Getting Ready For Aging In Place

As we get older and look around our homes, we may realize there are some items that are either becoming difficult or will become difficult as we age.  It is never too early to start planning or making small changes to start to accommodate aging in place.

Here are some ideas of items you can change to aid with aging in place, from small projects to more involved projects.

  1. Bathroom Grab Bars:
    One of the easiest things to do is to install some bathroom grab bars. Install in bath units and/or by toilets for safety.  Please note, grab bars are designed to take one’s weight and do need to be properly installed.  Just screwing into drywall would do no good.
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  2. Counter Height Seating (also known as Bar Height Tables):
    As we get older, getting in and out of chairs can start to become difficult. Consider replacing your traditional kitchen table with a counter top height table and chairs. If designing a new kitchen, then adding a counter top breakfast bar would also fit the bill.
  3. Separate Cook Top Range and Wall Oven:
    Do you have a slide in range-oven unit and is it hard on you when you bend to get items out of your oven? Then consider changing to a cook top range and wall oven units.  You can then place your wall oven at counter top height or any height that works best for you.
  4. Front Load Washer & Dryer Risers:
    The newer energy efficient front load washers and dryers can save you a lot on your energy bills. But just as with the oven, constant bending to load and unload them can become a problem.  Consider putting you front load washer and dryers on some risers.  Most pre-made risers are around 15″ tall, which will make loading and unloading  your front loaders easier on your back.
  5. Relocate Laundry Room:
    Is your washer and dryer in your basement? Tired of hauling laundry up and down flights of stairs?  Consider relocating your laundry room. Move it to the first floor, or if you have a two story home and can find the room, create your laundry room on the second floor near the bedrooms.
  6. Stair Chair Lifts:
    It’s not such a new idea, but more and more companies are making stair chair lifts. They easily attach to your existing stairs and most fold up for easy access. Stair lifts are a great way to keep being mobile regardless of where your stairs may be located in your home (basement, second floor or even outside).
  7. Wet Room Bathroom or Low Entry Shower:
    A wet room bathroom is where the shower is integrated in to the bathroom instead of being a boxed off space in the corner. The big difference of course is the level of the flooring. A wet room has no step or tray for the shower area. The floor being a suitable gradient so water drains away and doesn’t flow out right across the entire bathroom floor. Or as an alternative to redesigning your entire bath would be to replace your bathing area with a low entry shower.
  8. Area Rugs Beware:
    Rugs that slip can be a problem for anyone, regardless of age or ability. If you use area rugs, then be certain to use something to keep them in place.  You can use rug grippers, double stick tape, non slip mats underneath to name just a few, to keep them in place.The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”  for more information, see their web site: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/healthtopics/healthyaging.htm

Thinking about updating a portion of your home, then give us a call, Adams Design Construction, Ltd 608-241-9009, we’d love to help you make your dreams come true!

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Springtime and Clean Windows

Have you ever wondered how those professional window washers move so fast with the squeegee, and the windows turn out perfect? Well, there really are some tricks to it that are simple to learn, and once you do, dare I say it, you may even enjoy washing windows? It is possible!

So, read on for our Washing Windows Tricks:

The first trick is to invest in a good squeegee. They aren’t expensive and they are worth every cent! Those $1.99 ones just will not do. A professional squeegee has a very soft, rubber blade with no imperfections in it.  You can also get extra rubber blades and simply replace that when it wears out. There are many sources to get one, and a professional squeegee usually runs around $10 and up.

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Secondly, do your windows on a cool, or cloudy day.  If you HAVE to do it in the sun, do it in the morning. What you want to avoid here is heat. Heat works against you.

Now to get cleaning. Get a bucket of lukewarm water (not hot), and add 2-3 tablespoons of plain ammonia. Use a sponge that has a white scrubber on the other side (don’t use the green ones, they are too course). Wet your window with the sponge side, then flip to the white scrub pad side, and scrub the window. You’ll be able to “feel” when it’s clean. You’ll feel rough patches, etc when it’s still not clean. This is a step most people fail at, if the window simply isn’t clean, it’s going to look cloudy when done. Scrub well.

You’ll also need lots of clean, white cotton rags or lint free towels/cleaning cloths. Diapers work great here. Dry by hand a 1 inch strip at the top of the window. The trick for no streaks with the squeegee, is placing the dry rubber blade on a dry window. Take the squeegee now and place it at the top of the window in that 1 inch dry strip. Pull down smoothly. Dry your squeegee blade with between each sweep.

