The owner of this single family home in Dallas wanted to update the Master Bathroom. In addition to the master bathroom the house also had a guest bathroom. The master only had a sink and commode. After meeting with the owner's our Interior Designer suggested a reconfiguration of master and guest bathrooms that would add a shower to the master bathroom
Renowned Renovation gutted both the master and quest bedrooms, framed a smaller guest bedroom, re-plumbed the master for a shower, installed new vanities, commodes, flooring and fixtures to give this home a fresh look and appeal.
Renowned Renovation recently remodeled a single family home on Beverly Drive in the Highland Park area in Dallas, TX that was built in 1932. The owner want to update the master bathroom with a standard tub shower into one with a modern senior-friendly bath with a walk-in-tub.
This article was posted in the AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES section on the AARP’s website. They are a nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. The author, Vince Butler is a professional remodeler and writes about 21 things he wishes he’d followed based on his own advice to clients wanting to make their homes aging-friendly. Click here for the complete article or see the highlights below.
1. Raise the Outlets. Lower the Switches
There is no height requirement for electrical outlets or switches in most homes in the U.S. In fact, outlets are typically placed at a height equal to the length of a hammer simply because it saves measuring time during construction. Ask to have your outlets raised to 18″ above the floor so they’re easier to reach while standing or from a seated position. Light switch boxes are generally set above 48″. If you move the box below 48″ it makes the switch easier to reach from a wheelchair, scooter or by a child.
2. Use Aging-Friendly Light Switches
Paddle-style switches are better than a traditional toggle switch since they can be easily operated with a finger, knuckle or even an elbow.
3. Over Light and Dim it Down
It’s always better to install more lighting than you think you’ll need and include dimmers for control. Coming back later to correct a dark corner or work area is expensive and messy. LED lights provide excellent illumination without overtaxing the wiring circuits and are easily dimmable.
4. Use Wide Doorframes
Use doors that are ideally 36″ wide. (The minimum width used should be at least 32″.) You don’t have to install the wider doors now, but if you frame for that possibility you’ll preserve the space and locate switches, pipes and other obstructions clear of any future widening.
5. Select Aging-Friendly Hardware
When choosing door knobs, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures, select designs that can be comfortably used without excessive pinching, twisting or force. Consider whether a child or a person without full use of his hands or arms could successfully use the item.
6. Double-Up On Handrails
Staircases should have a handrail on each side to provide additional support or to assist someone who has a strength imbalance due to age, injury or illness. Double handrails make staircases safer and easier to use.
7. Wider is Better Than Narrow
Most residential staircases are 36″ wide, but if a project includes a new staircase, 42″ would be better. That width makes it easier for two people to use the stairs side-by-side and better accommodates a lift chair, if required. Also, a wider staircase is especially useful when moving furniture!
8. Deep is Better Than Shallow
If space allows, make the treads (the flat part of the step) a bit deeper and the risers a bit shorter. Even a small change can make the stairs safer and easier to use.
9. Put Power Nearby
Include an electrical outlet at the top and/or bottom of the stairs. That way, if you ever install a lift chair it can be plugged in and charged without having to use an unsightly and possibly hazardous extension cord. In the meantime, having an electrical outlet near the stairs is very handy when vacuuming.
10. Shine a Light on It
Building codes require that staircases have switches at the top and bottom. However, we don’t always use those lights when our hands are full or we don’t want to disturb sleepers in the bedrooms nearby. Motion-activated switches that turn lights on and off automatically are a helpful option.
11. Block the Bars in the Bathroom
When a grab bar isn’t securely mounted, it’s more likely to become loose and fall off the wall. The best way to prevent this is before the walls are finished by installing horizontal wood “blocking” at the proper height for grab bars in the tub, shower and toilet areas. Installing such blocking is inexpensive and easy to do during construction but can be very costly and disruptive later. Tip: Before the drywall is installed, run a measuring tape from the floor up to the framing and take a picture to document exactly where the blocking has been placed. There are ways to install grab bars without blocking but nothing is more solid and secure than fastening directly to the wood framing.
12. Open and Close the Door
Doors are the number one obstacle to having a usable bathroom when someone requires assistance or is using a mobility aid. Sometimes an out-swing door works better for a bathroom than an in-swinging one. In other scenarios, a pocket door may be the better solution.
