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Aging-In-Place

Aging-In-Place Design enables people to have their homes be pre-user friendly before they would be forced to remodel due to illness, handicap, or condition that would require them to leave their home and have to go into a healthcare facility.  By thinking about this ahead of time and implementing certain design/remodeling changes one can extend the usefulness and enjoyment of living at home. As I am sure most of you are aware, the US population is comprised of a large portion of Baby Boomers (people over the age of 55).  I am one of those persons, so I can write this article with some firsthand experience.  My generation is significantly different from previous generations in that our professional desires, general health, life span, and overall view of what retirement  is, has a different mindset than my parents had.   I intend to work well into my 70’s or even perhaps 80’s.  Retirement to me means just  cutting down a few hours in my work day.  I love my work and really have no plans to formally retire. So why should I be concerned with Aging-In-Place Design?  The reason is quite simple.  Just as I have provided for my financial retirement, it is […]

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Thinking Green

Thinking Green

 If there is one undeniable truth that I have learned in my 30+ years of practicing Architecture and building remodeling projects is that this is a cyclical business. In the late 70’s and early 80’s the buzz words were: ENERGY CONSERVATION (DUE TO THE OIL SHORTAGE) HEALTHY LIVING (DUE TO ASBESTOS HAZARDS IN BUILDING MATERIALS) DURABLE PRODUCTS (DUE TO A BACKLASH FROM THE CREATION OF CHEAP, DISPOSABLE PRODUCTS FLOODING THE BUILDING MARKET) CLEAN ENVIRONMENTS (DUE TO POLLUTION OF LAND, SEA, AND AIR) Now along comes “THINKING GREEN” as the new buzz word for 2010 and beyond. I have now lived long enough to see the day when everything old is new again. However, I believe this time it is a horse (or in this case” house”) of a different color (green). Everything old is new again has taken on a new meaning. The three “R”s of the green movement are leading the way: REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE We now need to reduce the amount of trash and waste we create. We need to reuse items such as boxes and grocery bags. And we need to recycle such things as cans, newspapers, and bottles. So how does “THINKING GREEN” relate to […]

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Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing Your Home

Today’s topic is winterizing your home. I know what you are thinking, this is middle of summer and it is not time to think about cold weather! Actually now is a very good time to start thinking about winterization. So many people wait till the last second, generally when the snow is on the ground, to react to winter. All I am saying is plan your work and start to make your checklist so when the time comes you will have already done your home work . Then all you have to do is work your plan. So what kinds of things should you have on your list: 1. Close vents to crawlspaces. Too many of our clients forget to do this. This can cause serious damage to pipes, and you need to consume much more energy to heat your rooms. 2. Add insulation to poorly insulated spaces. Once we get into moderate temperatures, go around your house and try and remember which were cool spots that could be addressed with additional insulation. Have your attic checked out to see if there is a minimum of R=30 insulation (and preferably R=38). 3. Verify that there is proper ventilation in your […]

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