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What is Aging in Place?

What is Aging in Place?

Aging with Grace:
Preparing For Your Future Quality of Life

Aging in PlaceThe “forever home” phrase is one that brings about a vision of comfort, ease and enjoyment. A place to finally sit back and enjoy family, friends and the fruits of your labor. Between envisioning the celebrations and gatherings to come, we oftentimes overlook how our homes will serve our day-to-day life. As we age, our mobility and accessibility needs change. Is your home equipped with the conveniences to support your imagined quality of life for the next 20 years? If you’re considering a remodel, strategic planning and purposeful design selections can make future lifestyle adjustments easy as you age. Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) are interior designers who have completed additional educational courses focusing on design elements that allow you to continue living independently as you age.

Compiled by a few of our home remodeling experts, here are a few Aging in Place elements suggested for consideration by Sea Pointe Construction’s team of knowledgeable, Certified Aging in Place Specialists.

The Big Picture

Focusing first inside the home, start by having a CAPS professional assess your floor plan. Is your master bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor? Single story living eliminates the hassle of climbing stairs, ideal for those suffering from arthritic hip, knee or foot pain. Consider creating a space on the first story that can be used as a guest bedroom now, while providing an option to create a master bedroom and bathroom alternative for the future. A home designer can offer conversion options or help you determine the best approach to building additional square footage onto your home.

Included in her initial assessment of a home’s floor plan, CAPS Designer Lisa Greiner, values her Aging in Place education as framework for individualized design.

“The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) identifies minimum width requirements for hallways, doorways and walkways intended for Aging in Place allowing for wheelchairs or other mobility options. Rather than simply satisfying these requirements, I take a client’s lifestyle into great consideration and use the NAHB specifications as a guideline. You should always design for the continued enjoyment of everyday living. Your home should be functional, assessable and most importantly comfortable!”

Shifting outside, Certified Aging in Place design is about minimizing maintenance while increasing ease of accessibility in your home. Oftentimes overlooked, the landscape and outdoor living areas that may surround your home are no exception. As supported by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), self-sustaining shrubbery and a low-maintenance vinyl or brick facade are beautiful, no-hassle options for maintaining curb appeal.

Aging in Place Bathrooms

Aging in Place has become synonymous with accessible bathrooms, and rightfully so! According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom. Moreover, research shows that the number of injuries sustained between the ages of 65 and 75 more than doubles between the ages of 75 and 85. Ultimately peaking within the 85+ age group, bathroom injuries are easily reduced with thoughtful Aging in Place design.

What may seem like a non-issue now, the ease with which you step in and out of a shower area may change with age. When possible, a curbless shower can solve accessibility concerns without sacrificing style. For areas that call for balance support, especially in the shower and around a bathtub, grab bars offer secondary stabilization and are now offered in a variety of fashionable options. As you age, vision issues can impair one’s depth perception. Consider using different colored flooring materials where there is a step or change in floor level. In the shower, an adjustable or handheld showerhead offers comfort and safety allowing for one to be seated or standing.

While selecting your design materials, be mindful of textures. With an understanding of the differences in tile materials and fishiness, professional design guidance from a Certified Aging in Place Specialist is invaluable to making slip-resistant selections. Similarly, mindful decisions should be made when selecting plumbing and lighting fixtures. Various toilet heights are available as well as touch faucets making everyday use easy and stress-free. A proper lighting plan is also an important design element that should be considered, including general room lighting and task lighting.

Whether you’re planning for the next three years or fifteen years, designing with the future in mind deserves serious consideration. Kitchen and bath designers who have an Aging in Place education will expertly guide you through the remodeling process, adding style and safety to your “forever home” vision.

A Bathroom Remodel Delivers Amazing Value

A Bathroom Remodel Delivers Amazing Value

Bathroom RemodelMany homeowners look for ways to add value and design into their homes without having to spend a major fortune or embark on a total home remodeling adventure. A bathroom remodel may just be the perfect way to combine increased home value with a modest investment cost. Then there is of course the added bonus of enjoying your new bathroom oasis for yourself!

Anyone will tell you that investing in a great kitchen or bathroom, is money well spent. They are the two rooms in a home that will increase the value and prestige of your home every time. The great thing about a bathroom remodel is that they are typically much smaller and less involved than a kitchen remodel. This means that even if you splurge on some gorgeous high-end finishes, the overall cost isn’t going to be exorbitant.

Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

Like any other home remodeling project, planning is key. Our design specialists will start by asking you a few important questions:

  • How many people will be using this bathroom? What size will it need to be?
  • Will this be a guest bath? A kid’s bathroom? A master bath?
  • What is your design taste like? Don’t worry – we can show you many designs and examples beforehand to help you choose!
  • How much time do you spend in the bathroom?
  • Is this the home you plan to retire and grow old in?
  • Do you want to re-sell your home in the near future?
  • Do you have any medical issues that you’ll need to account for in the design?
  • Do you need more storage or space?

We would love to help you bring your vision to life! Being able to identify exactly what you need … and want … is the first step in creating the bathroom of your dreams. This is where a great construction company and design team comes into play. They can help you find your own unique style, identify the right materials and must-haves for your space, and provide you with ideas that you never even thought of; towel warmers, steam showers, heated floors, a television or a fabulous fireplace to name just a few.

How to Design Small Spaces with Huge Impact

How to Design Small Spaces with Huge Impact

STUNNING DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR SECONDARY SPACES

Design for Small SpacesWhen it comes to residential remodeling, homeowners tend to prioritize kitchens, living spaces and master suites above their homes smaller or secondary spaces. Seeing as the larger spaces are the most frequented by family, friends and houseguests; this remodeling mindset is not unwarranted. On the same hand, dream kitchens should never come at the expense of powder bathroom design. The Sea Pointe Construction team believes that spaces, both big and small, deserve the same attention to detail. Straight from our industry experts, here are a few tips and tricks for adding that wow-factor to those overlooked and under-designed small spaces.

POWDER BATHROOM

Powder bathroom designs can be tricky, we know. Larger spaces allow for multidimensional design, whereas a similar approach may feel overwhelming in a powder bathroom. While working with clients, Sea Pointe Construction design consultant Carolyn Hall shares “after guests admire your beautifully designed kitchen, blow them away with an equally excellent powder bathroom!” Rather than selecting a serious tile, Carolyn encourages homeowners to make a single daring and adventurous selection. Deco, Mediterranean or Malibu style tile statement walls, add both design interest and personality to the smallest of spaces. Even as a framing detail, an unexpected tile feature is exactly the pop of flair most powder bathrooms are lacking.

LAUNDRY ROOM

Traditionally tucked away in a drab, unfrequented area of the home, laundry rooms are in serious need of design attention. Best said by Sea Pointe Construction design consultant Georgia Clarke, “No one enjoys doing laundry, but there is no reason why that workspace can’t be a beautiful one!” Luckily for homeowners, laundry room updates don’t typically make a huge impact on budget. Incorporating custom cabinetry, for specific storage needs, keeps miscellaneous laundry items off surfaces, and adds a sense of organization. A countertop, however small, makes for a great folding or sorting station. Rounding out the room with a specialty design feature, such as a sliding barn door or a phenomenal backsplash, adds extra style.

GUEST BATHROOM

Guest bathroom remodeling budgets are often compromised by a homeowner’s master bathroom focused excitement. What many clients don’t realize is that, unlike a master bathroom, most guest bathroom remodels call for minimal cabinetry, fewer tiles and less surface material. In other words, stylish guest bathroom remodels are much more manageable and attainable than they’re perceived to be! The Sea Pointe Construction design team starts with statement cabinetry for an eye catching vanity. Such a commanding design element builds character, without the need for expensive, luxury tile. In place of a shower curtain or pony wall, frameless shower doors create the illusion of space, and hugely impact the charm of small guest bathrooms. As a finishing touch, interesting plumbing fixtures further ignite the sense of professional design.

All in all, small spaces can add lively design and excitement to your home. Have fun, and explore attention-grabbing design materials before glazing over a seemingly secondary space.

The Ultimate Tile Guide

The Ultimate Tile Guide

Surface Selection 101Sea Pointe Stand Out Tile

Tile allows for originality and creates that wow-factor in kitchens and bathrooms. With endless options and possibilities, clients oftentimes have a hard time making a decision. Courtesy of the Sea Pointe Construction Design Team, below are some of our favorite tile options, combinations and applications.

Sophisticated Stone

For a client seeking an elegant and understated tile that doesn’t compromise on design and style, we suggest employing a marble mosaic. When an ultra-stylish design feature, such as a mosaic, comes together with an elegant and timeless design material, such as marble, the results are stunning.

