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Fireplace Surround Idea: MSI Stacked Stone

Thinking about updating your fireplace? Here is a fireplace surround idea using MSI’s Stacked Stone Charcoal Pencil Stacked Stone that we installed in a Northeast Dallas. It features thin strips of slate for a contemporary twist. Suitable for a variety of projects including backsplashes and accent walls.

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Bathroom Reconfiguration

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

Floor Plan Before Remodeling

Proposed Reconfigured 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.

After Renowned Renovation Bathroom Remodel

Before Renowned Renovation Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling Ideas: Age Friendly Bathtubs

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. 

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Resources For Aging Friendly Remodeling

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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Declare Your Independence and the Freedom to Dream

This 4th Declare Your Independence by Design and Freedom to Dream!

The most well-designed rooms always have an element of the “unexpected”. So, this 4th, declare your Independence with exciting breakthrough design!

Meet Melissa Blassingille; she recently joined the Renowned Renovation team to head up our Dallas Design Services. She specializes in working with condo, townhome, and residential homeowners in Dallas.

If you are ready to transform your old bathroom or kitchen or just getting started thinking about your remodeling project Melissa can help you turn your ideas into reality.

Melissa Blassingille is Renowned Renovation's in-house Design Consultant

Melissa Blassingille
Design Consultant

It all starts with a phone consultation, followed by a free in-home estimate.

Once we start making your dream room come to life Melissa will continue to support your project with planning, schematics, selecting finishes and how to access to our secure website with all of the details of you project.

Meanwhile here are great resources to help you Go Fourth and get your creative juice flowing:

Call Melissa today to Declare Your Independent and Freedom to Dream! (972) 232-7122

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Real Estate Investor Services

Real Estate Investor Services

Renowned Renovation has added consulting and remodeling services for real estate investors who are flipping houses.

Renowned Renovation consults on remodeling costs-investment, selecting the right general contractors, auditing the budget, preform on-site inspections, and the final walk=thru. Or we can preform all the work using our teams in the local Dallas Area.

This investor hired Renowned Renovation to remodel this million dollar Dallas home before putting back on the market for resale. The investor did not have the time to deal with any of the day-to-day decisions and gave Renowned Renovation total control of the project with a fixed budget to demo and remodel the entire home and the pool room. Both the investor and Renowned Renovation had one goal. Get the highest rate of return for his investment in the house by updating it with the new floors, counter tops replacement windows, bathroom showers, fresh paint and the latest appliances.

Remodeling Services Needed

  • Demolition
  • Hardwood and Tile Floor Installations
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen Carpentry, Kitchen Electrical, Kitchen Plumbing, Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchen Granite, Wall Tile Installation Kitchen, Kitchen Fixtures
  • Master Bathroom Cabinets, Granite, Master Shower pan and walls, Master Wall Tile Installation, Shower Glass, Entry Bath Granite
  • Laundry Cabinets
  • Convert Indoor Pool House to Indoor-Outdoor Pool House
After Renowned Renovation Remodeling

 

Before Renowned Renovation Remodeling

Home Remodeling Investor Services

Home Remodeling Investor Services

Full Home Remodeling Dallas Texas

We are now starting the finish out of the kitchen and bathroom. What this means is sheetrock, tile and wood flooring, tape, bed, texture, and coming soon is cabinets! 

As you can see the kitchen, living, hallway, and bathrooms are all being remodeled to the owner's desired design. 

Stay tuned for photos and video as we continue to put the finishing on this M-Street home in the heart of Dallas.

Michael Clower
Operations Director

We are happy to answer any questions you may have, or schedule a one-on-one to go over your home remodeling needs. Click here to contact us, the remodeling experts, or call us today at 972-232-7122.

Home Renovation Dallas Texas

We are just getting ready to wrap up a new whole home remodeling renovation project for the owner of this Dallas home. We do complete remodel of the kitchen, bathrooms, and living. This includes removing everything in the kitchen, bathrooms and living room all the way down to the studs. Here is what it looks like before we get started.

If you are thinking about renovating your bathroom, Renowned Renovation is the choice for selective homeowners wanting Home Renovation Dallas Texas. Premier local Dallas Ft-Worth renovation remodeling contractor specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. We worked with homeowners in several Texas areas. Professional craftsmen worked with homeowners from Lakewood, Highland Park, Oak Lawn, East Dallas, Flower Mound and everywhere. Contact us to discuss your homes future.

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.  We can provide clients who had a variety of renovation work done from kitchens, baths and flooring and everything in between.

If you would like to see what some our homeowners feedback on their renovation click here or you can see our reviews on Facebook.

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