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HOME & DESIGN TRENDS A guide to fall/winter home improvement and decorating on the North Olympic Peninsula

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EXPERT ADVICE

HOW TO... SELECT A CONTRACTOR by KELLY FOX, CEO of Lumber Traders Inc. in Port Angeles

If you are at all like me and short on time and talent to do a home-improvement project or things on the honey-do list, then hiring a contractor may be in your near future. The process of hiring a contractor can be a bit overwhelming, but it does not have to be if you remember these five simple questions:

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This question solves the experience question by pointing to a contractor that is licensed, bonded and insured. You might get a lower price from an inexperienced contractor, but there is a very good chance that you will not get the quality you expect in return.

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It is always your money at risk so trust your instincts and listen to the voices in your head. If it does not feel right, stop and walk away or do some more research.

Do you have at least 12 references that I can call and projects I can drive by? Most everyone can get their mother and two friends to say something nice about them so looking for references who are not related will help you to get the true picture of the kind of work they do.

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Are you a member of any local or national building trade associations? These associations, like the North Peninsula Builder’s Association, locally vet the membership in addition to providing ongoing support and training for ever-changing building codes. A membership is a great sign that the builder takes his or her craft very seriously.

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warranty is enforceable. A contractor that steps outside of these procedures can void your warranty rights down the line. As for job site policies, cleanliness and smoking are just a few things that you should ask about. Coming home to a clean remodel that is not dangerous for your family or ugly to look at can make your comfort during the project that much better. As a bonus tip, trust your gut! It is always your money at risk so trust your instincts and listen to the voices in your head. If it does not feel right, stop and walk away or do some more research. The homework you do in advance will go a long way to making sure you get the quality and the contractor you expect for your hard-earned money.

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RENOVATION IDEAS

EMPTY NEST OFFERS CHANCE TO RECLAIM FUN, USEFUL SPACE by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News

As children leave the nest to attend college, accept a job or move into their own spaces many parents might find themselves dreaming of ways to maximize the extra space left behind in their home. Renovating or remodeling a child’s room to turn their now-empty room into a fun, relaxing or useful space is one way to combat an empty nest. A recent national survey found half of empty-nesters of pre-retirement age are opting to stay in family homes instead of downsizing into a smaller house or apartment. Renovations don’t always have to be practical, so start dreaming. Have you always wanted the ultimate walk-in closet? Now, you have the space. What about a “man cave” where a football or basketball game is always playing on a flat-screen television and a bar cart is stocked with cold beverages and snacks? No problem, now that your children have launched their lives elsewhere. A “she room” is also a possibility.

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Most meditation rooms require minimal furniture and accessories. Add a tray or basket with a few practical items and a Add a few large soft floor pillows to promote relaxtreat or two for guests. ation. A calming water feature might also come in handy. When traveling, most people forget something — a Some people select a soft pastel color for their meditatoothbrush, toothpaste, soap or lotion. Many guests will tion room, while others choose a dark color that promotes never use the little toiletries basket, but most will appre- relaxation and calmness. ciate not having to ask for an extra toothbrush if they v “MAN CAVE” OR “SHE ROOM” — Everyone forgot to pack one. dreams of a space where they can really kick up their Adding a few treats — a box of chocolates or a packet heels and relax or create. of cookies or crackers — ­ is a nice gesture for guests who This is why the “man cave” became so popular. might have a snack attack after retreating to their room. Many caves are in basements or garages due to limited A pitcher with a few glasses and coasters is a nice space in the house, but now that the kids have moved out touch so guests don’t have to walk around a strange dad can claim their old room. house in the dark for a drink of water after everyone Most man caves need little more than comfy seating, a turns in for the night. television and a place to serve a few snacks. Don’t forget to add a little trash can to the room to Framed team posters and sports memorabilia can add encourage guests to keep your room nice and tidy. to the festive feel of a “cave.” With just a few changes your guests will never guess This room can also incorporate a library, musical that they are sleeping in a room where stuffed animals instruments for jam sessions and a worktable to house once ruled and concert posters served as wall art. ongoing puzzles, games and projects. v GYM, YOGA STUDIO OR MEDITATION ROOM A “she room” follows pretty much the same design — If you have trouble getting motivated to go to the gym, concept, but often features a softer color palette. a private workout space might be the perfect fit for that A worktable is an important component of most rooms newly empty room. because women often have several craft projects they Creating a workout space can be as simple as adding a want to tackle. few mirrored walls, storage spaces for gear, a new sound Imagine having a painted pegboard or a cupboard with system and new flooring that better suits the type of all of the tools needed to complete a project. workout gear necessary. Instead of temporarily establishing a craft table in a To create a meditation room, consider adding a new kitchen or living room, you now have a room of your own. window to welcome in more natural light and to No more packing and unpacking sewing, beading, encourage houseplants to thrive. wrapping paper and other supplies each time you want << EMPTY NEST continued from Page 6

