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Shattering the Stigma: How Implementing Universal Design Can Improve Your Home at Any Age

Let’s face it, no one wants talk about getting old. In a society obsessed with youth and vitality, it might seem out of place to extend conversations about aging with your contractor or interior designer. But as recent studies have pointed out, the majority of baby boomers are not only ready to retire but are considering making certain modifications to their existing homes in order to age in place. Although the term “aging in place” might bring about not so pleasant thoughts or connotations, the term Universal Design is now catching on and making headway in recent design trends.

Universal design is a concept which focuses on making your environment usable for all people of all ages. People with disabilities and without. Universal design helps individuals prepare for the future while it improves the quality of life today. Implementing universal design elements doesn’t have to be a complicated or costly.

Floating Bathroom Vanity Simple solutions might include:

  • Adding grab bars in the shower, by the toilet and the tub
  • Installing a handheld shower or an adjustable shower seat
  • Replacing an existing conventional sink with a pedestal sink accessible to someone in a wheelchair
  • Widening the doorways to create the feeling of spaciousness and accommodating a wheelchair
  • Improving lighting and brighten up the room with night lights and well-lit pathways

Universal Design is about increasing the client’s usability and enjoyment of their home, it does not have to feel “institutional” or be “unattractive.”

Longboat Key Shower Remodel

While most consumers acknowledge their changing needs as they age, it’s the designers responsibility to suggest potential alternatives in making their home more comfortable, keeping their clients more independent as they age. Although designers can not anticipate their client’s mobility or living needs 20 or 30 years in advance, designers can create opportunities and solutions that adapt to the client’s requirements.

No one wants to think about getting old, or having a sudden physical limitation, but all individuals regardless of age, should prepare if those circumstances should occur. The way we need our home to function today, might not be well suited for the way we need it to function down the road.

Remodeled Bradenton Open Concept Kitchen

Remodel Reveal: A Bright and Airy Kitchen

Background:

Like most remodels, most homeowners make the decision to move forward with a renovation when the space is completely outdated or doesn’t function as well as it might have when they first moved in. For this client, in addition to updating the aesthetic appeal to their kitchen, it was important to lighten up the space to feel bright and airy.

Outdated Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Breakfast Bar Bradenton

Solution:

In fulfilling their dreams of a sunny and inviting kitchen, we created a lighting plan, which consisted of removing the existing soffit and fluorescent lights, and installing new drop pendants, can lights and LED under cabinet lighting.

Our client felt that the existing wood panel on their island peninsula was also darkening the space, so they asked us to remove it and apply new drywall. While this isn’t a request we get often, we have to agree that it was the right move in this situation.

Remodeled Bradenton Open Concept Kitchen

Moreover, we removed all of the old cabinets and installed new Showplace cabinets, including multi-level uppers to convey more visual interest. This aesthetic feature was especially important to our client, as the kitchen opened up to the living room.

To maximize all storage opportunities, our client chose pull-out shelves in their pantry closet, a trash pull-out, as well as a designated bread drawer.

Granite Breakfast Bar

After the cabinets were installed, we laid a Kashmir Gold granite counter top with a half bullnose edge and arranged a biscuit-colored subway tile backsplash. In completing this project, new stainless steel appliances were put in their place and Amerock hardware was fastened to the drawers and doors.Kitchen Subway Tile Backsplash

 

remodeled master bathroom

Remodel Reveal: Cookie Cutter to Custom Master Bath

Background:

We met this client at a home show back in 2015; however, they had been thinking about remodeling their master bathroom for quite some time. With the home being built in 2001, it was over ten years old and cosmetically outdated for our clients taste.

Aside from the aesthetic changes that our client desired, they also wanted to modify the size of their existing shower to accommodate for a larger bathtub.

In planning the new bathroom, it was important to our client that we incorporated interior design elements they desired, such as gray and blue tones and glass accents.

White Vanity

master bathroom

white soaker tub

Old Framed Shower

Solution:

In starting the remodel of our client’s master bathroom, we removed everything original to the space, except for the flooring in the main area and private water closet. This included the vanity cabinet area (countertop, sinks and mirror), the tub and tub surround, the shower enclosure and tile, as well as the vanity light.

Once demo was complete, we got to work on the shower area. We poured new concrete, framed a knee wall to add a separation between the tub area, molded a new shower curb and prepped for tile. Our client chose a ceramic floor and wall tile that coordinated with their existing floor tile, as well as transitional mosaic tiles for a custom framed box on the showerhead wall.

glass mosaic shower tiles

In completing the shower portion of this project, we installed a frameless glass enclosure and a brushed nickel handheld shower.

