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Changing Homes into Accessible Housing

By 2030 one out of every five people in the U.S. will be 65-plus. With baby boomers retiring and becoming older, will older homeowners have to purchase specifically designed accessible homes? Thankfully not!

Increasing numbers of professional remodelers are changing up existing homes of older residents to accommodate accessibility needs. Universal features like walk-in showers and exterior ramps can be incorporated into many houses.

It often makes sense to remodel older residents’ current homes so that they are able to age comfortably without needing to move. Main floor master bedroom additions are wise changes; they can be used as a master suite from the get-go, or as guest quarters until needed by the homeowners. Ramps can be blended into the architecture and landscaping, and then they can accommodate a wheelchair or walker in the future. Wide doorways, no steps into the home, easy-to-open windows, lower counters, and so many other remodeling changes will make your home appealing and livable for a wide age- and accessibility-range of buyers and homeowners.

AARP has a free booklet entitled “The Do-Able Renewable Home” at www.universaldesign.com.

DIY Home Improvement Projects for Summer

Summer is a popular time for homeowners to make improvements to their home. With a little patience and a trip or two to the local hardware store, homeowners can change the look of their home while increasing the value of the house with these DIY home improvement projects.

Spruce Up Curb Appeal
Before any visitors or potential buyers down the road will notice home improvements, first they will see the exterior. Update the mailbox and address numbers, trim back shrubs, and add flowers or native plants from the region to dramatically change the appearance of the home. To gain a better perspective on the exterior, stand at the curb facing the house and make note of anything that could be updated. Investing in curb appeal can bring a return of four times what the homeowner spent when selling the house.

fixer-upper3Freshen Up the Paint
Get out the paint. Whether it’s touching up a color you already have, or adding a bold accent wall, a fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest and easiest ways to brighten up the house. Before painting, make sure to patch up any holes, no matter how small, and lightly sand the patch work to give the walls a smooth finish.

Illuminating Ideas
Give new light to your home by painting current lighting fixtures or updating lighting fixtures with energy efficient fixtures or ceiling fans. Ceiling fans will not only provide light, but it will create a breeze, while reducing the use of the air conditioning. Before removing any lighting fixtures, turn off the breaker and disconnect the wires.

Revamp the Bathroom
A few minor changes in the bathroom can be advantageous without breaking the bank. Replace outdated noncompliant plumbing fixtures with compliant ones, and update the vanity. Consider adding new linens and accessories to give the bathroom a fresh, new, summery feel.

Spiff Up the Kitchen
Update the kitchen sink and faucet, install a backsplash, and give the cabinets a facelift by re-staining or painting them and changing the hardware to accent the new cabinets. Small changes in the kitchen can change the look of the kitchen. Investing in kitchen improvements can recoup up to 80 percent of the cost when you are ready to sell.

Add Architectural Interest
Crown molding, chair rails, and baseboards add a wow factor to a home and can be easily installed during a weekend home improvement project. Most hardware stores or lumber yards will cut the pieces for you, just be sure to measure and measure again to ensure accuracy. Crown molding won’t increase the value to the house, but will add to the overall appeal and it makes it easier for the homeowner to sell when ready.

Remove Popcorn Ceiling
Popcorn ceilings are outdated. Create a modern, sleek ceiling by removing the popcorn with a soften texture from a local hardware store and scraping the ceilings. If you prefer to have popcorn ceilings, applying a fresh coat of paint to the ceiling will brighten up the room. Although, removing popcorn ceilings won’t increase the value to the house, it will make it easier for you to sell when the time comes.

Clean Home, Increased Interest

Have you considered converting to green in your home?

go greenGreen Energy is hot right now and it got me thinking about the of converting to green in our existing homes. Being able to list your house as a ‘green’ home must still be a novelty these days. One reason is that it can be expensive to switch to green, but there are reasonable contributions that the average family can easily make toward green living. Continue reading

Quick Fixes to Common Home Problems

Owning a home can be wonderful, but sometimes the amount of repairs required, big and small, can begin to feel overwhelming. While there are many household problems that should be fixed by a professional—think plumbing and electrical work—there are other, less prominent problems that you can solve on your own! Continue reading

Making the most of a spare room

If you’re lucky enough to have extra space in your home in the form of an unused spare room, then turning it into a multipurpose space that can still accommodate overnight visitors is a great way to show off the versatility of your home to potential buyers, as well as improve your living arrangements by rethinking how the space can best be used in your life. Maybe you want to devote a spare room to just one focus, or perhaps you want it to have three functions, with a mix of office, guest, and music space. Whatever suits your lifestyle, considering your options is an important first step to transforming your space and maximizing your home’s marketability.

Here are a few options for you to make the most of your home’s spare room: Continue reading

Review your homeowner’s policy

It’s that time of year again: time to review your homeowners’ insurance policy.

Wait—you don’t typically do that? There are many reasons why you should give this important policy an annual review, particularly if you made changes to your home during the past year.

Here are some tips regarding what to look for when you do your review. Continue reading

Event: San Diego Spring Home Show

At the Home Show, their goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel.

Set your imagination free, be inspired by expert advice from our home improvement professionals, national celebrities and local specialists. Attended the seminars and demos.

Friday, January 10 from 11am – 9pm
Saturday, January 11 from 10am – 8pm
Sunday, January 12 from 10am – 6pm

Cost: $5

Location: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 9210

More info: www.homeshowsandiego.com

Create a Kid-Friendly Yard

A kid-friendly yard doesn’t need to mean a lawn littered with weathered neon plastic toys. In fact, creating a great kid-friendly yard is less about buying equipment and more about creating an exciting outdoor space that offers plenty of opportunities to explore, experiment, have adventures, play, and imagine. And, fortunately, a lot of the things that kids love about a yard are the same things adults love. The goal is to hit the sweet spot between an aesthetically-pleasing space the adults want with the fun play space the kids want. Here are some ideas for getting there:
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