Archive for Home Modifications

Cold Temperatures Are a Great Time For Inside Renovations

As summer weather starts to turn to fall, most contractors are starting to plan their schedules for the cooler weather.  During the fall, there’s still time to get window replacements or siding installs.  The cold winter months are the perfect time for inside work, like kitchen, bathroom or basement renovations.

If you’re thinking of indoor renovations, you’ll want to start planning now.

First, depending on the renovation, you may need to choose items so they can be ordered.  For example, if you’re doing a kitchen renovation, you’ll need to choose cabinets, counter tops and flooring so they can be ordered in time for renovation to start.

Second, the sooner you start planning, the sooner you can get on the contractor’s schedule.  In a lot of cases, contractors already have work scheduled into the fall and winter months.  So, if you want your project completed at a specific time, it’s vital that you plan early.

As part of the planning process, your contractor will work with you on choices you need to make and arrange for things like permits, subcontractors, etc., and keep you updated on specific timelines for your project.

Remember, work is usually scheduled and completed in the order contracts are signed. So, if you are planning indoor projects this winter, call your contractor today!

Spring Fever Brings Home Renovation Ideas

With the warm February temperatures we are having, many people are getting outside and working around the yard.  That time outside gave many people a chance to think about Spring and Summer projects.  If one of those projects includes an addition to your home, you’ll want to start talking to your contractor now.

There is a lot of planning that goes into renovations and additions to your home.  Most projects will require architectural drawings that can take time to be prepared and approved by your local codes office.  It’s important to give enough time for preliminary items to get completed so projects can be started and/or completed on your timeline.

It’s important to remember also that contractor’s schedule starts getting busier when warmer weather hits.  Most contractors complete work in the order the contracts are signed.  So, getting your project planning started early, gives you a better chance of getting your work completed sooner than those who didn’t.

If you’re unsure what items will be required for your renovation project, contact your contractor.  They will guide you through the entire process and make sure you’re happy your renovation or addition.

Aging in Place – The Latest Trends in Home Renovation

001_seniorsThe Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

Many senior citizens prefer to remain in their homes and not have to enter a nursing home or move in with a family member…at least not until they absolutely have to. In order to make this happen, your home made need renovations or modifications to ensure it is a safe place for you to live.

In the common household, there exist many risks for injury to older adults which impacts their capability to successfully age in place. Among the greatest threats is falling. According to the CDC, the leading cause of injurious death among older adults is falls. This makes fall prevention crucial to one’s ability to age in place.

Some common features in an everyday household that create possible dangers could be the lack of support in the shower or bathroom, inadequate railings on the stairs, loose throw rugs and obstructed pathways. Some modifications to your home can greatly decrease the risk of falling or other forms of injury.

Examples of home modifications include increased lighting, ramps, railings, grab bars, nonskid flooring, stair lifts and walk-in bathtubs. Other modifications can be made as well depending on your home and anticipated needs. Also, for multiple story homes, a first floor bathroom and/or bedroom may be added to your home.

Speaking to a good contractor can help you decide the specific needs and make plans for your home. Depending on your specific home, recommendations can be made to help you stay in your home longer.