With the shower good to go, we moved our attention to the tub portion of the room where we had to re-frame the deck area and run wiring to accommodate the new larger jetted tub.

upscale master bathroom with shower and jet tub
white jet bathtub

Once the tub was put in place, we laid granite on the tub deck and extended the wall tile from the shower onto the wall surrounding the tub. We also incorporated the same mosaic tiles from the box in the shower, and installed them as accent around the tub.

Moving on to the vanity area, we installed a custom gray toned Wellborn Select vanity cabinet, positioned two porcelain rectangular undermount sinks and laid the granite countertop. The client chose the same granite which was used on the tub deck, and also incorporated the glass mosaic backsplash from the tub and shower areas as well.

Amerock knobs and pulls were placed on the doors and drawers, and Moen Eva widespread faucets were installed on the countertop.

Spacious Master Bathroom

remodeled master bathroom
gray and blue master bathroom

With the existing vaulted ceiling, we wanted to do something special above the vanity versus the plate glass mirror that was there previously. To tie the vanity and mirror area together, we added cabinetry components to create a backdrop for the two specialty mirrors and scone lights.

Furthermore, we also installed lighting above the backdrop crown molding, which could be dimmed at the touch of a button within the vanity cabinet. Our client liked this feature because it was not too bright, but bright enough for her to use as a night light.

These custom details were a great touch to the overall look and feel of the bathroom, providing a spa-like, transitional vibe.

Shower Remodel

Remodel Reveal: From Builder Grade to Bright and Blue

Background:

Remember the Java Kitchen remodel we shared with you back in November? Well, that same client had us simultaneously remodel their master bathroom during that project. Similar to their wish list for their kitchen remodel, which consisted of keeping the overall layout but updating cosmetically, they too liked the layout of their bathroom, but wanted to update the materials to reflect their beachy taste and Key West community they lived in.

Bathroom

Bathroom Shower

Double Sink Vanity

Outdated Bathroom

Solution:

In starting this master bathroom remodel, we removed everything in sight. This included the existing vanity area and flooring. We also tore out all the shower tile, backer board and glass enclosure.

Once the demo was cleared and we were working with a clean slate, we installed concrete backer board in the shower, molded the new shower curb and prepped for tile. We laid a unique river pebble on the shower floor and placed large 8×20 subway tiles on the wall with a ‘whisper green’ glass listello for a beachy accent.

Shower Remodel
With the shower tile complete, we installed two corner shelves, a Moen rain shower head and attached the new frameless shower enclosure.

Following the completion of the shower area, we moved our attention to the vanity area. Previously, our client only had one electrical outlet that was situated directly under the medicine cabinet. Because this was a double sink vanity, they had asked us to re-wire the electrical to add an additional outlet on the opposite end of the vanity, which we did.

Double Sink Vanity

Once the electrical re-wiring was taken care of, we prepped the bathroom floor for new tile. Our client chose a wood-look porcelain tile, which we laid in a staggered horizontal pattern. With the flooring set, we then put the new double sink vanity in place.

Per the request of our client who desired additional storage, this vanity cabinet included four medium sized drawers in the center to be shared, as well as the typical door storage on each side. Amerock bronzed nickel knobs were installed on the door and drawer fronts, followed by the installation of the new granite countertop.

With the countertop in place, we installed Danze Antioch center set faucets and hung a new mirror, which extended the full width of the vanity. We also installed a new light fixture and comfort height toilet.

In completing this project, instead of attaching the original swing in door, we hung a brand new sliding barn door. Because the bathroom was tight already, this was a great alternative to give the client more room.

Barn Door

Granite Countertops

Remodel Reveal: Open Concept Kitchen With Endless Storage

Background:

Our client lives in the River Club community in Lakewood Ranch and has lived in their home for over twenty years now. Over the course of that time, they have made numerous updates to their home, but had never gotten around to remodeling their kitchen as they wanted. When they finally felt it was the right time to do so, they did the necessary research and stumbled upon us (and we are grateful for that)!

With everything in the kitchen being original to the home, it was noticeably cosmetically outdated, but functioned okay for how they were using it.  They came to us wanting to gut the entire thing and start new.

