A bathroom renovation is one of the best ways to increase functionality, safety, and resale value of your home. When you have a brand new bathroom renovation it is easy to be happy with it, but the true test of a good renovation is after many years. Recently, Peerless Improvements returned to a bathroom renovation we had done almost ten years ago. The homeowner was still very happy with both the aesthetic and the functionality of the renovation and was getting ready to sell the home to move out of state.
The home, with all the renovations Peerless Improvements had done through the years, including a second story master suite, sold quickly to a family who commented on how much they liked the move-in ready and updated bathrooms in particular. When thinking about an updated bathroom to enjoy at home or to improve the resale value of your home, it is important to choose a contractor who will ensure, with proper building materials and techniques, that renovation will last for years to come.
April is occupational therapy month and to celebrate, we are highlighting the occupational therapist on the Peerless Improvements team, Leigh Ustick OTR/L. As an occupational therapist who specializes in home modification for older adults and people with disabilities, Leigh is skilled at evaluating a person’s needs to maximize safety and functioning at home.
The most commonly modified area in the home is the bathroom. Most home accidents happen in the bathroom so it is important to focus on this area for fall risks. Along with grab bars, comfort height toilets, and ample storage to keep clutter off the floor, a walk-in shower can be a great addition to a safe but beautiful bathroom. A tub/shower combination can create a trip hazard when trying to get in and out of the shower. A walk-in shower can have a small threshold while a roll-in shower has no threshold allowing for easy access for a wheelchair. A skilled occupational therapist can make these recommendations specific to your needs while keeping the beauty of your aesthetic choices.
Whether designing a home modification around a specific client’s needs, or implementing universal design in a traditional renovation, Peerless Improvements is proud to offer occupational therapy evaluations and recommendations during April and all year long.
Before and after photos of renovations can be a great way to show dramatic change. A less flashy, but true test of a good renovation is to return after time has passed. It may not show a dramatic change in photos but it will show the integrity in the work completed.
Peerless Improvements recently visited a basement renovation that had been completed over a year ago after severe flooding. The family remains very happy with the work completed in their basement and told us there have been no flood issues since the renovation. They use the basement often as extra storage, a workout space, and as a family room. It is clear to see the integrity in the work a year later: no paint peeling, no flooring issues, and most importantly no flooding!
Working with a licensed contractor who shows this same integrity in their work can ensure that your renovation is enjoyed for years to come!
Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on couples to come up with a romantic date night. If you have a beautiful master suite at home, your date night might be a lot easier to plan.
A master suite renovation could mean that you redesign the space you already have, or it could mean that you add space to your current home in order to create the master suite you have been dreaming of. A calming paint color, light and airy design elements, and keeping your bedroom separate from other living spaces can ensure your master suite is the oasis you want. If you are thinking of a larger scale renovation to create an entirely new space, an attic, second story addition, or enlarging the first floor footprint can be wonderful space for your master suite retreat.
However you decide to renovate your master suite, make sure you work with the proper professionals to keep your renovations safe and on track.
Winter weather can make us all feel like we are stuck in our homes for the next few months. Sometimes this extra time indoors can make you see the flaws in your home or perhaps it becomes clear that there is not enough space for your family to function happily. While looking for more space, don’t overlook the basement.
The basement can be a fabulous spot to gain extra living space without expanding the footprint of your home. Some families prefer a home theater, while others prefer a craft room, while others still prefer a play space for children. Whatever your needs, the basement can be transformed into the extra space you are looking for. Make sure you work with a trusted professional when renovating your basement, or any space in your home, to ensure the proper safety precautions, potential troubleshooting, and residential codes are upheld.
The same woman who had her master bathroom renovated also wanted her guest bathroom renovated in order to allow her adult daughter to live in her home if she needs assistance. The bathroom was a Jack and Jill style with two entrances from two different bedrooms. The layout was a standard 4 piece bathroom with a single sink, toilet, and tub/shower combination. The bathroom had not been renovated since the 1980’s or 1990’s so it all needed an update.
In order to provide the most comfort and ease for both the mother and daughter, a comfort height toilet seat was installed and an easy access vanity with sink. The tub/shower combination was switched out for a walk in shower with a beautiful Euro-Glass door with wider opening than the previous sliding glass door. This “facelift” allowed for an updated aesthetic as well as a more comfortable and safe environment for the mother, her caregiver daughter, or their guests.
A previous client contacted Peerless Improvements for her mother’s upcoming bathroom renovation. She was thrilled to hear about the father-daughter team at Peerless Improvements blending together an individualized occupational therapy consultation and a contractor with years of experience. The master bathroom was large but not functioning well for this aging but active woman. Since she was looking to live in her home independently, Leigh, the occupational therapist, made several recommendations to allow her ease, comfort, and safety when using her master bathroom.
Using the occupational therapy consultation and recommendations, Peer, the contractor, renovated the master bathroom. Many features in the bathroom were changed to accommodate this woman’s desire to age-in-place including a comfort height toilet, low slip coefficient tiles, and easy access sinks, but the shower was the most important feature changed. The threshold was removed to diminish the risk for falls and a new door was installed allowing a larger opening. Grab bars and hand held shower heads were installed to enable this woman to shower herself safely and easily. With the new layout of her master bathroom, this woman is now able to live in her home comfortably and safely no matter what scenarios the future may bring.
Peerless Improvements not only renovates kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and more for the average homeowner, but Peerless Improvements also specializes in home modifications for older adults and people with disabilities. Leigh Ustick is an occupational therapist on the Peerless team who is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Along with these specialized services offered for older adults, Peerless Improvements is partnered with the Senior and Caregiver Resource Network (SACRN).
The Senior and Caregiver Resource Network is comprised of a group of professionals who cater to the specific needs of seniors in the community and the people who care for them. If you are looking for a senior service, whether it is financial planning, or home health aides, transportation, or psychological care, SACRN is a non-profit organization that will lead you in the right direction.
Visit the Senior and Caregiver Resource Network website for more information! www.SACRN.org
Before: A family of 3 living in Royal Oak who loves their home wanted to make it function better to fit their active lives. The kitchen opens to the living room at the front of the house which looks great and functions well for this young family when they are entertaining or preparing a weeknight meal and keeping an eye on a little one at the same time. There is a family room at the back of the house which was not being used quite as much due to the lack of functionality and outdated aesthetic.
After: Peerless Improvements came into the home when the family asked to make the family room function better and gain a more updated design. The fireplace in this family room is the obvious focal point. In order to create more storage and keep the fireplace a strong feature of the room, the Peerless Improvements team created custom built in shelves. This updated the exposed brick wall and created space for all the clutter that comes with having a busy family. The door to the backyard was also updated allowing this room to double as a mudroom as well. Now that previously unused family room at the back of the house is a beautifully updated space that functions and flows with the rest of the home.
Before: A family of 4 living in Huntington Woods had used Peerless Improvements for previous home renovation projects. This family unfortunately experienced extreme basement flooding in the heavy rains the area received last summer. Luckily, they knew exactly who to call to get their basement back to usable storage and living space.
After: Due to the nature of this type of flooding, everything needed to be removed from the basement and all surfaces needed to be replaced including flooring, drywall, insulation, and more. All appliances and electrical had to be checked over or replaced in order to make sure the family had a safe, warm, and clean home in which to live. Once the water issue was mitigated, the aesthetic pieces to the puzzle could be addressed. Peerless Improvements made sure that this family got the basement they deserved.