As we journey through life, there comes a time when our living spaces need a touch of transformation to suit our changing needs. Senior living renovations are not just about updating aesthetics; they’re about creating a haven of comfort and functionality for life’s next chapter. Whether you’re considering modifications for yourself or a loved one, these home renovation and remodeling ideas are designed to embrace the golden years with style and practicality.
Wave goodbye to cramped spaces and embrace the open concept trend. Knock down walls to create larger, flowing spaces that are easier to navigate. This not only enhances mobility but also promotes social interaction and maximizes natural light.
Bathrooms can be a source of frustration as we age, but a few thoughtful changes can make a world of difference. Install grab bars, walk-in tubs, and non-slip flooring to ensure safety without compromising on style.
Revamp the kitchen to be a user-friendly space. Lower countertops, pull-out shelves, soft-close drawers and cabinets, and lever-handled faucets are small adjustments that make a big impact, ensuring meal preparation remains an enjoyable activity.
A well-lit home is key for aging eyes. Consider adding task lighting, motion-sensor lights, and larger windows to brighten up the space. Smart lighting systems can be controlled effortlessly, making it easier to adapt to changing needs.
Replace carpets with hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring. These options are not only easier to clean, but they also minimize the risk of trips and falls. Adding rugs with non-slip pads can offer both comfort and safety.
Stay connected effortlessly by incorporating technology. Smart home devices like voice-controlled assistants, automated thermostats, and security systems can be tailored to enhance convenience and security.
Create serene outdoor retreats by designing accessible gardens, patios, or balconies. These areas provide a breath of fresh air and an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature from the comfort of you home.
Design rooms with versatility in mind. A guest room that can double as a hobby space or a home office that can accommodate a daybed ensures that every inch of your home serves a purpose.
Optimize storage by integrating easy-to-reach shelves, cabinets with pull-out organizers, and spacious closets. This not only minimizes clutter but also simplifies daily routines.
Consider future needs with features like stairlifts, ramps, and wider doorways that allow aging homeowners to comfortably remain in their cherished space even as mobility changes.
Transform bathrooms into personal spas with walk-in showers featuring benches, steam options, and adjustable showerheads. This luxurious touch promotes relaxation and self-care.
Consulting with professionals who specialize in universal design and aging-in-place renovations can provide tailored solutions that balance aesthetics and functionality, ensuring a home that adapts gracefully to the needs of its inhabitants.
Senior living renovations are about creating an environment that nurtures the spirit while embracing the changes that come with age. By infusing comfort, accessibility, and style into every corner of your living space, you’re crafting a home that is not only a reflection of your journey but also an empowering setting for life’s next chapter.
Consider enlisting the expertise of D&B Elite Custom; with a wealth of experience in universal design and aging-in-place renovations, we are dedicated to crafting spaces that harmoniously blend aesthetics and functionality. Our guidance will turn your renovation dreams into a reality that not only welcomes the future but also enhances your present comfort. Make your home, Elite.
In the world of home improvement, a trend that’s gaining immense popularity is the art of transforming mundane bathrooms into luxurious spa-like retreats. Gone are the days when bathrooms were mere functional spaces. Today, homeowners are embracing the concept of turning their bathrooms into havens of relaxation and rejuvenation. in this article we dive into the captivating trend of luxurious bathroom remodeling, where walk-in showers, soaking tubs, heated floors, and high-end fixtures are the stars of the show.
Modern life’s hustle and bustle often leaves us yearning for relaxation. Luxurious bathroom remodeling brings the tranquility of a spa right into your home. With carefully selected features, you can create an ambiance that soothes the senses and provides a much-needed escape.
Say goodbye to cramped shower stalls and hello to spacious walk-in showers. These grand installations offer the freedom to indulge in a showering experience like no other. Rainfall showerheads, built-in benches, and seamless glass enclosures make your daily routine a luxurious ritual.
Transform your bathroom into a sanctuary of relaxation with a soaking tub. These elegant tubs invite you to unwind in style, enveloping you in comfort and luxury. Choose from various designs, such as freestanding, corner, or sunken tubs, to make a statement in your remodeled bathroom.
