A ‘Home Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Entryway

This is entry No. 3 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project to make a Florida house better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started, 2. Finding the Experts. The entryway is one of the most important areas that need to be addressed in a home for life design. No steps, a minimal threshold and a 36-inch clearance maximize access into and out of the home for people of all ages …

A ‘Home Fit’ Remodeling Project: Getting Started

As an occupational therapist and aging-in-place consultant, I am frequently asked to assess a home for its ability to meet the functional needs of the people who are or will be living in it. Sometimes I’m called in by a caregiver who needs advice about how to make bathing or transporting a resident of the home easier. Other times I’m consulting for retirees who want to redesign their home for accessibility due to common aging ailments such as arthritis, diminished …

Remodeling a Bathroom for Aging in Place

“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 decision to remain in their current home, …

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 …

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 …