Outdated Soffit in Kitchen

Kitchen Pantry

Before Bradenton Kitchen Remodel

 

Solution:

In starting this kitchen remodel, we removed literally everything aside from the flooring and knee wall of the breakfast peninsula. This included the soffit light box, cabinets, countertops, appliances and island. We also modified the existing pantry area to accommodate a built-in pantry.

Once the demo debris was removed from the area, we modified the existing electrical above the breakfast peninsula for new pendant lights, as well as above the kitchen island area to accommodate a large chandelier and a built-in microwave.

By choosing to move the microwave into the kitchen island as opposed to above the stove as it was before, our client was able to incorporate a range hood.

Remodeled Kitchen

Once the electrical was modified, we repaired and textured the ceiling where the soffit was and began installing Showplace full-overlay cabinets in maple with shaker style doors throughout the kitchen. A custom, angled left corner wall cabinet with a glass insert was incorporated to be less streamlined and give off more of a texted and dimensional feel.

Once the upper and base cabinets were in place, we focused our attention to the new pantry area, which included matching maple Showplace cabinets with 93” tall double doors with full extension roll-out drawers and two double door cabinets.

Kitchen Island

The new island area also incorporated Showplace cabinets, however in a gray shade. By incorporating two different colored cabinets throughout the kitchen, the room felt light and open. The island cabinets also included a built-in microwave base cabinet and drawer bases for easy storage.

Following the installation of all the cabinets, we added panel molding to the backside of the breakfast peninsula knee wall. This gave off the appearance that the peninsula was one large cabinet and provided a high-end feel, as opposed to of just painting the wall.

Once all cabinetry was in place, we laid a grey Bedrosians tile from the countertop to the ceiling on the range hood wall. This installation was unique in that it extended up the entire back wall, giving off a 3-D effect.

Granite Countertops

In completing this project, we laid sparkling granite countertops and positioned brand new stainless steel appliances. We also installed Hafele pull outs in a few of the base cabinets and mounted Amerock pulls on the drawers and doors.

Sarasota Grand Opening Recap

In case you missed it, we held the Grand Opening of our SECOND location in Sarasota on November 2nd. We had a great time filled with new friends, old friends, live music and food.

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Breakfast Countertop

Remodel Reveal: The Java Kitchen

Background:

This client was referred to us by their friend and previous client of ours, which we are grateful for! Our client lived in a Key West inspired townhome community, which was built around 2005. By the time our client came to us, their kitchen was at least ten years old and they wanted to make some cosmetic changes to spruce up the place. They were happy with the overall layout of the kitchen, but they wanted to add a few more cabinets and create an additional entry to the space.

Oak Cabinets

Oak kitchen cabinets

Breakfast Seating

Solution:

For starters, everything in the kitchen was original to the home, so we removed and disposed of all the existing cabinets, countertops, sink, faucet and appliances. We were extra careful with demolition because all the items were in good shape and our client wanted to donate everything to Habitat for Humanity. (To learn more about how to do this, click here).

In the original kitchen layout, our client had a designated pantry closet, which tied to a wall that enclosed the breakfast nook area. To allow for that space to gain more natural light and open it up for additional access, we tore out the closet and removed drywall to create an entryway. We also re-positioned the fridge a few feet to the left to allow for additional cabinets to be installed in its existing position.

Luxurious Kitchen Remodel

With demotion and drywall work complete, we ran new wiring for a new under counter built-in wine fridge, and modified power and water for the new main fridge location.

Within the same footprint as the original cabinets, we installed all new cabinets with full overlay raised panel doors in a java color. Two unique cabinet storage solutions incorporated into this kitchen were a waste basket cabinet to the left of the sink and a pantry cabinet with pullout shelves. Another nice feature our client desired was soft-close doors and drawers.

Kitchen Pull Out Drawers

Pantry Pull Out Shelving

After the cabinets were positioned, we laid a new Ceasarstone countertop with a bullnose edge. A brick joint marble mosaic backsplash was later applied with hints of grays and white. Our client chose a stainless steel single bowl sink with a Moen faucet.

With everything in its place, we finished up the project by installing the appliances and attaching Amerock pulls on all doors and drawers.

Breakfast Countertop

Bradenton Kitchen

Remodel Reveal: Universally Designed with Modern Touches

The Background:

Our client came to us after she attended one of our educational seminars. She wanted to remodel her outdated master bathroom and create a universally designed space with ADA compliant features, which would accommodate her husband who was in a wheelchair.

For starters, the original shower was very tight and had a narrow entryway with a curb. There was absolutely no way a wheelchair could get in or out, which was one of the biggest pain points for our client.