Bid farewell to cold tiles underfoot by incorporating heated floors into your bathroom remodeling project. These radiant heating systems provide a touch of luxury while keeping you warm during colder months. Stepping onto a heated floor is the transition to start your morning off right.
Luxury lies in the details, and high-end fixtures are the epitome of this principle. From intricately designed faucets to gleaming hardware, these elements elevate the overall aesthetic of your bathroom. The gleam of polished metal adds an unmistakable touch of sophistication.
Proper lighting can make or break the ambiance of any space, and bathrooms are no exception. Incorporating soft, flattering lighting enhances the spa-like atmosphere. Consider pendant lights, backlit mirrors, under-lit cabinets, and dimmer switches to create a customizable and luxurious glow.
Minimalistic and streamlined designs are the hallmark of luxurious bathroom remodeling. Embrace clean lines, neutral color palettes, and cohesive textures to achieve an elegant, unified look that echoes high-end spa resorts.
Luxurious bathrooms are clutter-free havens. Integrate innovative storage solutions like built-in shelves, hidden cabinets, vanities with soft-close doors and drawers to keep your space organized and pristine, enhancing the overall luxurious feel.
Stay ahead of the curve by integrating smart technology into your bathroom remodel. Programmable showers, voice-activated lighting, and temperature-controlled features contribute to an ultra-modern, luxurious experience.
Luxury doesn’t have to come at the expense of the environment. Choose sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled glass, or low-flow fixtures to create an eco-friendly yet lavish bathroom space that aligns with your values.
Infuse your personality into your bathroom oasis with personalized touches. Artwork, plants, scented candles, and plush textiles can all contribute to the cozy, spa-like atmosphere you’re striving to achieve.
Lastly, consider the substantial return on investment that luxurious bathroom remodeling can bring. Not only does it enhance your daily life, but it also adds significant value to your home. Potential buyers will be captivated by the allure of a spa-like retreat within the confines of their future home.
Luxurious bathroom remodeling is more than just a trend—it’s a lifestyle upgrade. With walk-in showers, soaking tubs, heated floors, and high-end fixtures, you have the power to transform your bathroom into a sanctuary of relaxation and indulgence. Embrace the possibilities and let your imagination run wild as you embark on this journey to create your very own spa-like retreat. Your bathroom will no longer be just a functional space; it will be a haven of opulence and tranquility.
Discover the possibilities of transforming your bathroom into a spa-like retreat with a complimentary consultation from one of our remodeling experts. At D&B Elite Custom, we don’t just renovate spaces – we create timeless sanctuaries.
Many studies over the last several decades have shown that most seniors (ages 65+) prefer the idea of aging in their own home – or aging in place – rather than moving into a nursing home. Research indicates that the majority of seniors (about 94%) still wish to stay in their home as long as they are able. It’s no secret that Covid-19 has likely strengthened the desire seniors have to age in place. With the change in “life as we knew it” since March of 2020, we couldn’t help but wonder how Covid-19 may have affected the elderly’s living landscape now and into the future.
This was the case for D&B Elite Custom clients, Janet and John, whose parents/in-laws decided to age in place by adding an addition to the couple’s home. “We sat down with my father David to talk about options since the current plan of just taking care of Mom himself at their own home was no longer adequate,” reflects Janet. Although Janet’s father had been leaning towards moving into a senior living facility, his mind was swayed after the pandemic hit.
Janet reflected on the positive impact that aging in place had on her father: “It gave him a sense of ownership and privacy. He knows his money paid for the addition. For him that was a plus. My Dad made a business decision to sell his home and build something smaller onto our house. He knew he came out ahead financially, which gave him a sense of ownership and a boost.” Hear more from the family about their experience adding an addition here!
In a senior living facility, you’re not gaining a sense of ownership. Meanwhile, the way the addition was constructed allows Janet’s father to feel that he still has his own home. He can come and go using his own walkway, and he can sit outside on his own porch with his wife. All of these actions give him a sense of privacy and strong sense of identity, allowing the couple to be who they are while still having the overall safety needed.
