March 2019
Dear friend,

Emily Dickinson described March as the “month of expectation.” It’s exciting to think that some of the possibilities you hope for will actually begin this month.

Of course, with Spring right around the corner, you might be thinking about spending time outside. Do you have a comfortable place to enjoy your own little slice of the outdoors? Find some tips below for creating the perfect outdoor space.

Also, more homeowners than ever are requesting renovations to make their homes accessible. See how easily you can blend accessibility with beauty.


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Tips to Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space

As the weather warms up and the sun remains in the sky a little longer, we tend to crave being outdoors instead of bundling up inside. It doesn't matter whether your ideal outdoor space is the front porch or the back patio, the idea of having a pleasant spot to enjoy nature makes all the difference.

The opportunities for creating the perfect space are endless with options on different furniture, accessories, plants, lighting, sounds, textures, and more. The front porch is often where your guests will form their first impression of your home, so it’s up to you on what insights you want to give them about you and your family. Whether you want to have a classy and pristine feel, a colorful eccentric vibe, or the trusted rustic sentiment, your porch will be the welcome mat of your home.

Inviting Furniture

A space is as cozy and inviting as you make it, whether that is an indoor room or an outdoor area. So when placing your outdoor furniture, take a moment to think where and what you would like to have access to as you sit outside. When hosting, you’ll want to have the ease of getting up and moving around without bothering your guests, but also joining in and enjoying conversations when you sit back down. You may want a large outdoor sofa with a few chairs and benches, or you may go for the assortment of matching chairs and accent tables. If the space is big enough, you could split the space into an entertaining and grilling/eating area!


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Accessible Bathrooms: Safety in Design

More homeowners than ever before are requesting renovations that make their homes accessible. Homeowners may have household members who have difficulties with mobility, hearing, vision or self-care. In addition, they may want to prepare ahead of time for their own future needs. Even younger homeowners these days are including accessibility in their renovations as they consider the possible needs of their parents, children or pets.


Fortunately, professional remodelers like us have considerable expertise in this type of home improvement. You can trust us to know and follow the guidelines that have been developed for accessible homes.

As you are anticipating the renovation of your bathroom for accessibility, it is important first to analyze the layout. Does it provide space for those who use walkers and wheelchairs to easily enter the bathroom and close the door behind them? Pocket doors with a 34”-36” wide opening are the perfect option since they eliminate the awkwardness of the door swing. And if someone should fall while using the bathroom, a pocket door makes it easier for a family member to enter the bathroom to help.


Make sure there is adequate space for people with mobility issues to maneuver their way around the entire bathroom to use the toilet, shower, and sink. The vanity should be designed so that someone in a wheelchair can roll under it to reach the faucet handles and have a good view of the mirror. A single hole faucet that is designed with a single lever handle is available in a wide variety of attractive styles and is simple to manipulate. 

Comfort height toilets are very popular today since, in general, people are taller than they were years ago. These toilets are especially appreciated by those who have difficulty standing up from a low seat height. Include grab bars at the toilet. They do not need to look institutional, rather they can match the lovely design and finish of your towel bars.


A doorless, zero-threshold shower is very up-to-date in appearance. It is wonderful for anyone who is healing from hip or knee replacement surgery since they will not have to lift their feet over the barrier. Those who use a wheelchair can easily roll right in. Grab bars can be placed at the entrance to the shower and on the back wall for good balance while showering. Add blocking in the shower wall to give the grab bar the necessary support. A built-in shower bench or a flip down shower seat mounted on the shower wall provides a comfortable place to sit while showering. In the vicinity of the shower seat, install a detachable hand-held shower with a control switch, and a niche where shampoo bottles and soap can be reached. The bathroom floor needs to be covered in slip-resistant materials, such as non-slip tile. Smaller mosaic tile on the shower floor means there will be more grout lines, which increase slip resistance. For those who prefer to take baths instead of showers, a walk-in tub would be a great option. 


Plenty of natural and artificial light in the bathroom is important, so tripping accidents are less apt to happen. Electric outlets should be installed at a height that is easy to reach.

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Since 2002, we have been a customer service oriented company that is fully committed to communication, industry certification, continuing education, and quality craftsmanship. You can depend on us to exceed your expectations for your project.
• 2014 NAHB Remodeler of the Year
• 2012 HBAM Builder of the Year
• 2009 HBAM Remodeler of the Year
• 2015 NGBS Advisory Committee
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• Graduate Master Remodeler
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