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March 2019

Dear <<First Name>>,

March has certainly lived up to the adage: “In like a lion out like a lamb”.  The month has ‘roared’ bouncing between thunderstorms with glimpses of sunshine and back to rain.  We all look forward to consistently pleasant temperatures as we hear the chorus of birds singing. 

In this month’s HomeStyle Online, we are starting to think Spring. After so many months inside, now is a great time to revive your home and get everything in order. This issue outlines some great ways to organize your home and prepare for Spring.

Also, now more than ever, homeowners are requesting renovations to make their homes accessible. Check out the article on accessible bathrooms and see how easily you can blend accessibility with beauty.

Anne Bradstreet wrote, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”  Hold to the hope for sunny days to come!   


Sincerely,


H. Dale Contant, MCR, CRPM, UDCP

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4 Tips for Getting Organized this Spring

It’s that time of year again! Warmer weather means the itch for spring cleaning and organization has begun, and we are here to help. How you organize your space is defined by your home’s personality and day-to-day lifestyle routines; however, we’ve outlined a few unique options as well as some tried and true methods to help you obtain and maintain order in your home, and here’s how:

1. Begin the Purge!

The first step in getting your home organized is going through each individual room. Decide what is essential and what is just taking up space. Take this opportunity to start the deep cleaning you’ve been itching to do. As you purge, set limits on what to keep. An item not used for the past 12 months has gone through all four seasons. It’s time to toss it or donate it. Once you’ve finished purging, take stock of what storage you have and what new storage you might need for each room, both long-term and short.

Get the rest of the Tips for Getting Organized

 

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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.

Check Out This Accessible Bathroom from ADB

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1631 Canton Road
Marietta, GA 30066


770.565.8999
 

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Atlanta Design & Build, based in Marietta, GA, has provided the northern suburbs of Atlanta with quality remodeling services since 1996. We are a full-service design/build firm that has always taken pride in the high level of customer support delivered to each project. In 2008, we developed our proprietary HomeStyle® System, a client-centered approach which ensures for each remodeling project we listen to your needs and desires and then transform your living space to fulfill them.
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