According to a Pew Research study, “living with an extended circle of relatives is the most common type of household arrangement for older people around the world. But in the United States, older people are far less likely to live this way – and far more likely to live alone or with only a spouse or partner.” However, the pandemic may be changing these views in the United States. More families may be inclined to take in their seniors rather than putting them in senior facility homes. According to a Forbes article, students in a School of Aging Studies class at the University of Maryland Baltimore County gave their opinions on what they would do with their families’ living situation in the future based on Covid-19: “More families will think about adapting their houses and lifestyle to accommodate older people living with them because living in those nursing facilities is risky.” There are a scattering amount of home improvements that prove to be worth adding to your home to accommodate seniors. Improvements are not only for your parents, but are for yourself as you continue to age. Instead of looking into a retirement community or nursing home, consider making your home suitable for the needs that one develops as they age.
As a result of the pandemic, many families are more cautious when it comes to housing their elderly loved ones in a nursing home. The fear of them becoming ill couples with the fear of possibly not being able to see their loved ones if quarantining is needed. According to Home Advisor’s True Cost Guide, “it is typically cheaper to build an addition than to buy or build a new home.” John explained that for his family it was cheaper to add an addition instead of building another home close to them. Hear from John and Janet on what their experience was like working with the Elite team here!
Construction on your home is an inconvenience – we get that. Unforeseen issues will inevitably arise. As our Vice President of Residential Construction, Larry Adam, says, “A project well planned is a project half complete.” Here’s five tips on how to streamline your home remodel project:
Plan ahead (especially with current extended lead times, supply chain difficulties, and wait on inventory). If you want to enjoy a new outdoor living space by next Summer, you should really be starting today.
Houzz and Pinterest are great places to gather inspiration of the style, look, and feel you are going for.
This will get you quality work on time and within budget. A builder that is willing to start active construction right away without ensuring every little detail of your project is thought of may be a red flag. They should be completing a pre-construction walk through to review points of access, location of dust protection and more to ease the process.
Be realistic when it comes to financials (unlike the budgets you see on HGTV!)
A good construction partner will advise you on where you can adjust specifications to save money. They will help you come up with a plan that gets the look you desire to fit within a reasonable budget.
Your general contractor should be making them a key part of the process. They should have an intimate knowledge of your project before they meet you. This makes all the difference.
Look for a construction partner that makes a point to clearly communicate and invests in construction management software to help manage project selections and deadlines.
Contact D&B Elite Custom for your free consultation today! See why we were named 2022 People’s Choice in Home Contractor and New Home Builder.
Color, pattern and texture – oh my! The versatility of wallpaper makes it easy to find a design that complements the room in your house, no matter what style you are looking for.
Did you know wallpaper is a key trend this year? Hand-painted wallpapers are very much “on trend” and growing in popularity. Wallpaper helps us to individualize our rooms and make them cozier, which makes sense after staring at the same four walls for quite some time throughout the pandemic.
Although wallpaper has tended to be more common in living spaces and bedrooms in the past, today’s technological advances have allowed for the creation of many designs able to tolerate humid conditions. As a result, there are many suitable options for kitchens and bathrooms.
Wallpaper has been elevating rooms as early as 200 B.C., where it is believed Ancient Chinese would glue rice paper onto their walls. Egyptian papyrus, the earliest known for of “paper,” was first introduced around 4000 B.C. in China.
By the 10th century, Arabians were creating a finer sheet of paper through higher quality materials like bamboo and wood, and during the 12th century papermaking spread throughout Europe.
A French engraver by the name of Jean-Michael Papillon is credited with inventing wallpaper as we know it today in 1675 when he started making block designs in a matching, continuous pattern. It wasn’t until 1739 that wallpaper made its way to America when Plunket Fleeson started printing wallpaper in Philadelphia, PA.
In the roaring ‘20s wallpaper took the spotlight with some 400 million rolls being sold during this period, which became known as “the Golden Age of Wallpaper.” After World War II, plastic resins revolutionized the industry, offering stain resistance, washability, durability, and strength.
Today, advances in digital, photo and printing technologies make wallcoverings much more affordable, and it is easier for companies to replicate wallpaper styles from any period of history.
