December 15, 2017 12:00 pm
Are you looking to accommodate an elderly loved one in your home, or is s/he looking to age in place in the comfort and familiarity of their own home? In either case, is the house prepared, or rather, is it accessible for and does it meet the needs of your loved one? If not, you should consider performing some modifications so that your loved one, be it a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even a friend, will be able to navigate easily and comfortably around the house. Let’s take a look at some ideas to make their experience aging in place as seamless and comfortable as possible:
- Doorways and Entrances – A good place to start these modifications is with doorways and entrances into the house. Are they too narrow for your loved one, especially to accommodate a wheelchair? If so, you would do well to widen the entrances and even the hallways if necessary to make mobility easier. You could also install motion sensor lights outside, along the walkway and/or driveway for both security and convenience purposes.
- Bathroom – The bathroom can be a problem area in your house for your loved one. If going from a standing position to a sitting position and vice versa is a challenge, consider installing handrails and grab bars at key problem areas around the bathroom, like next to the toilet and on the shower wall(s). If your loved one has limited mobility, installing a walk-in shower in place of a traditional tub may be the way to go.
- Knobs and Switches – Does your loved one have trouble grasping door knobs or reaching light switches? If so, consider opting for lever door handles as opposed to traditional door knobs, as well as lowering the height of light switches around the house.
- Staircase – If the idea of walking up and down the stairs is daunting for your loved one, it may be best to install a stairlift. This nifty gadget will safely transport your loved one up and down the stairs, and even comes equipped with a seat belt.
A house should be the safest place for any person. And accessibility factors into that, too. If you’re looking to renovate your house for aging in place, call the team at Asher Nichols & Craftsmen at (617) 417-0020, or fill out the form on our contact page.
December 8, 2017 11:30 am
Are you looking to renovate your home but worry about the impact your home improvement project will have on the environment? Luckily, there are eco-friendly products and materials you can use for virtually any project. Your home improvement project doesn’t have to take a toll on the environment. There are eco-friendly ideas and options for every stage of the project. Let’s take a look:
- Plan for eco-friendliness – The first step to any remodeling project is the planning phase. This is when you brainstorm ideas for the specified project, including looking at hiring environmentally conscious professionals, such as the team at Asher Nichols & Craftsmen. Throughout the entire project, we are constantly thinking about how we can leave the smallest carbon footprint while still producing a quality finished product. Some of our best practices include using barrels and waste haulers instead of those harmful black plastic bags, as well as working a 40-hour week in just four days to reduce carbon emissions during the commute, which increases productivity by 20%.
- Selecting the right materials – The next step in the process is to decide on which materials you want to use. Environmentally-friendly materials are widely available and without breaking the bank. Some of the most common options we recommend are replacing the bulbs in your home with LED ones, using Energy Star-certified energy-efficient appliances, and using low- or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, caulking, and sealants, which are much safer for your family and home than traditional options.
- Cleanup: The Final Act – The last stage of the project, once it’s finished, is the cleanup. This is arguably the point when the environment is neglected, as many people just want to be through with the project. As previously stated, Asher Nichols opts for barrels and waste haulers in place of plastic bags that just end up in landfills. Of the materials you have left over at the end of the project, look at what can be recycled or saved for another project down the line.
Your home improvement project doesn’t have to come at the cost of the environment. There are eco-friendly options and materials our team at Asher Nichols can use to give you the perfect finished product you’ve been dreaming of. For all your home improvement needs, questions, and concerns, call Asher Nichols & Craftsmen at (617) 417-0020, or fill out the form on our contact page.