to start a project. Organizational items are often a key component to most “she rooms” and local stores are stocked with containers, tools and goods to help you get started. v ULTIMATE WALK-IN CLOSET — Most master bedroom closets were not well thought out. Often small in size with layouts that don’t meet current needs, turning a child’s room into a walk-in closet can be a dream come true. Imagine having a window in your closet. No more guessing what the true color of that shirt is. This would be a chance to air out the closet without having to take your wardrobe outside. Best of all — with the extra room, you can finally organize all of those shoes!

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Don’t be intimidated by taking on a full-scale renovation or remodeling project. There are plenty of ways to change the purpose of a room without tearing down load-bearing walls. Start by removing any furniture, clothing, wall art and decor that doesn’t suit the needs of your new room. Pack away stuffed animals, board games and other childhood treasures to the garage or attic until children can collect their belongings. Changing the look and feel of a room is often as simple as changing the paint color and moving around the existing furniture or shopping from other rooms in the house. New curtains and flooring could be the next step along with adding a few decor pieces. Don’t let that room just sit empty, reclaim it today!

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If your front door looks a little worse for wear then consider upgrading it with a new door that is durable and stylish. There are so many styles to choose from. Single doors, double doors and doors accented with decorative glass are just a few of the options. Door panels can be made of wood, steel or fiberglass and can be simple or highly decorative.

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If you are sticking with your current front door, a fresh coat of paint can really make things look new again. Pick a color that coordinates with your home’s exterior, but don’t be afraid to be bold. Contrasting colors are appealing to the eye. Selecting a vibrant and bold color for your front door will make a statement and welcome guests to your home. Select a color that sets your home apart from your neighbors and highlights your personality. Popular stand-out door colors include red, blue, green and orange, but any color is sure to refresh the front of your home. For inspiration walk around your neighborhood or take a look on Pinterest to see what others have done to make their front doors stand out.

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Sometimes breathing new life into your front entryway is as simple as updating door hardware. A new doorknob, decorative exterior hinges or a whimsical door knocker can really set the tone for your entryway. Since hardware is available in a variety of finishes

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Add a few touches of seasonal color with wreaths, mats and other decorations. And don’t forget your house numbers. Replacing old and worn house numbers with new, larger and easier-to-read numbers in a fun font will increase curb appeal and help people find your house.

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Has the walkway to your house seen better days? Are weeds growing between pavers and stones? This is the perfect time to tidy up the walkway by replacing broken bricks or pavers and pulling weeds that will be fed by nourishing autumn rains. Take a stroll on your walkway at night. If you find yourself searching hopelessly in the dark to find the front door consider Landscaping is meant to accent your illuminating the walkway. home not overwhelm it. The pizza delivery person, packageTrim overgrown shrubs, bushes and delivery driver and guests will thank you trees. Bushes should be below window when the Peninsula’s long summer daysills so your view is not obscured. light hours begin to fade. Replace plants that have died or that Area hardware stores offer an array of no longer add appeal to your home. easy-to-install solar lights. When installPlants should be trimmed several feet ing, position lights so solar cells get away from your home to minimize damenough bright southern exposure during age from moisture, wind and insects. the day to recharge night lights. Adding a decorative planter to your Take a close look at your mailbox. Is it steps or porch is an easy way to accent the leaning a little more than it used to? Do color scheme of your door, home and land- you want to upgrade it to something that scape design. ties in better with your home’s design? Look for a container that is sized These little changes can often be done appropriately for the plants you want to over a weekend and will have your front feature and that can add a pop of color to entry looking good for years to come. a neutral color scheme or that fits in with — by Brenda Hanrahan, Peninsula bolder color selections. Daily News

