5 home improvement projects perfect for fall

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With the hot weather behind us and the cool temperatures not too far off, fall is the best time to do some maintenance work around the house and yard here in the Ark-La-Tex. If you have multiple jobs that are a bit too big for you to handle on your own, consider enlisting the help of a single, general contractor who can do everything from patching your roof to replacing your windows to sealing your patio. Here are five areas of your home that might need some attention before it’s gets cold outside:

1. Windows

If your house was too hot over the summer or if some rooms were hotter than others, it could mean your windows aren’t doing a good job of keeping the weather outside where it belongs.

Old, single-pane windows or leaky windows won’t do any better at keeping the cold air out and your expensive, heated air in during the winter.

Before it gets cold, consider investing in energy-efficient, double-pane windows that will preserve your comfortable, heated air and keep the cold out of your house.

You could caulk and weather-strip around the windows to prevent air from leaking in and out of the window frame, but that won’t do anything to reinforce a single pane of glass. New windows will make your home more comfortable and your heating and air conditioning bills a little bit lower.

2. Wood

Now that the sun isn’t beating so hard on your house, it’s a good time to do some maintenance on the wooden parts of the building.

If you have any wood windows, wood exterior doors or wood siding, you need to scrape, sand and repaint them every couple of years—especially if the wood is on the south or southwest side of your house. That’s a good job for mild fall weather.

Consider working with a professional who can spot and remedy rot and mold—and who will know when you really need to replace that wood door or window instead of trying to patch it up.

3. Roof

If leaves and pine needles are accumulating in your yard, they’re covering your roof as well. Get someone to climb up there and sweep them away.

Debris on a roof tends to slide to the lowest point, which is where your gutters are. Leaves and anything else that lands on the roof will form a dam, inviting water to pool in the gutters and wherever there’s a bend in the roof. That alone can weaken roofing materials, which can lead to leaks.

But during a rainstorm, your backed-up gutters and downspouts won’t be able to get water off the roof fast enough. The result: rotting fascia board, leaks into the house, and rotted walls.

4. Porches and patios

. We’re lucky enough to be able to use our patios all the way through the winter—with a little help from a patio heater. Don’t deny your family access to your patio, porch or deck because it’s too cold to sit on it. Install a fire pit, fireplace or chiminea outdoors so everyone will want to spend time there together.

5. Additions and renovations

If you’re considering adding a room to your house, it’s a good idea to get started before the weather gets too cold.

Your contractors will do their best to seal up the hole in your house where the new room will attach. But even the heaviest plastic can only keep out so much cold air.

If you hope to spruce up your bathroom or kitchen before holiday guests start arriving, you can’t get the project going too soon.

It can take weeks for even a small, one-room renovation once you carefully choose a design and order materials. So plan accordingly. A half-finished guest bathroom on Christmas Eve will inconvenience your company and make you wish you had started the job in the fall instead of waiting until December.

Original Source: https://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/marketplace/real-estate/2018/09/08/home-improvement-projects-perfect-fall/37735229/

Original Date: Sept 8 2018

Written By: Jeb Breithaupt

14 Things You Shouldn’t Buy in Home-Improvement Stores

Find out which items you’re better off leaving on the shelves the next time you’re at a hardware megastore.

Wood

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Americans spent an estimated $16.16 billion on home renovations in the past year, according to Finder.com research. And many of them borrowed the funds from friends and family or paid with credit cards and loans, so it goes without saying that it’s important that they save wherever they can, says Jennifer McDermott, consumer advocate for Finder.com. “Wood is one item that comes in at a much cheaper price from a local lumber yard than at the hardware. If you are buying big quantities the savings here can be quite significant.” For example, a white pine timber beam could run you about $30 at Home Depot, while at your local lumber store, you may be able to find it as low as $12. Check out these 31 home improvement projects that will double the value of your home.

Rugs

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Many local home-improvement stores have some area rugs tucked away in their decor sections and also offer carpeting services. However, Debbie Gartner at The Flooring Girl suggests alternative online sources for purchasing your decorative carpet pieces because it’s likely these stores don’t dedicate too much space and financial resources to keep rugs on display or in their inventory. You may have more luck finding the piece of your dreams in the color, shape, and size you want by looking on Amazon, Overstock, or Wayfair.

Household batteries

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If you’re buying your standard everyday AA, D, and other size batteries, chances are you would pay less for them at Walmart or Costco than at the hardware store. For example, for about $14, you could get an 18-count pack of Duracell AA Batteries at Home Depot or a 40-count pack at Costco. On the other hand, find out the things you should never buy at Costco.

