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Project Spotlight: A Romantic Oriental-Inspired Master Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 5, 2016

Originally, this master bathroom was tucked away past a small foyer-like space just off the master bedroom. The narrow bathroom beyond had a practical layout, but lacked style and felt like a closet. The main goal of this remodel was to create a unique space by combining the two spaces into a single room, increasing storage and usability.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Universal Design

Universal Design [Free Guide]

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

Over the course of a lifetime we change and so do our homes. Our homes reflect our lifestyles. There are times when we have active lifestyles and times when we slow down. “Universal Design” is a concept that has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use.

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish. You would never know that a house is purposely designed for use by anyone, at any age and with any ability. Many of these features add both function and value to a home. We are seeing a growing trend in the home building and remodeling industry where Universal Design principles and products are being used more frequently in project planning.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Universal Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Watching how her husband, who had been wheel-chair bound, consistently have difficulty using their master bathroom left this homeowner thinking about her own future needs. Instead of continuing to deal with the space as it was, she made the choice to upgrade it to fit her style, and to work for her long-term needs. The result is a spectacularly crisp and modern universally-designed bathroom. This bath is a NARI Local Contractor of the Year 2015 Winner in the Universal Design Category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Universal Design

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2014

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevent in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design, Kitchens, Storage, Room Colors

Universal Design: The New Norm in Home Product Design

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Universal Design is the new norm in home product design. More manufacturers are giving serious thought to how their products are used in homes and who is using them. They want their products to accommodate a range of users from youngsters to elders. Safety is also a primary consideration. Product designers are seeking better ways to prevent accidents with products such as stovetop pot fillers and toilet seats with a built-in nightlight.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

11 Universal Design Features That Make Bathrooms Useable for All

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Bath design professionals always consider how a room will be used by a home’s occupants. They also take into consideration the special needs of children, large or petite adults, health or mobility issues and the needs of older adults. What may come as a surprise is that many standard bathroom products and common bathroom design elements are also considered to be universal design features that make a bathroom useable for people of different body types, ages and abilities.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

Project Spotlight: A Stylish Master Bath with Universal Design Features

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jun 3, 2014

In the home remodeling business we strive to create beautiful, functional and safe interior environments. This is especially true of bathroom remodeling projects. Bathrooms are often small spaces with many details. Most homeowners want to add amenities or expand the size of the room, especially if the room is a master bathroom.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Aging-in-Place, Universal Design

Universal Design: A Hot Trend in Bathroom Remodeling

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish but have a purpose. The concept has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 60 percent of designers surveyed for its 2014 Design Trends Survey say they are including Universal Design features in their bathroom projects.

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Topics: Aging-in-Place, Universal Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

12 Universal Design Features for Any Bathroom

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 21, 2013

“Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

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Topics: Aging-in-Place, Universal Design, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

10 Universal Design Features for Any Kitchen

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 5, 2013

A kitchen is the heart of a home. It is the place where we spend time preparing meals, talking, eating and gathering. If you’re remodeling, why not design your kitchen for a lifetime of use?

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Topics: Aging-in-Place, Universal Design, Kitchens

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