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HOME-BUYING TIPS

HOT TIPS FOR PURCHASING A NEW HOME If you’re planning on buying a home increased competition could present challenges on the path to landing the home of your dreams. To get an edge against other bidders and find a house that you’ll love for many years to come follow these tips for home buying in a hot market:

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Furthermore, when you know exactly what you can afford, you are more apt to stick within your budget and not be carried away during bidding wars. Remember, it’s important to understand the total monthly costs of home ownership. Beyond the mortgage premiums, factor in utilities, taxes, insurance and maintenance costs. Being “house poor” is never a good idea.

LOOK FOR POTENTIAL

If you’re looking at purchasing a home that needs a little elbow grease, make sure you invest in a design that is going to withstand the test of time and be appealing for years to come. This rings true most of all when choosing the right appliances; stainless steel has been highly desirable for decades and continues to be a mainstay in a timeless kitchen design. Area stores offer a variety of stainless steel finishes for new refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and microwaves that will look just as stunning many years from now as it does today. Current appliance lines complement a range of infinite design styles and colors, elevating the look of any kitchen. No need to worry if you cannot afford to replace all of the appliances at the same time as purchasing your new home. As long as the house has a good structure, the space you need and meets your immediate must-haves, you can

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CONSIDER LONG-TERM NEEDS

Are you planning to grow your family in the near future? Then you may want to shop for a larger house in need of some work rather than that completely updated twobed bungalow; it may not meet your needs in the next five years. Are you looking to downsize? It might make sense to consider a ranch home before your knees start to hurt and you dread climbing stairs. Purchasing a home will be one of your largest investments. Make sure your decision matches your future lifestyle expectations rather than just the needs of the present moment.

DO RESEARCH IN ADVANCE

Do you need easy access to bus lines? Where will your children attend school? Is the area safe? Use area real estate websites to hone in on neighborhoods that best suit you and your family. Often real estate agency websites have area maps and direct links to information about school systems, crime rates, area amenities and lists of local restaurants and shopping areas. You can view side-by-side community comparisons for easy evaluation. Put in your search parameters and sign-up to receive

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DESIGN ADVICE

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL BIGGER Party balloons, elastic waistbands and the universe — for some things, expansion is easy. When your home is too small, however, it’s not always possible to expand it. Whether you live in a suburban townhouse, an urban condo or a big, modern single-family home on a tiny lot, chances are good building on or up to expand just isn’t in the cards for your home. Many Americans are in the same situation, and they’re seeking creative ways to maximize the utility of the space they have. Here are some ideas for improving the functionality and appearance of your space without adding a single (and costly) square foot to your home’s footprint:

MAKE IT LOOK, FEEL BIGGER

A space that’s crowded with stuff, filled with large furniture and decorated in dark hues will feel tight and oppressive no matter how big the room is. Decluttering, lightening up your decor and right-sizing furniture are three of the easiest ways to make your home feel bigger and work better. Replace dark drapes and carpets with lighter colors. Paint the walls in pale neutral hues, and ditch the sectional that dominates three walls of your small room. >> MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL BIGGER continued on Page 13