Tradesmen/installation services

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Some home-improvement stores offer trained workers to install appliances or even renovate for you. However, you might get more bang for your buck by sub-contracting directly versus having your hardware superstore manage the service. When you pay for a project installation through a store, they usually take a cut of your money and sub-contract to other businesses and tradesmen who do the work. Even those who are sub-contracted may sub-contract yet another person to do the work, and by then, the quality of the service may not be as high as what you’re paying.

Tools you don’t know how to use

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It feels great to decorate your kitchen, build a veggie garden, or complete a home project, but there is hardly anything more wasteful and dangerous than taking on a task you’re not qualified to complete—especially if it requires you buy tools you don’t know how to use. To avoid forking over money for hardware that will collect dust in a corner or, worse, injure you and damage your home, ensure that you know the ins and outs of your tools before you buy them. These are the 12 home improvement projects you should never, ever DIY.

Kitchen or grill accessories

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Sometimes, when you buy a grill or other major kitchen appliance, though, stores try to throw in a few spatulas, pans, and accessories as part of the sale. These megastores might have high-quality heavy-duty devices, but it’s not likely they invest as much in getting the best quality accessories to go with them. Next time you buy yourself a sleek stove or barbecue, stop by JCPenney, Walmart, or another home goods store to grab the smaller accompanying gadgets.

Home decorations

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Looking for an affordable piece of art to hang on your walls or a nice adornment for your balcony? While hardware stores are great for buying tools and other supplies for your home, you can find something more aesthetic and at a better price for your home at a retailer like HomeGoods, Pottery Barn, or your local flea market, says Jill Caponera, consumer savings expert at Promocodes.com. Decorating your home soon? Find out 10 budget-friendly decorating tricks that will make your house look way more expensive.

Major appliances

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Cyber Monday isn’t the only time you can score mega-deals online. In fact, there are hundreds of discounts, coupons, and deals happening online every day. Home-improvement stores are no different. Shoppers who see a product they want in store first might be tempted to buy it on the spot, but that same product might be discounted on the store’s website with free delivery or pick-up in store options. It’s always worth taking a look online, especially for the more expensive appliances before making a final purchase in-stor

Smartwatches

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Even though some home-improvement giants sell smartwatches and other wearable tech, you’ll likely find better prices, greater variety, and higher quality products at an appropriate tech-based store. Before heading to the store, find out the truth behind these 15 home improvement myths.

Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors

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“Store-bought smoke detectors are generally inexpensive because they use a technology called ‘Ionization’ smoke detection,” says Maxwell (who goes by the single name), co-founder of TrueSecurity. “This form of smoke detection causes many false alarms, and, more importantly, can miss fires entirely.” Also, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors from a hardware store typically don’t alert authorities in times of crisis, an especially important function if you ever have a carbon monoxide leak, as these can quickly incapacitate you. Opt for monitored detectors and carbon monoxide communicators instead.

Lawn fertilizer

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A big box home-improvement store might steer you wrong and sell you a fertilizer that you don’t understand or that won’t get the job done, says Zach Hendrix, co-founder of GreenPal. An established lawn, a new lawn, new sod, and a winterized lawn all benefit from different levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in fertilizer. Your local nursery or lawn care service is likely a better bet. Check out 13 things you should never do to your lawn.

Shipping products

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Packaging and materials for shipping freight are often more expensive and may be a lower quality at home-improvement stores, says Therese Kerrigan, director of marketing communications at FreightCenter. “Lesser quality boxes may break during freight transportation, and subsequent damage claims may be denied because of the packaging.” Look online for better quality materials and pricing or, at the least, check that the boxes at the hardware store are up to standard.

Cleaning products

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Though grabbing those Clorox wipes as you’re picking up the gardening tools you need may seem convenient, you may not want to make it a habit. Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch says you could end up paying 5 to 10 percent more for cleaning supplies at home-improvement stores versus grabbing them at Walmart or bulk store. Check out 35 ways to save money around your home.

More than what you need

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It is tempting to buy everything in bulk at home-improvement stores, however, how likely are you to use 500 nails when you simply want to hang up a few picture frames? “If you want to buy smaller amounts of any home-improvement item, talk to customer service before lugging a big box to the register,” says Nelson Garcia from Student Loan Hero. “They might point you in the direction of one-off purchases or, especially in smaller hardware stores, give you a deal on a smaller amount of what you need.” Next, find out the 40 home repairs anyone can do.

