Category : Aging-in-place

Remodeling with accessibility in mind

Homeowners over the age of 55 make a large percentage of those having remodel work done on their homes. Many older homeowners wish to remain in their home rather than move out as they age. This read more...

Universal design for the home

What is it? Universal design refers to a broad range of ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities and read more...

Bathroom safety can be stylish

ADA, Universal Design and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) are all terms and designations describing design for accessibility for all. If you still think designing a bathroom for read more...

Bathroom Safety

It isn't just for seniors or those with physical challenges. Safety is important for all of us, and especially with the slippery surfaces in the bath. The good news is, you can get safety fixtures read more...

Remodeling trends for 2015

As you probably are well aware, the baby boom generation is driving many purchasing trends, and as that generation is now at or near retirement, their effect on the housing and remodeling industry read more...

Helping aging parents stay safe at home

Serious injuries from falling are an occupational hazard for many older persons. The National Institute for Health and the CDC say that more than one in three people age 65 or older will suffer from read more...

Stylish safety in the bath

Have you ever felt a little nervous stepping onto the wet shower floor? Sturdy and stylish assist bars are available to provide a greater level of safety for you and your guests. More companies are read more...

Should you include “Aging-in-Place” design in your remodel?

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies published a report this month titled "Housing America's older adults - meeting the needs of an aging population".  It is interesting from several read more...

Accessibility features becoming more important to homeowners

In recent years households have been moving toward more flexible uses of space. This includes an open space layout, often with informal family space integrated into kitchen space. Informality in home read more...

Wheelchair accessible baths and kitchens

Where can you go to find qualified remodelers for barrier free kitchens and baths? Recommendations from friends are great, but if that is not an option for you, NAHB, the National Association of Home read more...

Whatcom County Aging in Place Bath Design

Bathrooms are the most hazardous room in the house! Small spaces, wet floors and hard surfaces can make it dangerous for those with balance problems, low vision and just inaccessible to read more...

Aging In Place

Aging In Place is the ability to live in one’s own home safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age or ability. Most would rather remain in their own home, whether they may become read more...

Remodeling Solutions for Aging and Accessiblity

If you or a loved one is having a difficult time staying in their own home, but wishes to remain independent, what can you do? CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist), and Universal Design were read more...

Bellingham bath remodels

In Bellingham, homeowners are upgrading their bathrooms! Check out what can be done to enhance your bath: Floating vanities: Have your contractor build the vanity on the wall; this leaves open space read more...

Aging in Place Solutions

L-shaped grab bar over tub for stability The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) has reported that modification of homes for aging-in-place is the fastest growing segment of the read more...

Trends are toward renovations that are simpler and budget friendly

Real estate values are still struggling, and people are viewing their homes not as investments, but as their homes!  In other words, the trend is to stay in place and do makeovers for a more read more...

Designing for Aging-in-Place

Shower remodeled for Aging-in-place. Note bench, handicap bar and hand-held shower wand. Our own DyLon McClary earned his CAPS certificate in January 2011, knowing that our aging population would read more...

‘They’ say that 10,000 Americans per day are reaching age 65.

What does this mean to you? Think accessibility. If your grandmother has to move in with you, can she use the shower safely? If you want to remain in your home and YOU are the one reaching/ waving as read more...

January is National Bath Safety month.

  The photo above shows a bath remodel we did in 2011 to make it handicapped accessible. We installed tile in the shower and included a bench with a solid surface seat. Grab bars were installed read more...

Great new products for remodelers and new construction

Cree's award wining LED bulb We often get asked what is the best type of lighting. Everyone knows incandescents are on their way out - but what is the best replacement?  It depends somewhat on what read more...

Aging-in-place home remodeling

The NAHB has a comprehensive article outlining aging-in-place issues. It is titled "Aging-in-place checklists for home remodeling". The sections are: Exterior Overall floor read more...

Is your contractor certifiable?

Just kidding there, sort of! A well qualified home remodeling contractor may have several certifications that prove their willingness to work hard to provide the best quality workmanship read more...

ADA accessible bath remodels

We are getting more calls these days to make over bathrooms for elderly persons who may have had a stroke and can't get around the same as before; or for a person struggling with a long term illness read more...

New Aging-In-Place Certification

   DyLon McClary of Rose Construction, Inc. recently became one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him read more...