Rob is a Certified Graduate Remodeler (C

Rob is a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). When you hire a CGR, this individual is committed to continuing education, professional growth, and will bring exceptional skill and knowledge to your project as they must have at least five years of industry experience, take a qualifying exam, and must sign a Code of Ethics specific to their designation.

Universal Design

FamilyYears ago it wasn’t unheard of for families to stay in their homes their entire lives or maybe they only moved one time.  As time progressed people started moving more frequently, but now times are changing again and many are staying in their homes longer.  Instead of looking to move, many are looking to improve their current home to better their lifestyle for years to come.

Universal Design

Frequently referred to as aging in place, universal design is becoming more popular as homes are becoming multi-generational.  Today there is a greater demand for accessibility being recognized.  Physical disabilities should not interfere with the way you live your life and move around in your home; regardless if these are temporary or permanent. Subtle changes can be made throughout the remodeling process to prepare for the future, which may include:

• widening doorways to allow easier access for walkers, wheelchairs or crutches
• pull out shelves in cabinetry to allow easier access to not strain the back and/or knees
• barrier free showers to allow independent bathing or access for all ages and disabilities
• leveling at least one entrance to the home to allow for access for any and all individuals

Understanding aging-in-place isn’t just about learning a few remodeling tricks. It’s about considering the needs of the aging population and developing flexible solutions to the many challenges common homes provide. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists are not only trained in aging friendly solutions to common remodeling projects, they are trained to understand the entire aging process and its unique demands. By understanding the nature of aging, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is the best contractor possible when it comes to assessing your home, developing designs to make it more universally livable, and to follow through on those designs by performing the remodeling work. Whether you are currently in need of aging-in-place home improvements and remodels, or are considering a major remodel and want to incorporate aging-in-place into the design to wisely prepare for the future, the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists at Home Life Concepts can help.

Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) can be the best choice for an aging in place remodeling project or new home construction for those seniors building the home they want to age in. These professionals have taken part in a training and certification process through the National Association of Home Builders which prepares them to anticipate and meet the needs of older people.

Through the use of universal design principles, CAPS professionals can work with you to create a safe, comfortable and more independent life in your home; both now and for the future. But, it doesn’t stop with addressing design. CAPS professionals are trained in common remodeling projects and costs, accessibility issues, product recommendations, codes and standards, and the process and resources needed to provide a complete aging in place solution.

Curb Appeal Renovations, Inc., is proud to have Robin Burrill as both CAPS professional and interior designer and Rob Mathews as a registered nurse on their name.  Together they can assist you in making your home accessible for today and tomorrow…whatever that may look like for you and your family.

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Quartz vs. Granite Countertops

Quartz:

Quartz

Quartz is a manmade material.  You can get it in just about any color to match any room you want to put it in.  It is similar to granite in both price and pattern.  It is very hard to scratch, will not stain, is heat resistant, is easy to clean and requires no sealing.  It also has bacteriostatic, which repels active growth of germs and bacteria.

The downside is that it has a higher starting price than granite.  The more economical priced quartz is very consistent in color and pattern whereas quartz is now being made to mimic granite patterns but expect to pay high dollar for these slabs.

Quartz can chip and crack though.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that it won’t.  Pots and pans banging around the sink edges can still chip the edges.  Excessive heat can also crack your counter.  As with any material, use caution.

Another advantage to quartz, the flaws have been engineered out!  You’ll find no flaws in this man-made engineered product.  You won’t find any areas that have been filled or invisible striations just waiting to open some day.

Typically with quartz, especially those that are very consistent in color, you can make the seams disappear…very appealing with some installations.

Granite:

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Granite is a natural stone that can be found all around the world.  It is heat resistant and scorch proof, though if it’s really hot, it can crack the granite.  It is scratch resistant, tough, long lasting and water resistant.  It is also very easy to clean, a mild soap and water or specific granite cleaner, but don’t use any cleaner with ammonia or acid or it will dull the stone.  There are no two slabs alike, so what you have is one of a kind, no one else will have that pattern.

The downside of granite is it can stain.  Regular cleaning especially around your cooktop is a good idea.  You can have visible seams if you need more than one slab for an area.  Granite does need to be sealed; the more it is used the more it will need to be sealed.  Also, there are no two slabs alike, so should your granite crack and need to be replaced in one section, it could be very difficult to find something that will be similar in variations.

It can also chip and crack.  Even though the only stone harder than granite is a diamond, granite is susceptible to chipping and cracking.  Care especially around the sink area is recommended.

Granite is beautiful though.  There is nothing like the beautiful colors, the flows, the shimmers and pops and depths that you see in granite.  Granite counters can really be that WOW factor in your kitchen.