Another problem area for this client was their bathtub and vanity area, which was closely connected. The couple did not use their tub, however they desired more storage, so together we decided to remove the tub and create an all new vanity area with additional storage room.

Outdated Water Closet

Just left of the vanity, sat the private water closet, which was very tight and not wheelchair friendly.

Out of Date Bradenton Bathroom

As you walked into the bathroom, the first thing you noticed was the vanity and over-sized tub.

Outdated Make Up Vanity

Just right of the over-sized tub was a make-up vanity.

The Solution:

We began this bathroom remodel by removing the existing tub, the shower and floor tile, toilet, vanity area and shower walls. Once that was completed, we modified the plumbing to accommodate the new floor plan, and then re-poured the concrete slab with a slope for easier cleaning and access.

Once that was completed and dry, we modified the electrical wiring for an all-new lighting plan, which included two new exhaust fans, new outlet locations, switches and a lighted make up mirror.

In order to make the new shower spacious and wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, we used the space where the existing shower was, as well as the space where the existing water closet was. Because we were enlarging the shower, we had to also relocate the supply and drain for new plumbing. Once the plumbing was completed and the shower walls were put up, we installed a glossy Onyx Collection wall panel with a caddy niche and corner seat.

Bradenton ShowerRemodel

We tore out the walls of the existing shower and water closet to create a spacious walk-in shower and toilet area.

Our clients chose the Onyx Collection because it provided a no slip, easily maintainable surface which was at the top of their priority list. Gloss Finish gives a classic appearance with an easy to clean smooth surface, and no grout seams make this option a must have!

With the new shower area being so expansive, we incorporated a new Toto Aquia two-piece dual-flush toilet into the space, which would be easily accessible by wheelchair. In addition to being ADA compliant in terms of height, this Toto toilet also has a soft close seat and a joystick type of control, which is easier to use than pushing buttons.

Walk-in Wheelchair Friendly Shower

The bathroom transformation continued with us installing a contemporary frameless design vanity cabinet. The double-sink vanity was placed in the exact placement of the original; however, with the tub being gone, the new cabinet was able to be extended, giving the client more storage space. A unique feature of this vanity cabinet, is that one of the sink areas was framed to allow for a wheelchair to easily pull up to without hitting the actual cabinet.

A Caesarstone quartz countertop, in Oyster color, was laid on top of the new cabinets, and Amerock Mulholland knobs and pulls in satin nickel finish were screwed to the cabinet doors.

The client chose a quartz countertop due to it being non-porous and requiring minimal maintenance. In completing the vanity area, we installed two Kohler, Caxton under mount sinks in white porcelain. This simple and streamlined sink design is as versatile as it is attractive. We continued by adding two Moen, Varese high arc center set faucets in spot resistant brushed nickel finish. This finish resists fingerprints and water spots for a cleaner looking bath- again a feature that was very important to our clients.

Bathroom Countertop

Once the vanity was complete, we moved on to installing a Shaw Floorte, Classico floor tile in their “Alba” color. This resilient waterproof plank emulates hardwood but its unique precision engineering technology makes it easy to use, strong and durable.

In completing our universally designed bathroom, we added sleek curved grab bars in brushed nickel finish in the shower and next to the toilet. We also installed new Four-light satin nickel bath lights, and a hard wired make up mirror with magnification and light.

Universally Designed Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

Once the bathroom was complete, our client was extremely happy with the finished project; she “loved the products, and is “so happy with the quality of work.”

Bathroom Remodel

Remodel Reveal: A Tranquil and Relaxing Master Bath

The Background:

Our client came to us after attending one of our remodeling seminars in April of 2015. Her main focus was remodeling her 1993 outdated master bathroom, which was connected to a large walk-in closet and a spacious bedroom. The client had done a kitchen remodel a few years prior and that got her thinking about doing a master suite remodel in the future. Her ideal bathroom remodel included creating a new vanity space, which would consist of adding new and updated light fixtures and a new countertop. In addition to the vanity, she wanted to remodel her shower and bathtub area, and remove all of the carpet throughout her bedroom and bathroom. Our client wanted to re-tile all those areas to give her home a fresh new look.

Dated bathroom vanity

This is the vanity area prior to the remodel.

Sarasota Bathroom

This is the open concept tub area prior to the remodel.

Outdated Sarasota Shower

This is the open shower prior to the remodel.