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Next, look up. Natural light can help a space feel bigger and brighter, and modern skylights make it easy to bring natural light into virtually any room. There also are a number of traditional skylight solutions, including light wells from attics to ceilings below, for spaces without direct roof access. Skylights are great sources of natural light in rooms where privacy is important, such as the master bathroom. Adding skylights makes a dramatic design statement while bringing healthy natural light and fresh air into the home. What’s more, Energy Star-qualified, solar-powered, fresh-air skylights provide natural light and passive ventilation without requiring giving up wall space. Add solar-powered blinds in designer colors and patterns to complement the decor, and you can control the amount of light entering a room with a programmable touch pad remote control. Even better — homeowners can receive a 30 percent federal tax credit on the skylights, blinds and installation costs. For rooms without direct roof access, another option could be tubular skylights that funnel natural light from the roof line into spaces below. These models also have optional light kits that make them functional 24/7. Finally, it may be possible to remove a non-load-bearing wall between rooms to create a more open space. For example, if your kitchen is partitioned off from the family room, removing the wall between the spaces — or even half of it — can make both feel bigger. Have an unused bedroom adjacent to your master bedroom? Removing the wall between the rooms can give you an impressive master suite.

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Virtually every home has some space in it that’s not being used. Finishing a basement or attic can be a cost-effective way to increase your living space without adding to its footprint. Basement finishing systems make it easier and faster than ever to create a comfortable and attractive space below ground, while finishing an attic may be as simple as adding insulation, sheet rock and skylights or roof windows. Another option might be to increase your entertainment space by converting a patio or deck into a sun room. Gaining that space as living area can allow you to reconfigure other areas inside your home for greater utility. For example, a finished, enclosed patio can function as your family room, allowing you to use all or part of the old family room to expand your kitchen.

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Finally, use the space you do have more efficiently by designing rooms that multitask — such as a home office/guest bedroom combination or guest room with the closet converted into a work space. If you’re like most Americans, you store stuff in the garage. Adding organized storage such as shelves and cabinets can help optimize the space and maximize the amount you can store there. Achieving a more expansive feeling in your home doesn’t have to require an expansion. Instead of building an addition, add some smart decorating and design ideas. You’ll end up with a home that looks bigger, feels more open and works better for your lifestyle. —— Story and photo provided by Brandpoint.

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REMODELING FOR MODERN FAMILIES Parents, grandparents and children all living happily together under one roof — it’s an iconic American image you may associate with “the good old days.” In reality, more Americans are now living in multi-generational households than at any time in the past 75 years, according to Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The growing number of multi-generational households means homeowners, remodelers and builders are rethinking what it takes to make a home livable for multiple generations. While some home builders have begun offering models designed specifically to facilitate multi-generational living, the reality is most people who decide to share a living space with extended family members will need to stay put and remodel their current homes. >> REMODELING FOR MODERN FAMILIES continued on Page 17

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In the Pacific Northwest wood is always the trend. More than ever, wood is making its way from the forest to serve as a design element in homes. You can see this trend in many forms — from pallets of cedar washed in muted colors to the more refined and elegant finish of natural teak. Choosing a wood species gives you the opportunity to create the feel and style you want for your home. Wood walls are displayed with staggered wood joints and set horizontally up a wall to highlight the natural variety of colors to create a feature wall. “You are most likely to notice these accent walls in bedrooms accenting a headboard wall or as a backdrop of a TV/entertainment wall,” said Trisa Katsikapes, an interior designer and owner of Trisa & Co. based in Port Angeles. “But now they are making their way into other parts of the home and outdoor living spaces. From bathroom accent walls and kitchen nooks to barn doors. “It’s refreshing and fun to see the creative repurposing of pallets and reclaimed wood being used in these ways.” If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration on how to incorporate wood as an accent wall, check out Pintrest and Houzz and just search for “wood slat walls,” Katsikapes suggested. >> THE TREND — WOOD AS WALL ART continued on Page 19

For this Port Angeles remodeling project, Trisa Katsikapes, an interior designer and owner of Trisa & Co. in Port Angeles, used a rich teak wood to create an accent wall in a master bedroom.

