The Ultimate Guide to Age in Place Renovations

Moving into an assisted living facility may sound like a good idea at some point in your life, but you may prefer to spend as many of your golden years in the same home where you raised your family.  There is nothing wrong with doing this, especially if you have taken the necessary steps to ensure your safety.  After all, you may not move as well as the years go on.

An age in place remodeling specialist can assist you with planning any necessary renovations that you may need to make your home more accommodating for your future.  The age in place contractor that you choose can help you devise a plan to help you incorporate all the aging in place options that you may or may not need.

You may think that it is useless to do any age in place renovations now, before you need them, however, that is not the case.  These renovations should always be completed prior to them being needed, because if they are not, you will find yourself staying in a hospital or rehabilitation center longer until they are finished.  It is difficult to handle age in place construction on a home when cannot oversee the work!

There are plenty of things that you can do for your age in place renovations, but here are a few of the most common ones:

  • A wheelchair ramp or other way to incorporate a flat entry point to your home may end up being necessary if you ever need to be in a wheelchair.
  • The doors inside your home may need to be widened so you can fit through them with a wheelchair or walker.
  • If widening your doorways will not work, your age in place remodeling specialist may recommend removing your doors and installing pocket doors instead.
  • A walk-in tub will eliminate the need to step over the side of the tub to get inside, but you will still need to climb over a small step and maneuver through the small doorway.
  • Most people prefer to forgo the above mentioned walk-in tub and install a built-in seat within their shower. Placing an adjustable grab bar next to the seat will allow you to sit and get up easily and give you something to hold onto if you decide to stand as you are showering.
  • Your age in place contractor may always recommend that you install grab bars near your toilets.
  • Countertops can be lowered, or you can vary the height of some of them, so that you are able to use at least one of them if you ever need to use a wheelchair for any length of time.
  • Carpeting, faucets, and door handles are all other items that you may need to change during this process.

You shouldn’t think that you will never need any age in place renovations because you never know what the future may bring.  A little pre-planning with an age in place remodeling specialist can save you a ton of time in the future, especially if you are waiting not so patiently from a hospital bed to go home.

Learn more about licensed and insured general contractor Glen Miller the Home Doctor and the variety of home improvement services he offers clients including: home maintenance plans, handyman services, kitchen remodels, bathroom renovations, handicap ramp installations, age in place modifications, basements transformations, and hardwood flooring installation and refinishing at  To contact Glen Miller the Home Doctor call 734.255.9793 for a free estimate.

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Energy Efficient

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Energy Efficient

Whether it’s newly built or more than 100 years old, you want to feel comfortable in your home. As the seasons change, are you bothered by high heating or cooling bills, damp musty smells or drafty windows? Making your home more comfortable, in any season, can be as easy as following the advice in these six simple steps.

1. Have an Energy Audit or Home Consultation

Home consultations give you a basis for making decisions on which improvement should take priority, and which could be more cost effective. A free evaluation with a Farnum Insulators advisor will determine whether a more in-depth energy audit is necessary.

“The biggest surprise our customers have is when they call us to look at their attic insulation and we insist on inspecting their basements for potential moisture problems,” says Chad Farnum, owner of Farnum Insulators. “The reason is tightening a home without dealing with moisture can cause future problems.”

2. Caulking and Weather Stripping

This can be done yourself at a low cost. Simply caulking around window trim and baseboards can be very effective. Reducing drafts and heat loss will generate savings year after year. Weather stripping, a foam or felt product that is used to seal doors and windows, can be found at many hardware stores. Installation is as easy as pressing the adhesive down on a door frame!

3. Sealing Leaky Heating Ducts

The United States Department of Energy says, “Air ducts are one of the most important systems in your home and if the ducts are poorly sealed, or insulated, they are contributing to higher energy bills.” In addition, heating ducts are often located in the basement, where mold, mildew and moisture can be drawn into them and distributed throughout the house. Repairing these heating ducts at the joints is the best way to keep your hot/cool air system from spreading indoor pollutants, like mold spores, throughout your home and keep the conditioned air circulating well.

4. Insulate the Attic

Attic insulation is essential to keeping the hot or cold air from leaking out. “It’s so important to remove existing insulation rather than simply adding extra layers, since this insulation can contain pollutants like mouse droppings, dust, pollen, spiders or mold,” Farnum says. “Our approach is to remove the existing insulation as needed, air seal the attic space and then install a thick, 16” layer of cellulose insulation that meets today’s energy requirements.”

Heat loss into an attic space will melt snow on the roof creating dangerous ice dams, which could also lead to roof leaks causing extensive damage to a home.

5. Insulate the Basement, Crawl Space and the Rim Joist

Huge heating costs and drafty homes can often be attributed to poor insulation in basements, rim joists and crawl spaces. “By using techniques such as spray foam insulation on basement walls and rims, and installing vapor barriers on dirt floors, we’re able to greatly reduce moisture issues within a home,” says Farnum. “Older homes often have no insulation in basements. By insulating these areas we are not only helping to reduce a homeowner’s energy bill, but also reducing the infiltration of harmful gases, such as radon and other airborne particles, from entering the home.”

6. Install Interior Storm Windows

When you think of fixing drafty windows, often the go-to move is to replace the entire window. That’s an expensive option. Alternatively, Indow Windows may be a better, less costly option. These custom made interior acrylic panels work in conjunction with your existing windows to prevent heat loss and reduce drafts. Fitted with a silicone compression gasket, these durable interior storm windows are easy to install and remove seasonally.

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Original Date: June 11 2018

High-impact remodeling projects to transform your home


The warmer weather of spring often signals the beginning of home improvement season for many home owners. Whether the jobs are big, small, indoors or outdoors, the rejuvenation of springtime can provide great inspiration for rejuvenating your home.

Home owners remodel their homes for many different reasons. For some, they want to enhance their own comfort and enjoyment, while others are eyeing the potential return on investment when the time comes to sell. According to NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, remodeling one’s home is a good investment given the “strong price appreciation, inventory shortages of homes for sale and home owners’ desire for updated amenities.”

As the home building and remodeling industry celebrates National Home Remodeling Month in May, more home owners are making their dream homes become a reality by hiring a remodeling professional. Some of the most impactful projects that can transform an existing home include open-floor plan concepts, aging-in-place designs and energy-efficient modifications.

Create ‘New’ Space

Open floor plans continue to gain in popularity, as home owners are increasingly seek to make areas of their home feel more spacious and connected. Choosing to remove an interior wall or two can quickly breathe new life into an entire floor as more natural light fills the area, and friends and family can more easily interact with each other. Entertaining becomes easier and more enjoyable as larger groups can gather and move about freely in the space.

Design for Aging in Place

Enhancing to your home to better accommodate your mobility needs as you get older can also be an upgrade in style and comfort for others in your household. For example, a bathroom upgrade where luxury meets universal design might include a large walk-in shower with zero-threshold, a built-in teak bench or tile corner seat and multiple showerheads. And a new kitchen island may add an eye-catching look and adaptive conveniences with multi-level countertops, a deep drawer for dishes, a built-in microwave and a sink with a hands-free faucet.

Go ‘Green’

Remodeling your home doesn’t just fulfill your family’s dream of living in a more comfortable and stylish home. It can also lead to significant savings on utility costs while improving air quality for better health and strengthening the long-term value of your home. Some of the top upgrades that can make a home more energy efficient include installing high-efficiency windows and low-flow water fixtures, replacing dated appliances and older HVAC systems with ENERGY STAR®-rated models, and increasing or upgrading the quality of insulation.

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Original Date: May 11 2018

Written By: Cindy Kosloski