The start of the new year often inspires people to renovate and make some changes, whether in their routine and habits or their living spaces. A home renovation is a big undertaking, so it is best to not rush into. That’s where the color of the year can come into play. Paint is an easier, cheaper way to spice things up in your home. A little bit of paint can go a long way in transforming a space without having to worry about the hassle of completely remodeling your space. Since it requires less commitment – both in time and money – this is a great alternative if you are not yet ready to tear down your walls or have your home fully under construction. Here are some creative DIY ways to animate your walls:
Color of the Year:
Pantone’s color of the year was announced on December 9 as Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri. Described as a “symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through,” the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, explains how the color “brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family” while also displaying a “spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.” Be sure to check out the four color palettes Pantone has created to help bring the color of the year into your designs here.
October Mist was reported as the 2022 color of the year by Benjamin Moore and Breezeway was announced as the color of the year by Behr. Both colors having tones of green are perfect for the new year since green represents new beginnings. October Mist brings life to a room through being an earth shade of green. Green is meant to represent health, prosperity, and wealth. This color is said to make you feel optimistic and refreshed. Breezeway induces feelings of coolness and peace and is very similar to October Mist, as it is also a silvery green shade with cool undertones.
More color trends of the new year from Benjamin Moore include:
Paint Stencil Rollers:
One way to draw attention to your walls is to take a stencil roller to them with the color of your choice. These rolls come in all different designs and patterns, and you can find them on cheap sites like Etsy, Amazon, or Wish. This is great way to add a custom pattern that stands out without having to invest in wallpaper. Typically, standard wallpaper runs between $25 to $50 per roll, which covers about 30 square feet. Given this, you can expect to pay between $1 to $2.50 per square foot. If you are in the market to buy designer or custom wallpaper, these options can run as high as $5,000 per roll. In comparison, stencil rollers can cost anywhere from $5 to $30. Best of all they are reusable, making them very cost-effective.
If you are in love with a certain wallpaper or paint color but don’t want to commit to the cost of decorating the entire room with it, you can always opt for creating an accent wall. Accent walls have made a comeback once more. They not only give you the chance to show off the wallpaper or paint color you love, but they also function as a way to help define your living space.
For example, you can use an accent wall to indicate different zones. Designer Emily Henderson recommends making sure your “accent walls are done with a purpose.” Check out her ideas for making this happen here, where she shares great tips such as recommended sticking to a light color accent wall to keep your space from feeling smaller. “Accent walls painted or wallpapered in dark colors can make walls visually advance, which can make them feel smaller,” she explains.
DIY Painters Tape Designs:
Using painter’s tape to create designs and bring your wall to life has become a huge trend in the past couple years. It is a low-cost, good looking, and fun way to give a room an instant lift. According to Bob Vila the best overall painter’s tape to use is Scotch Blue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape. This also would be a fun project for the whole family to get involved in. For example, you can have the kids help choose where to put the painter’s tape or paint within the lines.
Interior Wall Paneling
Wall paneling is used to decorate walls and give the wall a bit of texture. Who knows… This could be what is missing from perfecting your wall. Finding wall paneling is easy as well. It’s at almost any home improvement type store including Home Depot and Lowes. Paneling has been around since the 1950s and still popular and used today. Some trending wall paneling today includes shiplap, board and batten, bead board, raised panels, and many more.
We hope these tips provided you with some ideas for your own home as we enter the new year. One of the most difficult steps to creating your dream wall is narrowing down your color options. It is important to consider what the right color can do to a room. Color Psychology, or “the study of hues as a determinant of human behavior,” can play a huge roll in this. Learn more about what mood and feelings each color can invoke here. For example, if you are looking to make your at home office more relaxing to counteract those stressful Zoom calls, consider painting your office a shade of green since it is “regarded as the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye.” Symbolizing harmony, tranquility, and peace, this color helps to enhance stability and endurance – great options for those looking to stay motivated during long WFH hours.
What’s your DIY goal for the New Year? Do any of these trends to boost the look of your walls catch your eye? We’d love to see the visions you bring to life in your living space.