Not surprisingly, consider these facts:
In 2010, approximately 40% of the population was people 65 and over in the United States, as compared to 12% in 2004 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Additionally there are about 76 million Baby Boomers born between 1945 and 1963
Obviously, as people age and want to stay in their homes, there will be more demand for aging in place amenities. The current economic conditions may even lead to a spike in this demand, as even more people will want to stay in their homes, rather than sell them at depressed prices.
Helping people age-in-place is a topic that is near and dear to me. Over the last five years I have helped both my parents and in-laws modify their living environment to age-in-place. The following questions/answers hopefully can help you or someone you know deal with gracefully aging-in-place.
Questions to ask as you consider remodeling or modifying your home:
How should you modify your home to make it more comfortable?
To age-in-place you will probably need to modify your house as you mature to increase access and maneuverability. These modifications range from the installation of bath and shower grab bars and adjustment of countertop heights to the creation … Read More »
Here are 5 great ways to make your home renovation resolutions a reality!
1. Hire a skilled architect/builder to help you realize your dreams and organize your entire project from design to overseeing all of the trades involved.
2. Set a reasonable and realistic budget for your project. Don’t be surprised by costs in the end. Things cost more then you expect! Do some research and set a realistic budget that you can be comfortable with.
3. Consider eco-friendly/sustainable options. Going energy-efficient will save you money in the long term.
4. Create more value for your home. Consider remodeling the bathrooms or the kitchen. Not only will updating your kitchen or bath give you a more pleasant space to be in, but it will add value to your home.
5. Start with the right team (architect/builder). Get people involved in the project whom you trust. Using a team you can trust will give you peace of mind.
Happy New Year!
Yes, we do!
Not many people know that more than a third of our work (design and build) occurs on the commercial side of the spectrum. To Michael Menn Ltd., this is an extension of our residential roots. We have worked on projects ranging from converting 15,000 square foot- of warehouse into Class ‘A’ office space for one of our clients to several restaurants and retail stores.
Recently, we were approached by Resurrection Helathcare to help them develop a new prototype for their health system. By partnering with Jewel Food Stores and Resurrection Hospital we created a new style of walk-in clinic. This is not your average 250 square foot clinic usually associated with either a drugstore chain or food chain, this was an 800 square foot clinic where the palette of services rendered was much more extensive.
Meeting the Challenge – Design
The design challenge was magnified because the only walk-in clinics to date, were small and limited in the services they could provide because of the staff available. All clinics were located in stores that were owned either by the drugstores or food stores. We worked with both the hospital and Jewel Food Stores to understand size, location and services being rendered.
Unlike … Read More »