I just took some great “after” pictures of Paul and Doris’ Master Suite Addition, living room remodel and laundry room remodel. This project began last year in their desire to stay in their two-story home, but have an accessible master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, which would allow them to age-in-place. Two years ago, we remodeled their kitchen, nook and built a new deck with the intent of adding the master suite in the future. We hired local designer Susan Harthun to design 450 square feet just behind laundry room (and integrating the home’s exterior appearance and landscaping). The new bedroom addition is spacious with a vaulted ceiling, built in wardrobe cabinets, an Andersen door to the new deck, unique lights from Radiance by Design, red oak hardwood floors, extra insulation, large windows and lots of evening sunlight. The bathroom has a large soaking tub, marmoleum floors, an accessible custom tile shower with no curb, and a Silestone makeup counter. We reconfigured the laundry room to be more efficient. In the living room we removed the aged “faux” beams, replaced damaged drywall, installed new hardwood floors, new paint and new trim to match the rest of their home.

– Carl

 

Doris and Paul decided to upgrade their home to accommodate them as they age rather than sell their home and move. They were partially inspired by a friend’s difficulties with stairs.  We worked last summer with Doris and Paul to remodel and expand their kitchen and add a new deck. You can see photos of their new kitchen on our Kitchens page. That project was the first stage of a larger plan to update their home and add a spacious master suite.

We provided Doris and Paul with a Master Suite design build solution by working with closely with our clients and local designer Susan Harthun.  The key to this design is to move their master bedroom and bathroom to the main floor level and plan ahead for accessibility. Greg’s experience teamed with his Certified Aging in Place training helped with many of the crucial details. The new bedroom will have expansive windows, vaulted ceilings, custom cabinetry and a door to the deck. We designed the deck last year with the new addition in mind. In the new bathroom, we are going to install a full tile shower with no curb, a beautiful soaking tub and radiant floor heating. The cabinetry is going to be made by a local business Eager Beaver Cabinets out of Clear Vertical Grain (CVG) fir. In addition, we are going to be reconfiguring the laundry room to make it more useable.

The home’s heating system is somewhat unusual, because it doesn’t have a natural gas furnace. Instead, it has a high efficiency heat pump connected to a forced air ducting system. To save Paul and Doris the cost of replacing their heat pump with a larger unit and higher energy bills, we are going to build their new addition with added insulation and a strong focus on airsealing to reduce air leaks. We are also going to air seal and insulate the existing home. The heating system will be modified by adding a zone to allow separate control of the temperature in the master bedroom and bathroom.

We created some renderings earlier in the design process to help Paul and Doris visualize their project. Some of the details have changed since we made the renderings. The project is in the final design and bidding stage. We will have more pictures and updates as the project progresses.

Please give us a call if you would like to learn more about this project 541-754-6326.

–          Carl

A Corvallis couple asked us to build a handicap ramp for their home to meet their future mobility needs. We investigated installing a pressure treated wood ramp, but decided that a concrete ramp would be a better long term option and require less maintenance. One of our local subcontractors Double Eagle Construction Company http://doubleeagleconstruction.com/index.html wanted to give back to the community and decided they will donate the cost of the concrete and the labor to install and finish it.

Double Eagle Construction has been serving Western Oregon since 1984. Concrete construction is the only thing they do, from high end residential to commercial and industrial work. Double Eagle can even do beautiful concrete countertops for your kitchen or bathroom.

We modeled the ramp in Google Sketchup to help the homeowner envision how this ramp would fit in their yard. Greg Christianson’s certified aging in place training also helped. He modified the design so that the ramp will be partially underneath the home’s overhangs to reduce ice in the winter. The model also helped us prevent a conflict with their carport’s structural posts before we started construction. We plan on starting this project next week and will provide regular updates.

Existing sidewalk and front porch steps

 

New handicap ramp design

 

Double Eagle Concrete Company

Greg Earns Certified Aging in Place Specialist Designation

Congratulations to Greg! He earned the Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation from the National Association of Home Builders. This program provides professionals the training and knowledge to enable them to accommodate the needs of the aging population of Corvallis. It’s important that you live in a home that is safe, secure and easy to move around in. To remain in your home, hallways may need to be widened, ramps installed and kitchens and bathrooms redesigned.

For example, on a current bathroom remodel, our clients requested help creating an accessible, modern design. Greg is working with our designer to eliminate tripping hazards, add grab bars, remove the slippery flooring, widening doorways and add lighting. We are also designing a ramp with handrails and an automatic opener for the front door.

Greg understands accessibility issues on a personal level. Greg and G. Christianson Construction built a new accessible home for his aging parents as well as an accessible Master Suite Addition for his own home.

Greg’s CAPS certified professional training includes the unique needs of seniors, modifying homes so you can live there longer as you age and addressing the most common barriers in a home.

If you are concerned about making your home ‘aging ready’, Greg Christianson a CAPS certified professional would be very helpful in making sure your future needs are addressed during your remodeling project. Please call us at 541-754-6326 if you would like to find out more.

Greg can help you find accessibility solutions

 

Google Sketchup Model of Handicap Ramp

 

Certified Aging In Place Specialist

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