13. Cut-out the Curb
A shower is generally more usable and safer than a bathtub. Eliminate the typical step-over shower curb for a zero-step solution. If desired, the space can accommodate a frameless glass shower enclosure or, if needed, be converted into a fully-accessible shower for either a seated transfer or roll-in use.
14. Grab the Grab Bars Now
If the walls are blocked already, install the grab bars. People of all ages can benefit from having something to grab onto near the shower or tub. (I found the grab bars in my bathroom to be quite helpful while I was recovering from shoulder surgery.)
15. Kitchen Counters – Low, Medium and High
Various height kitchen countertops provide options for use by a child, a tall person and someone who prefers to sit rather than stand while preparing a meal.
16. Put it Away
Provide storage options in locations that don’t require lifting, and include pull-out drawers and trays and other accessories to increase usability. 1
7. Pick Aging-Friendly Appliances
Consider the design of stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators to minimize or eliminate hazards such as reaching over a hot burner to adjust the controls. Evaluate the design for usability by people with varying abilities and locate the appliances to minimize lifting or bending. For instance, placing a microwave oven above the range is an example of not planning for the future.
18. Two Sinks are Better Than One
Consider installing a second sink with a pullout spray faucet near the cooking area. Doing so is handy for filling a pot with water for boiling — and then emptying that pot without having to carry it across the kitchen.
19. Easy In, Easy Out
There should be at least one way to get into the home without having to use steps. Installing a zero-step entry into the house (and into a shower, as noted above and shown at right) solves two of the most challenging obstacles to creating an age-friendly home. If plans include adding a garage or new living space, consider options that will create an entry that can be used by someone using a wheelchair, pushing a baby stroller or dragging wheeled luggage.
20. Stack the Closets
If a home has multiple levels, locating the closets in the same location on each floor creates space for a future elevator shaft. It might sound extravagant, but more and more houses are including this feature and the cost is minimized when the space is already available. Also, installing an elevator is often an affordable option compared to the cost of selling a home and relocating. If an elevator isn’t needed, the house has two very useful closets.
21. One-Level Living
In an ideal world, all multistory homes would contain a full bath on the first or entry floor as well as a bedroom or room that could be converted into a bedroom. When building a new residence or renovating one, the existence of these two rooms are key to a home being aging friendly. Look at your home and the spaces in it. A den may become a first floor bedroom, permanently or during a convalescence. A playroom might evolve into an exercise room. You probably won’t anticipate all the future uses of your home, but the benefits of these improvements will be useful today and for many years.
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The new owners of this 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo in The Terrace Condominiums , a luxury mid rise condominium building in Victory Park located at 2323 Houston St, which exemplifies Dallas luxury and style contacted Renowned Renovation to update their Kitchen.
We worked with the original designer and he provided us the specs for the flooring, paint colors, silestone counter-tops, backs-plash, and lighting as you can see below.
A Kitchen face lift might be best option of the three different ways you can bring new life into your home’s kitchen. You can give a kitchen a face-lift, renovation or a complete remodel. The difference between the three is time and money. A face-lift for your kitchen normally involve stalling new counter-tops and updating your cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or refinishing them to bring back the original luster.
Contact us for a free estimate today for a kitchen face-lift, a kitchen renovation and/or a full kitchen remodel. Renowned renovation is here to help you make the right decision. Will help your dreams come true for your kitchen!
Here are three pictures of a Dallas Texas kitchen that we recently gave a face-lift to.
As you can see the cabinet’s went from Dark Wood to a much more modern light color. New counter tops were installed, replacing the dark counter tops you see in the picture.
The Dallas homeowner wanted to keep all of the existing appliances sinks and faucets.
With the popularity of renovation TV shows, you may be under the impression that your kitchen needs a complete overhaul. But many times, your kitchen can benefit just from a few simple tweaks to increase visual interest and functionality. Whether you’re introducing an easy change or want to explore total kitchen remodeling, these ideas will give you a jumping-off point in terms of re-imagining your existing space. Here are three simple ways you can update one of the most important rooms in your home: the kitchen.
Although you may be tempted to do a full kitchen remodel, sometimes little improvements will have a huge impact. Not only will your kitchen look fresh and new, but you can add a lot of value — and decrease the need for unnecessary updates and countertop maintenance — with small updates that your family (or potential home buyers) will notice and love.
Did you know that a small kitchen renovation can bring you an 82.7% return on investment? A recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders’ found that 69% of homeowner requests involve kitchen remodeling services. Modern, luxury kitchen features have never been more in demand.
