McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Universal Design: How to Make Your Home Age-Friendly

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 26, 2019

No one likes to think about aging, but if you want to age in place at home, planning for a time when you or your partner may not be as mobile can be to your benefit. This is where Universal Design comes into play. By incorporating these types of age-friendly renovations into your home, it will become more accessible and easier to get around, so you can enjoy it for many years to come. Below, we cover some of the simple ways you can start implementing Universal Design elements in your home without sacrificing aesthetic appeal, so your home can retain your sense of style while becoming more age friendly for the future.

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Topics: Home Renovation, Universal Design

Project of the Month: A Bathroom Remodel with Universal Design Features

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

“Universal Design” is being considered more often in home remodeling, especially when renovating bathrooms. The owners of a home in Manlius, NY completely remodeled a bathroom and added Universal Design features for accessibility, comfort and safety.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design

10 Practical Universal Design Features for Master Bathrooms

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

A master bathroom is a personal retreat. When people consider remodeling a bathroom they often think about tile, fixtures and amenities. However, it’s important to be practical when planning a master bath remodeling project and to give thought to comfort, safety and function.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

8 Design Ideas for Safe and Accessible Bathrooms

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Home accidents often occur in bathrooms due to slips and falls. Safety and access are important factors in designing functional and accommodating bathrooms.

What should you consider when planning to renovate or remodel a bathroom? We have eight design ideas to share that will make your bathroom spaces safer and user-friendly.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

Project of the Month: A Universal Design Lakefront Home

Posted by Scott McClurg on Wed, Jan 6, 2016

We worked with a Skaneateles, NY couple to build their lakefront dream home that has many special Universal Design features. These features are so subtle that you may not recognize them, but would admire the home for its smart, efficient and practical design. The transitional design of the home is perfect for the owners and very accommodating when they get together with friends and family.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Universal Design

Universal Design Features for Every Remodeling Project [Free Guide]

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Dec 15, 2015

We are often contacted by homeowners who ask us to modify one or more spaces in their home to accommodate the changed needs of family members. Needs can change due to illness, injury, aging, the arrival of a newborn, when a parent moves in or other situations.

When lifestyle changes occur, the design of a home and fixtures can present obstacles or become dysfunctional for residents. For example, a person who is impeded by arthritis may reach a point where it is difficult to safely enter a home via stairs or to use a bathtub.

Can homes be designed to accommodate the inevitable changes we all go through during our lifetime? Rather than adapting our homes to each life event, what if we could plan ahead and design our homes so anyone can use them without the need for specialized adaptations?

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Topics: Universal Design

9 Important Safety Features for Walk-in Showers

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Walk-in showers are a popular home remodeling project. Many homeowners are eliminating the tub/shower combination and adding walk-in showers to their bathroom spaces. One reason for the change is safety. Walk-in showers are more easily accessible and you no longer have to step over a 15-inch side of a tub to enter or exit, which reduces the risk of falling.

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Topics: Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

Universal Design: 12 Tips for Designing Safe Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Homes can present barriers or become hazardous not only for older adults but also for those with temporary mobility impairments such as a teen who injures a leg in football practice or a person recovering from surgery. If you are planning to update or remodel a bathroom or bedroom, consider these "Universal Design" tips to improve access and safety in your home.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design

Planning Tips for a Bathroom Remodeling Project

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Have you been thinking about remodeling a bathroom? It’s important to have some ideas in hand before discussing your bathroom remodeling project with your contractor. Clarifying your objectives and priorities will also be helpful in determining a budget for the project.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

Project of the Month: North Syracuse Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Aug 5, 2014

A 1980s master bathroom in a North Syracuse home was renovated with modern amenities. During the 1980s, whirlpool tubs, brass metallic finishes, wood finish trims and solid surface counters with integrated sinks were state-of-the-art in bathroom décor. After thirty years products and design trends change. Today, the features homeowners look for in a master bathroom include walk-in showers without doors, environmentally friendly showerheads, multiple showerheads, comfort height toilets, stone counters, self-closing cabinet drawers and doors, heated floors and safety features such as grab bars and slip-resistant flooring.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month, Universal Design