To finish the window, if need be, do one last sweep left to right at the bottom of the window.

Finally, take a dry, clean cloth and run with your finger down each window side and across the bottom to clean and dry the edges. They should look perfect! And you’ll feel great having clean windows.

Think you need to replace those windows? Well give Adams Design Construction a call at 608-241-9009, we’re here to help!

 

Common Problems Seen with Garage Door Openers

The garage door is often taken for granted, but it’s one of the most importantcomponents of your home. It’s not only essential for the security of your garage—and your home by extension—but it’s also vital to your convenience and safety. A garage door that doesn’t function properly makes it difficult to park your car in the garage and can make it less safe for anyone to pass under. It’s why if you are having any problems with your garage door that you should have it inspected right away. The following are some of the most common problems that garage door openers can experience:

  1. The Wall Switch Doesn’t Work:
    If the remote to the garage door opener works fine but your wall switch doesn’t, it means that there’s either an issue with the switch itself or the switch wires. You will need to call a garage door repair professional or electrician.
  2. The Garage Door Opener Remote Doesn’t Work:

    If the wall switch works fine but one of your remotes doesn’t, then it could be due to a number of issues. The most obvious thing to check first is the batteries. If you replaced the batteries and the opener still won’t respond to the remote, you may need to invest in a new one. If you can’t find a remote that matches your garage door opener model, you’ll either need to try a universal remote or you’ll need to have a new receiver installed.

  3. The Garage Door Sensors Don’t Work:
    Every modern garage door comes with sensors on the side. These sensors ensure that the garage door doesn’t close on anything or anyone that’s passing through. If your sensors aren’t working, then your garage door isn’t safe to use. The door could close on your vehicle as you drive through—or it could close on someone walking through, thereby causing an injury.
  4. The Trolley Carriage Is Broken:
    If your garage door won’t open at all, then it could be the result of a number of problems. If neither your remote nor your wall switch is the culprit, check the trolley carriage. If you notice that the trolley carriage moves even though the door isn’t opening, then it’s most likely because the trolley carriage is broken. Replacing the trolley carriage shouldn’t be done on your own unless you have experience with such repairs. A professional has the experience, expertise, and tools required to perform the task safely and effectively.
  5. The Main Drive Gear Is Broken:
    If it’s not your trolley carriage that’s causing your door to stop from opening, then it could be the main drive gear. If you hear a grinding noise as you attempt to open the door, then the main drive gear has probably failed and needs to be replaced.
  6. The Tracks Are Misaligned:
    If you hear a rubbing sound when the door reaches a certain point each time it opens or closes, it means the tracks are most likely misaligned. You can check the tracks for alignment issues on your own. If you see gaps between the rail and the rollers, there’s an issue. Misaligned tracks can make operating the garage door a dangerous task. If it’s especially bad, the garage door won’t move at all.
  7. The Garage Door Springs or Cables Are Broken:
    The springs and cables help to lower and raise the door safely, preventing it from falling too fast. If the springs or cables break, then the door will slam to the ground, which could damage your property or your door as well as injure anyone underneath. If the springs or cables have broken or are visibly damaged, don’t attempt to replace them yourself. Doing so can be incredibly dangerous due to how tightly they are wound.

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These are some of the common problems that garage doors can experience. These problems not only make your garage door less convenient to use, they can also affect the safety and security of your home.  Need help with replacing a door then give us a call – 608-241-9009, we’d be happy to help you.

ENTRY DOOR – IS IT TIME TO REPLACE IT?

We often think about replacing our windows, they may be old, cracked, or we need something more energy efficient.  But what about our front door?  Quality doors add to the curb appeal of a home, increase the value, and also enhance your home’s security. Block the noise outside from entering your home with a well built door which will provide a sound barrier. Energy efficiency is the most important door feature to have. Well built doors provide tight, long-lasting barriers by using effective weather seals to improve energy efficiency. The function of door (patio, garage, front or interior door) will certainly be a factor in your decision. When you install a door ensure it is up to code and meets the safety features in your area. There are a number of design options you can choose from when it comes to doors, such as whether you would like to use colored, textured or wrought iron glass. There are many types of materials that hand formed bevels come in like black chrome, lead, brass, copper, zinc and antique black. Or maybe you require more light in the entry. Replacing your doors is a cost effective makeover.  So go out to the front of your house, take a look at it from the curb – could your entry use a face lift?

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