for the family as a whole.

               


Before you leave our blog have a look at our project of the week!


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Subway Tiles In or Out Blog June 2019

Posted On: June 07, 2019

SUBWAY TILES….IN OR OUT FOR 2019?


Subway Tiles are/were a hot trend. Well which one is it you ask… was or is??? It depends on whom you talk to. But the trend does seem to be leaning away from the clean-cut aesthetic look to some different designs.

So, what could possibly be trending in tile you ask? Let’s Explore….

Harlequin Tile- aka Rhomboid or diamond pattern elongated, not square, is making a new debut in the design setting. The pattern was actually derived from early theatrical costumes.


 Moroccan Tile- design was first introduced in the 10th century.  Originally from Morocco Spain and known for their hypnotic geometric patterns and vibrant colors, it could be known in the future as tile’s historical “comeback kid”.


Fish Scale Tile-Moroccan in style aka Ogre Drop Tile is also emerging in design trends. It’s an upside-down tear drop tile. It’s an S curve consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite directions so that the ends are parallel.  Sometimes they are referred to as the Moroccan Fish Scale Tile.


Geometric Design Tile originated from early Arabic and Roman times. They were reborn in the Victorian era by mass producing tiles of one color and then putting them together for a relatively cheap tile floor. A great example would be the checkerboard floor pattern, a mix of black and white mass produced squares used together and being reborn for today’s modern retro design teams.


Cement Tiles- a hot trending old tile. Often termed encaustic cement tiles whose origins can be traced to Barcelona Spain. These are found extensively all over the world except for the United States. However, this is beginning to change as a trend here is helping them to make a huge resurgence.  But this resurgence has a high price tag and is coupled with a lot of elbow grease to maintain their looks.  Luckily knock off porcelain cement tiles offer an affordable alternative.


Metal Tiles- originally made in the United State for ceilings before WWII. Recently the tiles have been scaled down to fit back splashes, cabinet faces and much more.

Not yet "untrendy" the Subway Tile! Their name is derived from the underground subways in NYC where they were first installed to associate the white sparkling cleanliness of the tile with the subways!! They were incorporated into kitchens, bathrooms, butcher shops and anywhere that cleanliness was associated. Hard to believe the subways of today were once associated with pristine cleanliness. Although there has been a huge trend in the last 10 years, other tiles are beginning to steal the limelight from them.

Whether a hot trend or on the way out, subway tile is being replaced by some new tile designs making their way onto the design scene.


Before you leave our blog take a look at our project of the month… Kitchen remodel with a metal tile backsplash...

 

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Sunroom Vs. Screenroom Blog May 2019

Posted On: May 03, 2019


Sunroom Vs. Screenroom Blog

 

                                 OR

  

On one hand I want a sunroom on the other hand I want a screened in porch…how do I decide?

Thinking about adding a screened in room or a 3 season room to your home?  Either can be a great addition, as long as you consider the Pro’s and Cons of each room while evaluating how one or the other will fit your lifestyle and vision for your new room.

How to decide which is better for you:

  1. What is your budget?
  2. What are you goals for the space?
  3. Where in the US is your geographical location?

If your budget is on the lower side a screened in porch/patio should be considered. If you want a place to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and breezes of summer a screened in room is perfect for you.  Outdoor furniture works best in a screen room and, although technically you could, I would suggest you leave the big screen tv indoors. A screened room will provide you with protection from sun and bugs while keeping you in the very heart of nature. In the Southern US and warmer climate states, screened in porches can be used year-round.

If you have a larger budget a 3 Season room can be used year-round depending on the geographical location. Permanent furniture and electronics can be utilized in this room. HVAC can be installed to help keep the climate of your sunroom comfortable. A sunroom will provide you with complete protection from outdoor elements whether it is bugs or sideways rain. All the windows keep you surrounded by nature without being exposed to all its temperaments.

If you want to experience those long summer days and wonderful summer nights without bugs, a screened room is calling to you.  Imagine cocktails by candle light without it being a citronella candle.  You can hear the crickets singing and not wake up with welts from the mosquito bites the next day. Think about a wonderful picnic lunch without the flies landing on your food! If this sounds like your happy place a screen room is right for you.

If you want to watch the leaves turning on a chilly fall day while you are toasty warm and surrounded by all that color, a 3 Season room is calling to you.

Before you decide, consider the following:

Screen room Pros                                      Screen room Cons

Lower Cost                                       Only use in warm weather <unless located in Southern US>

No Bugs                                             No protection from blowing rain

No $ spent on HVAC

                        OR

 3 Season Room Pros                     3 Season Room Cons

No Bugs                                                Higher Cost 

Use 3 Seasons                                      Heating/Cooling cost

Ability to heat or cool

Protection from all elements

  OR 

Either room can enhance your interaction with the outdoors without having to leave your home. If you carefully consider your budget and long term goal use during the planning stage, a screen room or 3 Season room will add unprecedented value to your home! And as always, Loebrich Contracting is your qualified professional for either choice plus all estimates are free! And we offer 100% financing to those who qualify.

Before you leave our blog check out our project of the month!





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April 2019 Blog Retractable Awning Season

Posted On: April 05, 2019

Retractable Awning Season Is Here!!!!

 What exactly are your available choices with retractable awning season?  

 When people think of a retractable awning, they may have tunnel vision.