Remodeling a Bathroom for Aging in Place

Guest post by Bruce Case, Case Design/Remodeling “Is this the house we’ll retire in?” Crystal and Chris K. frequently asked one another about their home in Silver Spring, Md. The question was important because the answer would determine if they’d remodel or sell their house. If they stayed, some home renovations would be needed in order to successfully age in place. If they eventually moved, a home renovation wouldn’t be all that worthwhile. When Chris and Crystal ultimately made the …

Talking About the Home You Want

Guest post by Beth Tracton-Bishop, The Hartford Center on Mature Market Excellence 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. …

Habitat ReStores Have Deals on Home Remodeling Supplies

With winter in full swing and cabin fever becoming an almost constant malady, I usually turn my attention to an endless list of indoor home remodeling and improvement projects. See also: Repair or replace? Much to my wife’s chagrin, I insist on undertaking almost every project myself to save money and because I actually enjoy working with my hands and the challenge of mastering new skills. As I like to tell my wife when it comes to my zeal for …

Future Housing Market Depending on Boomers

LAS VEGAS – The National Association of Home Builders says the future housing market will depend heavily on baby boomers. Paul Emrath, vice president of survey and housing policy research for NAHB, expects the number of single-family housing starts in 55+ communities to increase 22 percent this year and an additional 20 percent in 2014. This demographic will also contribute to 50 percent of all multi-family housing starts in 2014. “We expect to see an increased demand for 55+ housing as …

"Empty Nest" can just mean a "New Nest"

Everyone knows about “empty nest syndrome.” People warn those whose children quickly grow up and head out on their own that there will be a feeling of loneliness around the nest – and that may very well be true for some, but this great article in the Chicago Tribune takes a different look at the empty nest – and I like this point of view! The article profiles a couple who took the opportunity to redesign their home when their …

Power Up! Rather, Power Down!

Become more energy efficient and save yourself some dough!