Seniors

Remodelling for Empty Nesters

You’ve finally reached that point in life where the kids have flown from the nest and you’re suddenly left with a big old empty home with an abundance of space you forgot you had. So now what? Start thinking about what you want! If you’re in search of some ideas to inspire you, here are some popular ideas when it comes to remodelling for empty nesters.

Woman Cave, Man Cave

Who says that women can’t have their own dedicated rooms just like the man caves? Whether it’s one or both, why not create a room that’s dedicated to you? It could be a meditation room where you can store all of your favourite cushions, candles, and incense, or an arts and crafts room for when you’re in the mood to paint. Whatever your hobby and interests may be, having a room that’s dedicated for this purpose provides you with the perfect place to enjoy doing what you love.

Library

Who doesn’t dream of converting a room into their very own personal library? Just imagine your favourite books lining the walls from floor to ceiling, with a sliding ladder and two comfy chairs to fully allow your imagination to wonder.

Home Gym

You know those long and cold winter months that force you to hibernate and reject most forms of physical exercise? Well forget about making that long trek to the gym. Create you own personal gym in the comfort of home. You can easily hop online to your local buy and sell website to find a few great deals on equipment. You’ll have no more excuses for avoiding those workouts!

Wine Room

If you’re a wine lover and happen to have a spare room in the basement courtesy of your adult child’s departure, it just makes sense to create a room full of wine, right? There’s no justification required! Who doesn’t dream of this? With that cool, dark room, you can easily line those walls with wine racks to show off your new collection to your friends each and every time they visit.

Home Office

Distractions are one of the biggest hindrances for being productive and getting work done. That’s why home offices are one of the most popular when it comes to remodelling for empty nesters. So if you’ve got work to do, with no space to do it, a home office could be a great addition to your home.

Once that initial shock has worn off from having a plethora of space and time on your hands, it’s time to start thinking selfishly, and these ideas are perfect for getting you started.

Contact RenosGroup.ca to start planning your home renovation project. Get your free estimate today!  Or give us a call at (613)727-9427

Is Your Home Ready for Your Golden Years?

More and more seniors are electing to stay in their homes today than ever before, giving up on the nursing home and instead choosing to stay in the home that they’ve known for some time to live out their golden years.

Most of the time, this is the right call – especially if the seniors in question still have quite a bit of autonomy and aren’t going to struggle with a decrease in quality of life by staying home. At the same time, most homes require significant upgrades specifically with seniors in mind, is your home ready for your golden years at home?

Mobility upgrades are some of the most important changes you can encourage your elderly loved one to make. If you are in charge of the home renovation project they are going to have to be first on your list.

You don’t necessarily have to go with the relatively new “universal design principles” that make it effortless for elderly, disabled, and other mobility-challenged folks to restore independence, safety, and comfort. Still, it may not be a bad idea trying to get as close to that ideal as possible.

To help you better navigate the world of home upgrades when you are dealing with a senior living situation, we put together a couple of tips and tricks below that you want to try and really zero in on.

The Bathroom Must Be Transformed

There are two spaces in your home that have to be completely transformed when you are going to have a senior living in them, and the bathroom is one of them.

Daily hygiene is mission critical, but it’s also life supporting when you reach your elderly years. Not only do you want to have it effortless for your loved one to take care of themselves in the bathroom with well-designed fixtures and appliances, but you also want to make sure that slippery floors have been eliminated, shower stalls and walk-in bathtubs have been implemented, and bath seats and grab bars fill the space.

The Kitchen Must Also Be Transformed

The other space that must be transformed in the home is the kitchen. Being able to cook for themselves is going to be incredibly important for seniors that may not have the opportunity your ability to drive any longer. The kitchen is also the main entertaining and visiting space for most everyone that drops into spend time with a senior – and it has to be fully functional as well as safe.

Smart upgrades to appliances, intelligently designed countertops and cupboards with easy access, and hands-free functions everywhere possible are going to be big upgrades that are always welcome in the kitchen.

RenosGroup.ca is the leading mobility renovations contractor in Ottawa! Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 to schedule a free in-home consultation to evaluate your needs and transform your home for the golden years ahead.

Renovations That Maintain Seniors Independence

As our health and lives change, so do our housing needs. Across Canada, the overwhelming majority of seniors prefer doing renovations in order to continue to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has a number of tips on how to renovate a home to keep pace with changing needs, so seniors can stay safe, independent — and in their own home — longer, including:Repair holes or uneven joints in walkways that could cause tripping.Replace steep slopes with steps or a low-slope ramp.Add a ramp to bypass existing steps.Install light fixtures or floodlights with easily accessible switches to illuminate entrances, steps and walkways.Repair all unsafe stair handrails.Install handrails on both sides of the stairways.Replace worn or loose coverings and mark the edges of stairs with a permanent stripe in a contrasting colour.If you are planning a renovation on the stairs in your current home, or building a new home that has stairs, make sure that the back vertical portion of the step (the rise) is not too high and that the horizontal part of the step (the tread) has adequate depth.If you live in a two-storey home, consider creating a bedroom, a full bathroom, and having the clothes washer and dryer on the ground floor.Reduce the height of, or eliminate, high door thresholds at room entrances.Use a contrasting colour or texture on the edge of the floor wherever there is a change in the floor level.Adjust sinks, counters and cupboards to a more convenient height.Create a knee-space underneath sinks to allow you to work from a seated position (making sure to insulate any exposed hot-water pipes first).Install grab bars within easy reach of the bathroom sink and toilet and in the bathtub.Install non-slip flooring in the bathroom and in the bathtub.Install single-lever faucets to more easily control water flow and temperature.Add or lower rods or shelves in closets, and add off-floor shelves near entrances for shoes and boots.Repair windows and sliding doors so that they can open and close easily.Consider installing easy-to-grasp door handles, easy-to-operate door locks, as well as security grilles at windows that are vulnerable to forced entry.Lastly, if you have an aging parent, relative or friend, you may want to consider adding a garden suite on the same lot as your home. Garden suites are small, prefabricated, portable and self-contained homes that enable seniors to live close to their relatives or friends, while maintaining their independence and privacy — and giving family members or friends greater peace of mind.For more information or free copies of the CMHC Self-Assessment Guide Maintaining Seniors’ Independence Through Home Adaptations, the fact sheet Preventing Falls on Stairs fact sheets on universal design ideas that can make your home safer and easier to live in, or for general information on CMHC’s renovation programs, including those for garden suites, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit CMHC’s Web site at www.cmhc.ca. For over 60 years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada’s national housing agency, and a source of objective, reliable housing expertise.To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.
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