Aging in Place Remodeling and RenovationAlbright Remodeling knows people often prefer to stay in the home they have when their lifestyle or health changes. Advances in designs, tools, appliances and technology make this possible for more people than ever before.
We understand the issues, tradeoffs and financial impacts of such a decision thanks to achieving the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation.
Aging-in-place means living in one's home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.
It means the pleasure of remaining in a familiar environment throughout one's maturing years.
It gives you the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives.
It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a home for a lifetime.
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Typical Aging-in-Place AdjustmentsProjects range from installation of bath and shower grab bars and adjustment of countertop heights to the creation of multi-functional first-floor master suites and the installation of private elevators. CAPS-trained remodeling professionals like Jim Albright learn how to effectively assess clients' needs and integrate myriad considerations into unified, aesthetically pleasing, functional solutions.
An Alternative to Independent or Assisted LivingBefore you decide to move to an alternative living arrangement, talk with Albright Remodeling about what we can do to help you stay in the home and neighborhood you love.
Perhaps remodeling a family member's home is an option. Our article on shared housing provides more information. Samples of typical aging-in-place changes Albright has done are shown below.
We also have added in-law suites, bedrooms, family rooms, home offices, three season and sunrooms, hot tub rooms, garages, over-the-top additions,and whole-house extreme makeovers.
We specialize in using universal design to remodel to meet the needs of all ages. Check out our remodeling projects, too.
Motorized Chair Lift, Wheelchair and Walker Ramps,
The projects below are also featured in our in-law suites or universal design sections, but we repeat them here to highlight the changes Albright Remodeling installed.
Architect: David Burrows|
This 856-square-foot in-law space features consists of approximately half new construction and half remodeling of exising space. Included in the floor plan is a kitchen, bedroom, sitting room, universal-design-compliant bathroom with both tub and shower, and a wheelchair lift from garage floor level to living space floor level.
|Entrance to the main house is through French doors. The transitions from room to room are kept at the same level.||An the existing sun room was converted to a pleasant sitting room, which features Pella windows with shades in-between panes of glass for ease of light control.|
|A spacious, well-lit kitchen. Rocker-style switches in all rooms provide for ease of operation.||A large bedroom with plenty of closet space.|
|Universal design roll-in shower has a very low threshold, fold-down seat, waist-high controls, anti-scald valve, integral assist bars, movable hand-held shower head, and an integral dome light for extra illumination when the shower curtain is closed.||A tub with assist bars and anti-scald valve.|
|The sink provides ample clearance for a wheelchair and features an anti-scald shield to protect the user from hot pipes.||A lever-style faucet control allows easy operation and meets Universal Design guidelines requiring less than five pounds of pressure to operate.|
|Comfort-height toilet with assist bar.||A wheelchair power lift allows easy access from the garage level to the main floor level.|
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Architect: Tom Doughty|
This project was the addition of a completely new second story over an existing home. The homeowners also elected to stay in their home during construction, a challenge successfully met by hard work by our staff and trade partners, a well-designed plan by architect Tom Doughty, and helpful input from the owners during planning and construction. Work began the day after Labor Day 2007, and the second story structure was installed, weather-tight, in four working days. Total construction time was forty-three working days.
|Day One - Removal of the existing roof.||Day Two - The second floor deck is leveled and built. Plumbers and heating/AC contractor run necessary lines before sub-floor is laid.|
|Day Three - All exterior walls framed and set in place.||Day Four - Trusses set, and roof sheeted and shingled. The door opening is a temporary lengthening of a future window, and was used for access to the work area to keep dust and debris out of the lower level during the majority of construction.|
|A powerlift chair provides access to the new second floor addition for anyone needing help climbing stairs.||A Universal Design shower includes a seat and waist-level controls.|
|The completed second story addition, front view.||The completed second story addition, rear view. Note extension of fireplace flue.|
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|A motorized chair lift provides access from the living quarters above.|
|A handicap-accessible ramp provides wheelchair and walker access to the house. The ramp is made of maintenance-free Trex decking and also features a maintenance-free vinyl rail system.|
|The bathroom features an ADA-rated handicap-accessible shower with seat and grab-rails and a handicap-accessible toilet with grab-bar. It still provides plenty of room for a 48-inch vanity and sink top.|
|The bath to the right, while not fully ADA-rated like that above, still allows space for a shower chair.|
|A view of an elevator interior.|
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