Aging in Place: Home Remodel Ideas

In 2030 the number of people aged over 65 will soar to about 72.1 million, or 1 in 5 Americans.

A survey conducted in November 2012 by AARP of 1,616 adults ages 45 and older found that fewer than half of the respondents have a half-bath on the main level of their home, an entrance without steps, door handles that are levers instead of knobs, or doorways that are wider than standard.

Now think about your home or your parent’s home…is there an entrance to the home without steps? Probably not. Are all the door handles in the house knobs instead of levers? Most likely. How about the hardware on the kitchen cabinets; go take a look at them. Are they small handles and knobs?

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These are pictures of beautiful kitchens but one thing is similar: the hardware on the cabinets could become a problem to someone aging in their own home who can no longer have a tight grip on simple things like a cabinet knob. Or there isn’t any hardware on the cabinets at all.

Below are some of the type of hardware that should be installed instead.

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There are other things to consider when keeping a parent or elder adult in their own home to age:

-Raising the height of the dishwasher to reduce strain of loading and unloading

-Installing a shallow sink, hands free faucet that is mounted on the side and incorporate an anti-scald device to prevent burns

-Along with different hardware for cabinets, adding pull out shelves for the lower cabinets and pull down shelves for upper cabinets

-Making sure that there is a bathroom on the main level

-Moving the laundry room to the main level and making sure there is plenty of space to navigate

-Replacing washer and dryer with front loader appliances with large buttons or push knobs

-The different flooring throughout the house should be a non-slip surface; remove rugs because of the trip hazards

When you are ready to make some changes to your home or someone else’s home to make it more aging in place friendly, contact us at Friga Construction.  Sometimes the littlest, simplest changes can make all the difference in the world.

Room Under the Stairs: Home Office Ideas

Isn’t it lovely when you need to bring work home or when you need to get some things done on the internet and don’t have the room around the house to do it?

I mean, there is always the dining room table but there is already mail and laundry piled there. You could always sit on the couch…but then your laptop gets so hot on your leg, you’re afraid either might catch fire before you’re finished. So, if you don’t have an extra room to create a home office, cannot afford to create an extra room for just a home office, and are seeking the extra space, what do you do… here’s an idea: Are you ready?

What about that empty space under the stairs? The under stairs space usually is left empty and doesn’t serve anything, (unless you took in your nephew and now serves as his bedroom; haha…that was a joke for the HP fans out there!) but now you can transform that negative space into a useful and functional under stairs home office.

The space does not have the dreaded corner where you file bills or finish that report for the boss. Let it be for the whole family! Contact us at Friga Construction when you decide that the space under the stairs is indeed just ‘space’ and something needs to be done. We can do these small projects. We can make it appear the new room under the stairs had been there since the beginning. Take a look at the pictures below and give us a call when you are ready. We want to make your visions become reality, and they will with Friga Construction.

Can You Start A Home Remodel In The Winter??

Since there are not a lot of people remodeling during the winter, it’s the slow season for contractors. Furthermore, when contractors have less to do, they have more time to work on your project, so your remodeling may get done quicker as well. During winter you may find that contractors may have more time to work with you in planning and designing your project. This would be a good time for refining the details before the actual work begins. Give Friga Construction a call and we can help make your visions become reality.

Many homeowners will wait until spring to remodel because they are concerned about dust, fumes, ventilation and areas for staging the work. Current technologies and clean up methods do effectively control these problems. Fans with negative air pressure, plastic zip doors, and sealing off heat ducts with a filter will contain dust, debris and fumes to the work area.

It is usually easier for contractors to schedule work in winter months because there is a lot less exterior work being done. This will free up a contractor’s schedule for kitchen, bathroom and basement remodeling  a shorter wait for work to begin. Contact Friga Construction today and we will set up a free consultation to check out what you want remodeled. We think outside of the box and can offer many ideas, as well as paying close attention to minor details. We look forward to hearing from you and making your visions become reality.