Original Source: https://www.rd.com/home/improvement/things-you-not-to-buy-in-home-improvement-stores/

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Using Smart Technology in Age in Place Renovations

You do not need to be old or in poor health before you begin doing a little age in place remodeling, and in fact, you are quite intelligent if you choose to do it prior to the time you will need it.  While you have plenty of options available to you for age in place remodeling, one stands out more than the rest.  That option is using smart technology, and most of it will make your life super easy, both now and in the future.

Here are 5 types of smart technology that you should include in your age in place renovations:

  • Personal Assistance Devices

There are a couple different personal assistance devices available on the market, and you can choose whether you prefer Google’s Home, Amazon’s Alexa, or one of the others.  This device can remind you to take your medications, that your doctor’s appointment is coming up, or even to call your doctor.  You can even ask these devices a question that you do not know the answer to and it will give you the answer.

  • Smart Lights

You will not need to worry about walking around in the dark as you search for a light switch after you include smart lights in your age in place remodeling plan.  Smart lights can be turned on and off from an app on a smartphone or tablet and they can keep you from falling unnecessarily.

  • Video Doorbells

Older people are often targets for criminals and other unsavory people, but you can install a video doorbell during an age in place remodel to prevent a disaster from happening.  You can see who is on your front step, as well as carry on a conversation with them, all without opening the door or moving from where you are.

  • CookStop Devices

Leaving a stove on can be quite dangerous for anyone, which is why the CookStop devices were created.  You can install the CookStop and it will automatically turn your stove off after it has been on for a predetermined amount of time.  You can adjust the settings to meet your needs, and an alarm will always alert you right before it turns the stove off, so that you can turn it back on if necessary.

  • Keyless Door Locks

Fumbling with keys can be a thing of the past once you install a keyless door lock during your age in place remodel.  You can purchase one that needs to be opened via an app on your smartphone or you can choose one that you push the buttons and enter a code to get the lock to flip open.

All this smart technology will be of great assistance to you and it can all be installed during an age in place remodeling project.  You could wait to do an age in place remodel, but then you wouldn’t be able to use all this wonderful technology now.

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 www.glenmillerthehomedoctor.com.  To contact Glen Miller the Home Doctor call 734.255.9793 for a free estimate.

 

Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most

American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older.

Multigenerational households are also changing for older family members. Sometimes it’s necessary to have elderly relatives move in to your home for them to thrive. Adult children will opt to make remodeling updates so spaces are safe, comfortable and accessible for all.

Making changes where it matters most will help transform the household into a secure space for aging adults.

Single-story living

Having all rooms on a single story is the ideal layout for senior living. That means the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen can be accessed without having to travel to different levels of the home. Keep in mind, open-concept designs can be beneficial for seniors, but if you are updating hallways, make sure they are at least 36 inches wide for easy maneuverability.

Bathroom additions

Adding a bathroom to facilitate single-story living might seem impossible if you don’t have existing drainage. However, it is feasible and doesn’t require costly demolition.

Bathroom safety

Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in a home, particularly for those age 65 and older who are more prone to falls. When remodeling, add wall supports such as grab bars in the bath, shower and by the toilet. For showers, a fold-down seat and handheld showerhead can add comfort. A wall-hung sink adds space below and can make it easier to clean and move around. Avoid using rugs and instead install slip-resistant flooring.

Kitchen additions

Redesigning your home with a mother-in-law suite for aging relatives can be a nice way to provide them with everything they need. It will also ensure that everyone has their desired privacy in the home.

Ramps and stairs

There may be spaces in a home where you can’t avoid installing a ramp or stairs. The entryway is one such area. For stairways, install handrails on both sides and add contrast strips to prevent tripping and stumbling hazards. For ramps, the National Association of Home Builders recommends slopes no greater than 1-inch rise for each 12 inches in length, a 2-inch curb for safety and a 5-foot landing at the entrance. All ramps or stairs should have adequate lighting for easy visibility.

Ample lighting

As vision decreases with age, lighting becomes a critical element throughout a home. Consider adding windows and skylights for plenty of natural light. Swap in brighter bulbs and add adjustable features that allow you to customize settings for frequently used spaces. Finally, add motion lights to hallways and bathrooms for easy evening use. Hard-wired lights are preferred to plug-in options, but if you must have cords, make sure they are hidden or secured to the ground. (BPT)

Original Source: http://www.lillienews.com/articles/2018/08/07/remodeling-age-place-make-changes-where-it-matters-most

What A Kitchen Renovation Actually Costs

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to remodel, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Minor tweaks start at $4,000, but renovations can balloon up to more than $100,000 if they include major structural expansions. The latter figure isn’t the norm, though — most people spend around $22,145.

