McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Universal Design: How a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Can Help

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Today, more homeowners are thinking about how their (or a relative’s) needs will change over their lifetime and they are requesting Universal Design features when remodeling and for new home construction. Homes designed for comfort, safety, function and accessibility are appealing to both owners and potential buyers because they are accommodating to people of all ages and abilities. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is an expert who provides design-build solutions that incorporate Universal Design concepts.

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Topics: Certifications, National Association of Home Builders, Universal Design

Bathroom Remodel: Shopping for the Essentials

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Over the years, we’ve worked with homeowners on many bathroom remodeling projects helping create attractive, functional living spaces by listening to their ideas and defining a work plan. 

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Topics: Certifications, Lead Paint Safety, Community Service, Energy Efficiency, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Lighting, Bathrooms, Designs

7 Tips for Determining a Kitchen Remodeling Project Budget

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 17, 2010

If you’ve put together a wish list the next step is to determine how much it will cost to remodel your kitchen.

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Topics: Certifications, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs, Cost vs. Value, Appliances, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor

Universal Design: 12 Kitchen Design Ideas for Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

Recently I met with a client who wanted to remodel a kitchen. Her house was built in 1958 and the kitchen layout and cabinets were original to the home. She told me it wasn't a practical design. She had to get down on her hands and knees to access the lower cupboards, the work triangle didn't provide for modern appliances, food prep space was scarce, the sink had an old fixture that lacked a spray to clean dishes, and the faucet was too low to fill large pots. When she was preparing meals, she often banged her head on an exhaust hood placed over a cook top on a peninsula.

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Topics: Certifications, Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design

6 Common Homeowner Questions About EPA’s New Lead Paint Safety Rule

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, May 5, 2010

As you may have heard or read about in the news, starting April 22, 2010 all contractors performing renovation, repair or painting on pre-1978 homes must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. If you live in a house built before 1978, there's a good chance it contains lead paint.

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Topics: Certifications, Lead Paint Safety, Repair and Maintenance, Renovating, Home Renovation, Hiring a Contractor, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg