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So You Want to Remodel Your Atlanta Home, But No Idea Where to Start? Let us help!

Home remodeling projects vary greatly from homeowner to homeowner depending on their individual needs. Where one family may need a better kitchen layout and design, another may need more space for a new baby on the way. There really is no right or wrong in general, just right and wrong for the individual. I’m going to go over several of the most popular types of home remodeling projects, and how they can help in your Atlanta home.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is the number-one remodeled room in the home according to every major study. It may be our southern roots, but we believe it’s because the kitchen is the heart of the home. That’s where the family gathers for meals, birthday parties, and other events. Maybe it’s just because people love the look and feel of an updated kitchen. Some remodels may be as simple as painting and purchasing all new appliances. Others may include an entirely new kitchen by the time it’s all said and done.

 

Bathroom Remodeling

The bathroom is the second-most remodeled room in the home. Some bathroom remodels are as simple as painting and replacing a few pieces of furniture. Others may be as detailed as replacing a tub/shower unit with a tile shower, replacing linoleum with tile, replacing the entire vanity area, and replacing an old toilet with a water saving toilet.

Aging in Place

Aging in place isn’t an entirely new concept, but it is quickly gaining ground in recent years. The aging in place process is one in which Atlanta’s senior citizens are able to live independently in their own home for more years than they were previously able to. I love this one, because our wonderful city has so many elderly people who are perfectly capable of living at home instead of a retirement home; all they need is a few minor modifications to their home.

Adding a Bedroom

Expecting a new arrival to the household? Build an extra bedroom in advance. This needed remodel idea is pretty much a no-brainer, because when you need more space, you need more space! Introducing new family members into the household often requires the addition of a new bedroom.

Adding an Office

The Internet allows more people to work from home or occasionally telecommute. A home office is quickly becoming the standard in new home building. People need a spot to work that is interruption-free and quiet.

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Let’s face it, Atlanta gets hot, hot, HOT! A covered patio, gazebo, sunroom, or covered deck adds value to your home while providing a great way to enjoy the gorgeous weather without getting sunburned.

What it’s all About

No matter what you choose to do with your home, transform it to match the demands your family puts on it. A healthy, happy life is what it’s all about. If remodeling your home creates more happiness or improves your current lifestyle in any way, it’s already worth it. Call us for a free consultation if you’d like to talk about your options and maybe we can help bounce some ideas with you!

 

Aging in Place in Atlanta – Is your home ready for a lifestyle change?

Many Georgians are living longer, healthier lives. Here in Atlanta, we’re seeing a large increase in the number of senior citizens who live independently at home well into their 80s. Living independently of other people doesn’t necessarily mean there is no extra help at all. In fact, we’ve been helping people live independently for several years by simply modifying their home to be more senior citizen-friendly. Here are several ways we help the Atlanta area’s seniors maintain their independence.

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  • Grab Bars – These are quite simply metal bars that give the homeowner something to grab onto in case they feel off balance or afraid that they will fall. Grab bars may be installed in the tub, shower, or near the toilet.
  • Walk-in Tubs – Bath tubs have come a long way in terms of design. We’ve installed a wide variety of tubs for people with mobility issues.
  • Shower Seats – A shower seat may take several forms, but the overall function is to provide a place for one to sit to attend their personal hygiene needs. This is very helpful to people with mobility or balance problems.
  • Widen Doorways and Hallways – The average hallway is 36 to 38 inches wide, and the average doorway is 32 to 36 inches wide. A wheelchair or walker need a space that is about 42 inches wide. This is usually a pretty quick and easy fix, especially for people who are already planning to remodel the inside of their home to fit their new senior lifestyle.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Sink and Vanity – Several companies now offer wheelchair accessible sink designs to fit most any decor.
  • Raised Dishwasher – The dishwasher is something no senior citizen should be without. We’ve found that simply raising the dishwasher so it is easily accessible from a wheelchair height immensely helps Atlanta’s seniors live independently.
  • Easy Access Storage – Everyone needs easy access to storage, especially in the bedroom, closets, bathrooms, and kitchen. We work to ensure that our senior citizens have access to the storage areas they use the most.
  • Kitchen Modifications – Removal of kitchen islands, modification of kitchen sinks, cabinets, and counter tops are all part of our aging in place model.

We proudly support Atlanta’s senior citizens, because they have helped mold our great city into what it is today. We feel that they have earned the right to live independently as long as possible instead of being pushed into a retirement home simply because their home didn’t adapt to their new lifestyle. We are a proud member of the National Aging in Place Council and we are Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS).

Call Renewal Design-Build any time to discuss your aging in place ideas or concerns. We would love to work with you to make sure that your home grows and adapts to meet your changing needs.

Include a Shower Bench on Your List of Must-Have Bathroom Features

When you’re planning your next bathroom remodeling project, consider easy upgrades that will make your bathroom more usable and comfortable for many years to come.  Universal design features, which are meant to make a home more comfortable and accessible to people of all ages, are something we recommend considering for your renovation.  One easy way to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of your bathroom is by adding an attractive shower bench in your design.