Vibrant Variety

“When it comes to mixing and matching tile, harmony is key” says Sea Pointe Designer, Georgia Clarke. Indecisiveness is inevitable when it comes to tile selection, and we always encourage our clients to think outside the box. Limiting a kitchen remodel or bathroom design to one or two simple tiles is ordinary. At Sea Pointe Construction, we believe every design can be unique!  With professional design guidance, featuring four different tiles in a shower can be stunningly seamless!

Retro Reinvented

Subway style tile has been a staple of design since its inception. That being said, there are so many ways to take this classic design element to the next level. Utilizing materials such as metal or glass, will bring a breath of fresh air into a subway tile feature. Consider alternative patterns, such as herringbone, when using glass tiles.

Percaline Perfection

Porcelain tile “wood” planks have been pushed to the front lines of flooring options. Available in various colors and sizes, this is a great option for homeowners who love the wood floor aesthetic, but have concerns about durability and longevity. Not to mention, porcelain tile wood planks keep perfectly cool in our Southern California climate. But why limit this versatile design material to flooring? Explore the option of porcelain tile wood planks on walls for a stylized design aesthetic. You won’t be disappointed!

Distinctive Design

Don’t shy away from unconventional designs!  Any type of home remodeling is a large investment of not only time, but also money. When it’s all said and done, a newly remodeled space should be a reflection of the homeowner. We encourage clients to select materials that excite them and bring life into a space. We want every client to feel like a “kid in a candy shop” during the design process and it’s our duty to translate that excitement into a beautiful design.

Bathroom Remodel Must Haves

Bathroom Remodel Must Haves

When it comes to bathroom remodels, most people hold steadfast to their utilitarian mind-set. Functionality should be absolutely top of mind while considering changes to a bathroom, but pairing that functionality with just the right amount of design is how you create a comfortable bathroom retreat.

We’re sharing with you our list of bathroom “must-haves” in hopes that you’ll find inspiration to design your perfect bathroom.

EVALUATION

The first step to planning your new bathroom is evaluating how you use your current bathroom. Consider things like: Do you absolutely need two sinks, or would you prefer more counter space? What about that oversized jet tub that never seems to be used? Can we exchange the tub space for a larger shower or storage area? Have you thought about adding privacy to the toilet area?

LIGHTING

People are always blocking out sources of natural light in a bathroom, but we say, let the light in! We understand privacy concerns, but have you considered a skylight? Skylights are great over a shower or vanity. We all can agree that natural light beats out fluorescents every time.

STORAGE

There really is nothing worse than an overcrowded bathroom countertop. Number three on our bathroom must-have list is the importance of designing storage into your space. You will need a place to tuck away all those pesky bathroom items in order to showcase your beautiful new countertops and sink faucets. When planning for storage, think beyond towels and toiletries. Combine open shelving storage with more functional, traditional cabinetry for an interesting bathroom design. Talk to your bathroom designer about what items you use on a daily basis, and what products you typically store in your bathroom, so they can design with these things in mind.

BATHTUBS

The number one comment we hear from clients is, “But I need to keep a tub for resale.” Guess what? If you don’t want a tub, why would the next homeowner? According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), deluxe showers are becoming far more popular than spa tubs. Moreover, forget the conventional shower in which you barely had enough elbow space. Building a luxurious open shower with a built-in bench and large glass paneling will change your morning routine to that of an Herbal Essence commercial! The idea of taking out the tub and using that space for a larger shower may bring on some initial apprehension, but after one week with your new shower, you’ll never look back. Oversized, luxurious showers are actually adding value to a future home sale while giving you morning perks in your daily routine.

COLORS & MATERIALS

In 2017, we’ll be seeing more natural elegances in the bathroom. This look is easily achieved by bringing light, neutral colors and tones into the space. There are countless new materials that are being perfectly crafted with bathrooms in mind. For example, porcelain tile is now being made to look like wood, and it’s awesome! These tiles come in almost as many options as real wood floors, but with no scratches, maintenance or waterproofing issues. Consider using these “wood” tiles throughout the master bedroom suite to create an open, seamless look. When it comes to shower and bathroom walls, rather than going with a classic white subway tile, why not spice it up? There are now oversized panels made to mimic natural stone, such as marble, that are quickly gaining popularity. This look creates a stylish, tranquil vibe with no grout lines to clean. Tile manufacturers are also offering fun, textured tiles, even some with 3D elements to incorporate into your design for an edgy flair.