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Keeping It Basic:

You don’t need to bring the room down to the studs to make a big change. Having your cabinets repainted by a professional costs about $1,200; having the cabinets refaced cost around between $1,000 to $5,000. If you do nothing else, new countertops can make a huge difference (see costs below).

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Reimagining The Cabinets:

These are a kitchen gamechanger — and to that end, they eat up about 30 percent of the budget. Stock cabinets, like those you can buy off the shelf at home centers, start at $80 to $400 per cabinet. Semi-stock cabinets (IKEA, for example — ones you custom-order from a company’s inventory) offer a lot more options and higher quality, and can run from $150 to $1,000 per cabinet. Custom cabinets — made specifically for your space and can often include super-fancy upgrades — cost about $500 to $1,500 each.

Upgrading The Counters:

Plan to spend about 10 percent of your remodeling budget on countertops depending on the material and kitchen size — with about $900-plus going toward installation. Material costs range dramatically per square foot (see the chart), and the style of the edge you choose and thickness of the counter will add even more $$. Designers use this secret to save: They’ll choose a more inexpensive counter material for the large stretches, but save the expensive stuff for the island.

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Stepping Up The Floor:

The kitchen is a busy area, so your flooring needs to stand up to tons of foot traffic — and spills. The most indestructible: Vinyl, which starts at $1 per square foot, or ceramic tile, which will cost you $1.20 per square foot. Things get pricier if you opt for stone (it starts at $1.20 per square foot), and eco-friendly options like cork and bamboo will set you back at least $4 per square foot. Hardwood and engineered flooring also start at $4.25 and $6.00 per square foot, respectively.

Homeowners will spend nearly $67 billion remodeling kitchens this year.

 

Choosing The Details:

Once the big pieces are in place, the real style comes in the form of the final touches. Appliances can make a space: Plan to spend between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on your luxury level. Picking a tile backsplash is the fun part of design — and the options are endless (the average backsplash costs $2,485). Lighting makes a huge difference, too: Recessed lights cost about $150 a piece to install, and over-the-island pendants start around $150. And faucets are a final punctuation: They start at $200 but can cost as much as $1,000.

Original Post: https://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/renovation/a21287631/kitchen-renovation-cost/

Written By: Brett Martin

Publish Date: July 13 2018

Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most

(BPT) – American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United States, it’s a desire shared by many.

According to the AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Furthermore, among people age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place. The desire to age in place typically requires making thoughtful updates to a home to accommodate senior needs.

Multigenerational households are also changing for older family members. Sometimes it’s necessary to have elderly relatives move in to your home for them to thrive. Adult children will opt to make remodeling updates so spaces are safe, comfortable and accessible for all.

Whether you’re remodeling for yourself or a family member, there are many things to consider. Making changes where it matters most will help transform the household into a secure space for aging adults.

Single-story living

Having all rooms on a single story is the ideal layout for senior living. That means the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen can be accessed without having to travel to different levels of the home. Keep in mind, open-concept designs can be beneficial for seniors, but if you are updating hallways, make sure they are at least 36 inches wide for easy maneuverability.

Bathroom additions

Adding a bathroom to facilitate single-story living might seem impossible if you don’t have existing drainage. However, it is feasible and doesn’t require costly demolition. With Saniflo, you can add a complete bathroom where no drainage existed before, thanks to above-floor plumbing features like a macerating toilet and drain pumps. The Saniaccess2 is ideal for powder rooms and the Saniaccess3 is a smart choice for full baths.

Bathroom safety

Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous rooms in a home, particularly for those age 65 and older who are more prone to falls. When remodeling, add wall supports such as grab bars in the bath, shower and by the toilet. For showers, a fold-down seat and handheld showerhead can add comfort. A wall-hung sink adds space below and can make it easier to clean and move around. Avoid using rugs and instead install slip-resistant flooring.

Kitchen additions

Redesigning your home with a mother-in-law suite for aging relatives can be a nice way to provide them with everything they need. It will also ensure that everyone has their desired privacy in the home. Again, don’t let drainage limit your remodel plans. Add a modest kitchen setup using Saniflo Sanivite technology. It will pump wastewater away from a variety of sources, such as a kitchen sink, laundry sink and washing machine. Learn more at go.saniflo.com.