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The shower bench provides comfort and an added way to relax in the shower.  For older users, it can make showering much easier on the joints and can help reduce the chance of slipping in the shower.  A bench can also provide a comfortable spot for rinsing off and shaving.

There are many different ways that you can design a shower bench for your bathroom. You can simply have a separate and movable bench sitting in the shower space or install a folding wood seat into the wall.  We recommend making the entire shower feel unified by building the bench into the wall and by using the same tile pattern or material as the rest of the shower and sloping the design for proper drainage.

You can also choose to make the shower bench into a focal point in the bathroom by providing it with bold colors and patterns that help it stand out from the walls around it. This type of contrast is a great way to draw the eye and add visual order to the bathroom.  In a smaller or more efficiently designed bathroom, you can have your bathtub extend into the shower space so that the porcelain top becomes a bench as it juts into the shower.

For help with your Atlanta interior remodeling needs, feel free to contact us at Renewal Design-Build by calling 404-378-6962.

Hands-Free Faucets for a High-Tech Bathroom

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Among the more popular home upgrades today are those that enhance the convenience of daily life at home and those that improve conservation of energy and water. One small yet significant home upgrade that accomplishes both greater convenience and improved water conservation is the hands-free faucet.

You have likely encountered hands-free faucets in nicer public restrooms, where they are used to improve sanitation.  In your own home, a hands-free faucet can be installed in the bathroom or the kitchen as a convenient way to avoid turning on your faucet with soapy or grimy hands, creating a mess on your faucet’s lever or handles.  These faucets have many additional benefits that make them a good choice for your green home renovation:

  • Hands-free faucets can help to significantly reduce the amount of water that you use in your home. The faucet automatically turns on when a user’s hands approach the sensing field. Once the hands are out of range, the faucet turns off the flow of water within seconds. The typical hands-free faucet uses approximately 30 percent less water than traditional faucets.
  • Though hands-free faucets are relatively new to home use, they can accommodate just about any decor style, coming in a variety of designs and finishes.
  • Many hands-free faucets offer a thermostatic valve, which helps control the temperature of the water being released from the faucet to prevent the potential for hot water scalding. For this reason, this intuitive technology is ideal for a home with young children or older adults. This feature also helps to reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat the water.

All and all, a hands-free faucet has a number of environmentally friendly advantages in addition to offering a sleek, intuitive design for your bathroom. To learn more about green home renovations in Atlanta, please contact us at Renewal Design- Build.

 

Aging In Place Bathroom Design Tips for Your Atlanta Home

Renewal Design-Build has had the pleasure of visiting many 55+ and senior homeowners in the Atlanta area to discuss aging in place home renovations. We have enjoyed talking with homeowners about their current needs for accessibility in their homes, and their anticipated needs for the future. We typically discuss many of the common aging in place home design criteria, such as extra wide hallways and the minimum requirement of at least one step-free entrance to the home. Eventually, we address aging in place design strategies for the bathroom.

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Individuals who have experienced a progressive illness, an injury, or a disabling health problem may encounter significant accessibility challenges in the bathroom. Very few of today’s bathrooms are handicap accessible. Additionally, accessibility upgrades required in the bathroom may be much more extensive than simply adding grab bars in strategic locations.

What are the particular accessibility challenges encountered in most bathrooms? Today’s bathroom typically includes a standard height toilet, a vanity with cabinets below, tight spaces, traditional bathtubs, and shower stalls with a raised shower pan sill. Each of these items may present an obstacle to a wheelchair-bound individual.

The following are a few of the aging in place bathroom design tips we share with our prospective clients:

No-threshold Showers: No-threshold showers enable wheelchair-bound individuals to simply roll in to the shower. They also allow a mobile individual with a disability or infirmity to easily walk in. Many no-threshold showers are equipped with grab bars and wall mounted seats for increased comfort and security, in addition to other safety features such as anti-scald shower faucets.

The no-threshold shower presents a particular design challenge, since the shower drain must be set at a lower elevation than the bathroom floor, as the sill must be removed for accessibility. A home renovation company experienced in aging in place design, such as Renewal Design-build, will have a variety of viable options for the homeowner to consider, such as an open shower area with a sloping floor, or a shower pan that is set slightly below the finished floor height.

Walk-in Tubs: The walk in tub is another popular accessibility feature in the bathroom designed with aging in place in mind. Walk-in tub models offer in-line water heaters, a swinging door that seals in the water, hydrotherapy jets; and other features that offer a relaxing and safe bathing experience.

Aging in Place Bathroom Design Features: The aging in place bathroom will be spaciously designed to include a 60 inch wheelchair turning radius, grab bars, a roll under vanity, accessible storage and other features that provide ease-of-access and safety for the homeowner.

For expert assistance with aging in place renovations in your Atlanta home, give Renewal Design-Build a call at 404-378-6962. To view some of our bathroom renovation projects, please visit our Bath Portfolio to see a wide array of bathroom renovation projects. Our in-house design team will happily help you put all the pieces together for your renovation!