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“There’s no shortage of ideas,” she said. A recent Port Angeles remodeling project Katsikapes tackled provides plenty of inspiration for those dreaming of a wood accent wall in a master bedroom. “The concept for this master bedroom suite is an elegant, yet relaxed feature wall as the backdrop for an Asian-inspired room,” she said. “The swing-arm lamps are mounted directly onto the wood slat wall, illuminating the wood grain of the natural teak. “The brick was removed and teak flooring was applied directly to the wall, staggering the wood joints.” Construction for the project was completed by Pantry & Latch of Sequim.

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systems throughout your home provides you with the ability to control the amount of light where it’s needed, and where it’s not. Choosing a universal dimmer allows for an easy transition and flicker-free operation with any bulb (LED or CFL). With home automation products becoming more and more attainable, some dimmers even allow you to dim or time your lights from your phone for added convenience. v Increase energy efficiency in your home while also taking steps toward safety and fire prevention by ensuring that your air filters are clean. With clean filters and fans, generators don’t need to work as hard, therefore requiring less energy consumption. An air filter clogged with dust and residue will not only increase your energy consumption, but can pose a fire hazard: Overworked fans and generators can easily overheat. And, filters heavy with dust can loosen from their security, causing them to fall onto the energy source of a heating, ventilation or cooling system, which can start a fire. With these DIY home improvements that can be wrapped up in a weekend, you’ll save time and money when tackling that end of summer to-do list. It’s important to recognize that every season comes with its own best practices for ways to keep your home safe and energy efficient, and electrical improvements are always effective ways to check a few off of your list. — Story by Brandpoint

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Red, orange and yellow are considered warm colors since they are associated with images of heat, like fire or sunshine. Warm families of color are bold and powerful when incorporated into home design.

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Reds evoke feelings of passion, energy and intimacy, so it’s an excellent color for workout rooms and master bedrooms. Red also inspires the appetite, so is a logical choice for dining rooms or kitchens.

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Blue is soothing and elicits feelings of relaxation, which is perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms. Alternatively, blues should be kept out of the kitchen because it’s a color that’s associated with appetite suppression.

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Green tones provide a feeling of familiarity because they are found throughout nature. Light greens are ideal for living rooms and offices; dark greens are wonderfully rich as accent colors. Vivid greens add unexpected pop.

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Skylights add natural light making a small kitchen appear bigger without eliminating already-limited wall space. White cabinets and a patterned floor in a light color scheme also add the illusion of space. << MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIG continued from Page 22

Fortunately, appliance makers offer products in multiple sizes and finishes to fit any space and design preference. Before you appliance shop, be sure to measure the spaces where the new pieces will reside in your kitchen. Further, keep in mind the overall scale of the room, too. If your kitchen is small, a massive refrigerator will overwhelm the space, even if the designated cutout for the fridge is big enough to accommodate a large one.

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TINY HOUSES ARE HUGE ON CHARM by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News

By now you have probably heard the term tiny house. There are television shows dedicated to the concept and magazines often feature them as the next “big” trend. There are tiny homes springing up in communities across the North Olympic Peninsula. For David Moe, president and head designer of Quimper Tiny Homes Inc. in Port Townsend, the popularity of building more compact houses just makes sense. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” Moe said. “Whenever you have scarcity, mankind will figure out ways to overcome the problem. We have to accept the reality that they aren’t making any more land, but they keep making more people.” Moe has lived on the Peninsula off and on for nearly 50 years, and remembers when Sequim was a rural community with a lot of vacant farmland. “We have to accept the fact of greater home density,” he said. “A tiny home is one of the solutions. I like to build small homes, but I prefer to make them at least 10 feet and not put them on trailers. I call them cozy cottages.” >> TINY HOUSES continued on Page 25