Ramps and stairs

There may be spaces in a home where you can’t avoid installing a ramp or stairs. The entryway is one such area. For stairways, install handrails on both sides and add contrast strips to prevent tripping and stumbling hazards. For ramps, the National Association of Home Builders recommends slopes no greater than 1-inch rise for each 12 inches in length, a 2-inch curb for safety and a 5-foot landing at the entrance. All ramps or stairs should have adequate lighting for easy visibility.

Ample lighting

As vision decreases with age, lighting becomes a critical element throughout a home. Consider adding windows and skylights for plenty of natural light. Swap in brighter bulbs and add adjustable features that allow you to customize settings for frequently used spaces. Finally, add motion lights to hallways and bathrooms for easy evening use. Hard-wired lights are preferred to plug-in options, but if you must have cords, make sure they are hidden or secured to the ground.

When aging in place matters to you or your family members, these guidelines can help you remodel wisely. Smart updates will help you enjoy your home today and thrive in the future.

Original Source: http://www.minicassia.com/online_features/senior_living/article_1df2f26b-a1d6-5e37-8f0c-fa737eefa570.html

Written By: Brandpoint (BPT)

Published Date: July 3 2018

Remodeling for a More Accessible Home For Seniors

As people age, there always seems to be more and more limitation that makes it difficult for them to be able to do the simple things that they once took for granted. Whether it not being able to climb the stairs like you used to, to be able to stand for long periods of time or even reach items in the kitchen like you used to. All of these things could happen over time or change due to a medical issue that makes it difficult to do the things that you use to do with relative ease.

 

These days more and more families are taking in their senior parents rather than see them have to live out their senior years in a home. While some medical reasons may make that necessary, most people would rather make it where their parents can either stay in their own home longer or simply move into their home.

 

To be able to do this there are often things that can be done to remodel their home or your home in order to make life a bit better for them. Some things are quite easy and other things will require a bit of remodeling and that usually means hiring a contractor and could cost a pretty penny. Below is a short list of some of the things that we came up with. Remember, not all of these will apply to your unique situation.

 

10 Things to consider when remodeling for a senior person

 

Pay attention to the specific needs of your senior parent or loved one – Always remember that you are doing this for your loved one and you need to include them in any changes to be sure they fit with them. One size remodeling truly does not fit all.

 

Be sure you have a complete plan of what you want to do – Be sure to formulate a plan and put it in writing so that you have something to follow when you go to put your plan into action.

 

If you have any doubts bring in a professional to evaluate the home – While you may be able to come up with some good ideas, you may want to have a professional come in and evaluate the home and make some recommendation.

 

Remove any obstruction in all access points – A very simple change that virtually anyone can make is to remove any and all obstructions at points of entry in a room. When you have difficulty walking even a bump in the carpeting can cause an obstruction.

 

Talk to all of the professional caregivers of your parents to get ideas – Another great resource for you to consider is to talk to all of the people who provide care for them to get some ideas on how to make their home life better.

 

Get a professional contractor – When the time comes that you need to do any type of structural changes to your home you should bring in a professional contractor for advice and help.

 

No-step entry is the first best step – Like the obstructions at all access points into/out of a room, a no-step entry point into and out of the home is a must. This will more than likely require you to hire a professional.

 

Consider pocket doors versus swinging doors – Turning door knobs and twisting handles on doors can be difficult for seniors, if it is possible you should consider replacing all of them in the home.

 

Electric stair lifts – Having a two-story home climbing stairs for many seniors is not only a chore but at times it can be potentially extremely dangerous. If you can afford it look into the electric stair lifts, it will give all of you peace of mind.

 

Reconfiguring the home – If climbing stairs are completely out of the question then you should immediately look into reconfiguring the lower level to have everything on one that level for them.

 

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 www.glenmillerthehomedoctor.com.  To contact Glen Miller the Home Doctor call 734.255.9793 for a free estimate.

 

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 www.glenmillerthehomedoctor.com.  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.

Original Source: http://www.sentinelsource.com/ways-to-make-your-home-more-comfortable-and-energy-efficient/article_658509aa-6d8c-11e8-ba7e-ef9826bd83b5.html

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.

Original Source: https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/marketplace/real-estate/2018/05/11/remodeling-projects-transform-your-home/601632002/

Original Date: May 11 2018

Written By: Cindy Kosloski