The Solution:

Once hired for the job and all of the necessary materials were in, we began her remodeling transformation by tearing out all existing materials, which included the shower, tub area, vanity and carpet.

Our client wanted popcorn free ceilings, so we installed a new and contemporary texture to the ceilings in her bathroom, bedroom and walk-in closet. Once the texturing was complete, we laid all new wood-like Bedrosians 8×24 porcelain floor tile. Once the flooring was in, we moved our attention to the vanity area where we installed a double sink Showplace cabinet and a beautiful Cambria quartz countertop. Two undermount porcelain sinks were installed and the vanity was finished off with Amerock, Creased Bow pulls in brushed nickel.

Showplace Vanity Cabinet

Updated vanity area after the remodel.

When it came to remodeling the shower, we were tasked with making the space a true walk-in shower with no door. With that being said, we modified the plumbing and re-located the shower lever to the opposite side of the shower head, which would allow for the water temperature to be adjusted prior to entering the shower. We also built-out three niches in the shower walls to allow for soap and other shower necessities. For the shower wall tile, we laid glass accents in a vertical pattern, which gave off a sleek, contemporary feel.

Continuing with the natural, outdoors theme of our client’s bathroom, we laid shaved pebbles on the shower floor. These not only look unique, but also feel amazing on your feet and provide a slip-resistant surface. The original shower area also included an arched window, which we intricately lined with the shaved pebbles. This extra detail really tied the whole shower together and created a unique one of a kind space.

Pebble Shower Tile

Updated walk-in shower after the remodel.

In completing the shower, we reinstated the contemporary look our client was going for by installing modern style plumbing fixtures, like the Moen 90 degree, brushed nickel eco-performance handheld shower and the Moen, 90 Degree brushed nickel one-handle open waterway bathroom faucet used for the vanity

Universal Design Shower Head

Tile details in the shower after the remodel.

We then focused our attention on the bathtub area where we replaced the existing tub with an American Standard, 60” drop in. We also re-tiled the area with a glazed porcelain tile and installed a brushed nickel tub faucet.

Bathroom Remodel

Spacious tub and shower area after the remodel.

Overall, while the footprint of the bathroom remained the same, the aesthetic transformation really elevated the space and gave it a clean, coastal, seascape feeling. Our Design Consultant Jennifer Strohl, commented on the transformation, “Our client wanted a ‘coastal contemporary’ look with clean lines and soft colors.  She loved the way the different materials complemented each other with the driftwood looking floor tile, the river pebbles and the quartz countertops resembling a sandy shoreline.”

This coastal contemporary bathroom was finished off by painting the walls with Sherwin Williams color, Nantucket Dune. This warm, neutral tone is very soothing and blends well with all of the elements featured in this bathroom. Our coastal, sea themed master bathroom is complete!

Remodel Reveal: An Open Concept Kitchen

The Background:

Our client recently purchased a home, which they planned to remodel prior to moving in. The house in general had good bones, but the kitchen layout and aesthetics were very out of date and not to the clients taste.

Before officially calling this house, “home,” our client wanted to remodel their kitchen to create an open-concept feel for easy entertaining in their family room. The only thing standing in the way of their dreams was a wall and some TLC by our team of professionals.

Closed Off Kitchen

The original wall cut off any interaction between the kitchen and family room area.

Outdated Sarasota Kitchen

Two outdated features of this kitchen are the green laminate countertops and the striped wallpaper.

green_laminate_countertops

There was a lot of natural light in this kitchen, which was a bonus.

The Solution:

One benefit to this clients remodel was that they were not living in the home while we were working. This was great because the client didn’t have to modify their daily lifestyle habits around the remodel. For this kitchen remodel, we removed one column of the existing wall that separated the kitchen and family room. The new space where the wall sat previously was used to create a breakfast bar. This modification not only created the open concept our client desired, but it also created additional seating.

The original cabinet boxes were in good shape, so instead of replacing the cabinets altogether, the decision was made to reface. This decision saved our clients some money to use in other areas of the remodel. We installed a cherry autumn wood for the new cabinet door fronts, as well as Venetian Gold granite countertops and a soft gray subway tile for the backsplash.

In the final details leading up to the completion of this kitchen remodel, we laid all new wood flooring throughout the kitchen and family room areas. We also removed the existing wallpaper and painted the walls, installed both under and above cabinet lighting and added pendant lights above the breakfast bar.

Open Concept Breakfast Bar

Sarasota Kitchen Remodel

Open Concept Kitchen

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