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Moe encourages people to put tiny homes on a foundation so that they can become part of a piece of real estate. “Since the home includes land it would qualify for a conventional mortgage, and the rates are low and affordable,” Moe added. When asked what the benefits of a tiny home are, Moe is quick to answer. “Lower cost to buy. Lower cost to maintain. Minimal impact to the environment,” Moe said. “Also, home ownership is getting more difficult for younger people and those in the lower-income bracket. “In 1971, I bought my first house in Port Angeles for $13,700 even though my annual income was only $7,500. The house only cost twice my annual income. “Today, if a person is only making $15 an hour their annual income is $31,200. Where can they find a home for $62,400, which would be twice their annual income?” A tiny home or cozy cottage on a piece of land could be priced under $100,000 which would be close to three times their annual income, Moe said. “With the right kind of financing that is an affordable option. A two- or three-bedroom home which can easily cost over $250,000 is out of the question for people in the lower income bracket,” he said. The average cost of a tiny home ranges from $30,000 to $60,000 depending on the quality of craftsmanship. “Many people associate the idea of tiny home as being something on wheels, but they do not have to be mobile,” Moe said.

LEFT AND ABOVE: David Moe of Quimper Tiny Homes in Port Townsend calls this 10-foot by 20-foot tiny house prototype “Sunrise and Sunset.” The construction of a tiny home uses the same building practices and construction standards as a larger-sized home.

“A person needs to understand that a suitable trailer for a tiny home adds $4,000 to $7,000 to the cost of the home and it is aerodynamically terrible to pull behind a vehicle for any distance. “Also, a tiny home on wheels is an RV and does not qualify for a conventional mortgage. “I still feel a better solution is a cozy cottage which is a little bigger and part of a piece of real estate. Also,

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lenders need to accept the fact that the land might cost more than the building.” Moe said the trend of building tiny homes is here to stay. “Tiny houses are a trend toward meeting the needs of affordable housing and good self-esteem,” he said. “If we can help people acquire affordable housing with a personal touch it will enhance their self-esteem.”

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MAKE HOME CHANGES NOW TO BE SAFE AS A SENIOR What homeowner, young or old, isn’t interested in affordable and functional home improvements that can be enjoyed for years to come? For seniors 65 and older, well-thought-out additions or upgrades are necessary for continued comfort and safety. Aging in place, or modifying your existing home to better accommodate changing needs, can be a major undertaking. >> MAKE CHANGES NOW continued on Page 27

Door and window screens to provide better ventilation, non-slip flooring and increased natural and task lighting can help seniors stay safe in their homes.

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When is the best time to begin planing for a long healthy life as a senior? Marty Bell, executive director of the National Aging in Place Council, sums it up nicely in the 2015 report: “Too many of us wait until we reach a health or financial crisis to plan for getting older,” Bell said. “We plan our careers, we plan to send our children to college, we plan our vacations, but we don’t plan to age. And yet the evidence is there that those who do accept they are going to get older, and make plans in advance, have a considerably better later life.” — Story and photo by Brandpoint

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Incurring the cost of building entrance and access ramps, widening entrances and doorways, adding a firstfloor bedroom and bath, and other structural accommodations may not be needed. Other options that add both convenience and safety don’t require major expenditures. Installing grab bars in baths and bedrooms to help with standing and balance, switching to lever-handled doorknobs, lowering electrical switches and raising electrical outlets are among the most frequently completed non-budget-busting projects, according to the 2015 “Aging in Place Survey Report” from HomeAdvisor. Replacing slippery tile or vinyl flooring with slip-resistant surfaces is also a must as falls are among the leading cause of injury to seniors.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Adequate lighting is an important health and safety consideration for seniors, since vision changes rapidly in later years. Universal design guidelines call for increasing both task lighting and general room illumination as we age. Research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests that natural light may be better for aging eyes than artificial light. The health benefits of natural light are well documented, from boosting your body’s ability to produce vitamin D to helping improve mood and fight seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Natural light also enhances virtually any decor, while helping reduce dependence on artificial light and lowering electricity bills. Open the curtains or blinds to light a path during daylight hours, and make sure well-placed overhead light fixtures or table lamps provide enough light when the sun begins to fade. Replacing light bulbs with a energy-efficient and more natural-looking light can also increase your visibility. Ask for advice at your local hardware store for the best and long-lasting light bulb for your needs.

INCREASE VENTILATION

Indoor air quality, according to an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, can be worse than the air outside your home, and many people spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to respiratory

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