The Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Living Space

The following is post No. 6 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started. 2. Finding the Experts. 3. The Entryway. 4. The Bathroom. 5. The Kitchen. One of the great features of the home we’re working on is the open living space between the living …

Builders Learn the Importance of ‘Women-Centric’ Homes

Single women are the second-largest group of homeowners after couples, and they purchase almost twice as many homes on a first-time and repeat basis than single men do, reports the National Association of Home Builders. More women than men live alone, and single women are more likely to own their homes than single men (56 percent compared to 47 percent). Recognizing that in 91 percent of home sales, women are the prime drivers of the transaction, more and more builders …

Talking About the Home You Want

Have you ever thought, “I wish my kitchen looked like that,” when you visited a friend’s house or watched a home design show on TV? Do you share a home with a spouse, other family member, partner or pal? If you answered yes to both questions – and you’re actually considering redecorating or renovating your home – the most helpful first step may be to have a conversation. Many couples have casual and sporadic conversations about changes they want to …

3 Steps to a Safe & Soothing Bedroom

We spend one third of our lives in our bedrooms and, like you, I want to relish the time I spend there. But that’s not so easy if the bedroom is cramped, cluttered, or uncomfortably warm or chilly. And for anyone who spends more time in the bedroom because of a medical condition, a comfortable bedroom is a must. If you’re looking for ideas on how to redo your bedroom, read on.  I’ll share with you three simple things I …

Window Treatments That Make Sense … and Are Pretty Too!

It’s cherry blossom time in New York and, besides gardening, I’ve become obsessed with window coverings. Spring brings the promise of guests and the brilliance of the summer sun and, quite frankly, I’m not prepared for either. I’ve removed the former owner’s black out shades in the guest room, but haven’t gotten around to replacing them. It feels bare. Not exactly the feeling you’re after in a guest bedroom, is it? The master bedroom, which looks out over the wetlands, needs new window coverings …

Making an Entrance

Doors are opening for all of us in the world of home design. Never before have we had such a range of choices in home goods and new designs to help us age more gracefully in our own homes. But deciding what projects to tackle can be daunting, especially when money is tight. Believe me, I know. I bought my first home six months ago, and my list of things to do grows longer every day. Like you, I long …