"Experience SBI" – The Remodeling Newsletter

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JAY DEPHELPS, CAPS

What is CAPS? CAPS is an acronym for Certified Aging in Place Specialist, a designation earned from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). As of today, there are less than 3,300 people in the country with this designation. Sound Builders' owner, Jay DePhelps, has earned this designation. This means that Jay is able to help clients remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level. Our clients will have the pleasure of living in a familiar environment, the ability to enjoy familiar daily rituals and special events that enrich their lives. Most important it means our clients have the reassurance of being able to call their house a "home" for a very long time.

Remodeling Success 101

Q: What is a cool roof?

A: A cool roof is just what it sounds like: a roof that stays cooler than a typical roof on a sunny summer day. This, in turn, keeps the attic from overheating and eases the burden on the air conditioner. Although many people think that a cool roof has to be white, new coating technologies let manufacturers build reflectance into a variety of colors.

The Multi-Generational Home

These modifications will make the home more comfortable for all family members.

Anyone contemplating a remodel or addition might want to consider age demographics. For instance, recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau projects the over-65 population growing from 47 million in 2015 to 71 million by 2030, and most older people who answered a 2016 survey by Home Advisor intended to stay home as long as possible. These trends mean that a growing number of households will include multiple generations.

While most older homes weren't designed with an aging population in mind, a remodeling project is a great time to correct that.

The word “accessibility” makes some people imagine wheelchair ramps and institutional grab bars, but the truth is that a well-designed multi-generational space feels like a home, not a hospital. There are creative ways to make a home feel welcoming to everyone, and as a bonus, accessible features provide an edge in the market when it's time to sell.
With this in mind, here are some features to consider for a multi-generational remodel.

An easy entry. Depending on the first floor's height above grade, the remodeler may be able to create a "zero step" entry by gently sloping a landscaped walkway from the driveway to an exterior door. It's an attractive alternative to a wheelchair ramp, and—if well designed—will look like a convenience, not an accessibility requirement.

A ground floor master suite. This is a common addition for multi-generational homes. The bath needs a shower with a tile floor that's flush with the bathroom floor, so that users don't have to step over a curb to get in and out. As for grab bars, the big plumbing manufacturers now offer models with looks that match specific fixture lines, so they blend in seamlessly.

The suite can also serve as a convenient office, den or guest room. Look for ways to include two doors to the bath (the second from an adjacent common area), so that it can double as a guest bath.

36-inch doorways. In many homes, the front door is the only wide entry, but a true multi-generational home has wide doors throughout, making all rooms accessible to someone using a walker or wheelchair. If widening every door is too big a job, at least think about which ones to widen in the future. Wide doors also make it possible to move large pieces of furniture that might not fit in a room with a 30-inch opening.

Lever door handles. Levers benefit older people with arthritic fingers, but they will also be appreciated by anyone who needs to get into the house while carrying an armful of groceries. And they're one of the easiest retrofits to do.

Visual contrast. Besides making life easier for someone with poor vision, good lighting and strong color contrast between wall and floor surfaces make for a more interesting space. The interior designer can arrange these contrasting elements to evoke nearly any mood, from joyful and energetic to subdued and serene.

Smooth, non-slip flooring. Eliminating carpet makes it easier for someone with a wheelchair or walker to get around, but it also helps keep dust and other indoor pollutants out of the air. Non-slip tile reduces anyone’s chance of slipping in the shower.

Amenities like these will enhance any home, but what if a family member has a permanent injury or a progressive illness? In that case, the professional remodeler can work with an occupational therapist. This medical professional has the training and experience needed to evaluate the client and to help the remodeler customize the space to have the right features for today and tomorrow. A custom feature could be something as simple as putting plywood backing behind the drywall in a new bath or addition—in the exact spots where that particular person will likely need a grab bar in the future.

The bottom line? Nowadays, there's no reason not to have a house that feels like home to everyone.

Warm regards,

Jay DePhelps, CGR, CAPS
Sound Builders Inc.
(206) 246-7100

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