Even if you don’t want to re-do the entire kitchen, there are still simple ways to upgrade. New countertop installation can be especially rewarding when it comes to selling your home or even just investing in kitchen remodeling for your own enjoyment.
It’s important to know that all materials aren’t created equal. Granite, marble, quartz, and quartzite are some of the most popular countertop materials, but they don’t all have the same durability.
This material is very hard and lasts around 50 years without a scratch when maintained properly. However, despite its hard nature, it is still a highly porous material that will stain without sealing. It is recommended to seal granite countertops yearly.
Also, because granite is designed by Mother Nature, the material isn’t uniform in coloring. This can be a pro or con depending on your tastes, but you can possibly expect different color variances than you originally ordered.
Similar to granite, marble are very porous and must be sealed regularly. Marble is softer than granite and is more prone to etching from knives and pan scratches. Acidic materials and colored liquids are more likely to erode and stain marble than any other materials, so great caution must be made in the kitchen to wipe up spills quickly. Cutting boards are also essential with marble.
The designs on marble are also much more consistent than granite (think gray veining streaks across the entirety of the material against a white or light gray body). Despite these minor drawbacks, marble is an bright luxury material that will be the focal point of any kitchen.
This countertops are manufactured in a variety of different colors and patterns, and are more predictable in their composition. Quartz are made with plastic resin and are therefore not as heat resistant. They are just as hard as granite but are non-porous and do not require any sealing. They will not stain, but will discolor over time if exposed to direct sunlight.
Since quartz is manufactured, seams in the different slabs will be easier to hide than the other materials during countertop installation.
Known as a natural-forming rock and has a similar appearance to marble. It is the hardest of all four materials and is extremely heat resistant. Like the other two naturally-forming materials, quartzite must be sealed, as to prevent staining.
So which of these natural stone materials is best for your next kitchen remodeling project? Ultimately, when it comes to countertop installation, there are other factors at play, such as how the chosen material will match the existing kitchen design.
To find the option that works best for you, find experienced kitchen remodeling services who have worked with these materials before. And if you’re in the Dallas area, contact Renowned Renovations to start designing.
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This Richardson Texas homeowner called Renowned Renovation seeking a qualified contractor to not only renovate their kitchen but to also help guide design and space planning. They had one other request; keep the floor.
It was an absolute pleasure working with the owner’s and we wish them well in their new kitchen!
Keeping the existing floor s alway an interesting challenge, but not to much for Renowned Renovation. After taking a look at the kitchen we quickly realized the traditionally framed pantry was a waste of space and building a fully functional cabinet pantry with pull outs and built in fridge box we were able to really utilize the space. We added all new cabinets and emphasized drawers on the lowers, a smaller island with trash pull, and added a breakfast table. The stainless steel appliances and Blanco Cascade sink blended beautifully with the paint colors selected by the Long’s. Add in the Arctic White matte 2×8 subway backsplash in a herringbone pattern and Calacatta Borghini Quartz and have contemporary elegance meets traditional home seamlessly.
This a recent kitchen remodel by Renowned Renovations in the Bishop Arts District Area of Dallas. For more details on the project and before kitchen remodeling scroll down.
Scope of Work
The owner of this 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow style home contacted us because her galley style kitchen and attached laundry room sorely needed to be updated and opened up.
This older home had an adjacent room to the kitchen that we were able expand into after removing the dividing laundry room and wall. By utilizing the wall space in the now spacious space, we were able to add Shaker style cabinets that stretch to the back wall, and span to the ceiling, giving us a space in which to incorporate the washer, dryer, and water heater.
With the client’s choice of a Quartzite counter, a complimentary cabinet color, and hardwood flooring with the warm tone of mahogany, we were able to create a kitchen with a clean modern feel that still has some of the older craftsman details incorporated.
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Check out this recently remodeled kitchen in the Bishop Arts District Area in Dallas Texas. Please ask us for a list of referrals and we’ll be happy to provide you with the contact information for several recently satisfied homeowners and clients who had a variety of renovation work done…from kitchens, bathrooms, counter-tops, flooring and everything in between.
If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen and you want a premier renovation contractor, Renowned Renovation specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling and work with selective homeowners in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex from Farmers Branch, Lakewood, Highland Park, Oak Lawn, East Dallas, Flower Mound and everywhere in between. Contact us ( 972-232-7122) to discuss your kitchen remodeling needs .
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