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MISSION STATEMENT To promote professional remodeling through public awareness, education, and ethical business practices. 2012 REMODELERS COUNCIL Board of Directors Debra Speck, Chair Jade Enterprises, Inc., (505) 856-5233 remodelwithjade@gmail.com Jamie Baxter, Vice Chair, Education Co-Chair, Home Builders Care Liaison Bain Cochran Construction, LLC, (505) 281-4568 jbaxter@baincochran.com

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Stephanie Peterson, Advisor Builders Choice Painting, (505) 898-9180 speterson@builderschoicepainting.com Carla Wersonick, Professional Education Program Co-Chair, RMC Membership Chair Doc Savage Supply, (505) 884-2656 cwersonick@docsavagesupply.com Joe Rogillio, RMC Membership Co-Chair
 Builders Source Appliance Gallery, (505) 889-3001 joer@builderssource.com 
 Marc Coan, Excellence in Remodeling Chair Marc Coan Design, LLC, (505) 837-8888 mcoan@marccoandesigns.com Pete Kelley, Excellence in Remodeling Co-Chair Plasco Sales, (505) 242-9898 pete@plascosales.com Maria Colella, Meetings Chair Union Savings Bank, (505) 341-5240 mcolella@usbnm.com

Rob Hughes, Government Affairs Chair RMH General Contractor, Inc., (505) 620-1287 rmh_abq@rmhgeneralcontractor.com Lora Vassar, Green Build Council Liaison, Government Affairs Co-Chair ARCH Design, (505) 344-0002, lora@archdesignnm.com Barbara Szurek, Secretary Divine Kitchens & Baths By Barb, (505) 350-0677, barbckd@gmail.com Diana Lucero, Membership Liaison, Events Chair, Bowling Chair New Mexico Bank & Trust, (505) 830-8103 dlucero@nmb-t.com Norm Schreifels, Custom Builders Council Liaison Sun Mountain Construction, Inc., (505) 892-8855 norm@sunmtnconst.com Jenna Paulson, Bowling Co-Chair Jonco, Inc., (505) 821-7800 jenna@jonco-inc.com

The Remodelers Council Home Remodeling Guide is published by Bella Media in cooperation with the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico Remodelers Council © 2012. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. For publishing information, call (505) 983-1444. Editor: Samantha Schwirck, schwirck@santafean.com This 2012 Home Remodeling Guide was printed by American Web in Denver on SFI-certified paper. Papers used contain fiber from wellmanaged forests, meeting EPA guidelines that recommend a minimum 10% post-consumer recovered fiber for coated papers. Inks used contain a percentage of soy base. Our printer meets or exceeds all federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act standards.

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A foldaway glass door is the focal point of this addition/remodel by Diego Handcrafted Homes of Albuquerque. The space, which now features a kitchen, family room, game room, office, and deck, is perfect for entertaining. Photo by Mark William Photography.

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Chair’s Note In the heart of Albuquerque’s north I-25 business district, you will find a very busy office that is the home of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, also known as the HBA. There, inside a conference room, a steady stream of board and committee meetings are held for the many programs, events, and activities of the HBA. Homebuilders, remodelers, subcontractors, suppliers, and others in the home construction industry discuss, and take necessary action on, an endless stream of issues, from government affairs and community projects to ideas on how to improve the local homebuilding and remodeling industries. As a member since 1987, I have spent many hours in that room working on any number of issues that the HBA deals with. In particular, it is in this same room that members of the Remodelers Council, a subgroup of the association, create the contents for the pages in this guide. In this guide, you will find suggestions, ideas, pictures, and guidelines for the remodeling of your home. Important steps to take, like hiring licensed and insured professionals to help you avoid a remodeling nightmare, are fully explained. You will find new insights, from PNM and Gas Company of New Mexico, on how to save on energy costs by implementing green alternatives. In addition, pictures of award-winning projects and a list of Remodelers Council members will help jumpstart your remodeling plans. And there is so much more to the HBA. In addition to the Remodelers Council and the Custom Builders Council, the association is home to the Green Building Council and the Leading Builders Council, and it is the creator and organizing entity behind the Spring and Fall Homes of Enchantment Parades. No matter what your residential remodeling or construction needs, you can find answers at your local HBA, the trusted resource for its members and the consumer. Debra Speck Remodelers Council Chair


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We pledge to: Conduct our business operations in a manner that will reflect credit upon ourselves, the Remodelers Council, and the remodeling industry. Comply, both in spirit and letter, with rules and regulations prescribed by law and government agencies for the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Avoid using any statement or implication that may be misleading or deceptive. Accurately and honestly describe the price, materials, and standards of workmanship used in our jobs. Use only materials that are equal to or exceed the quality of those specified in the contract. Start the construction process as soon as feasible upon award of a contract and proceed diligently to completion of the project without unnecessary delays.

What the Remodelers Council Means to You The Remodelers Council (RMC) is an organization composed of licensed contractors, industry associates, service providers, suppliers, manufacturers, specialty tradespeople, financial institutions, designers, and many other professionals. We are a network of people who believe in integrity, quality materials and labor, and reliable customer service. Commitment to participating in continuing education and various levels of government affairs keeps us at the forefront of our industry. Fact: Membership is held to a strict code of ethics and we are committed to promoting excellence through our standards and actions. When you work with an RMC member, you are working with a remodeling business that believes in responsible construction and business practices. When someone applies for RMC membership, their information is verified with the New Mexico Construction Industries Division for proper licensing and insurance. Fact: Anyone engaged in general construction, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing-related projects in New Mexico must be licensed. Fact: Contracting without a license in New Mexico is against the law. Fact: If an accident occurs during your project and anyone is hurt, your remodeler must have sufficient worker’s compensation and general liability insurance, otherwise you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your property. The Home Builders Association reviews licensing and insurance before granting membership to the RMC. It also contacts client and business references. Many of our professional RMC members invest hours in educational classes about proper procedures to protect you and your family from life and property hazards such as lead paint, asbestos, and mold; implementation of current building codes; and availability of new products and options. After members take appropriate classes and pass associated tests, we are eligible to apply for certifications such as CGP (Certified Green Professional), CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist), CGR (Certified Graduate Remodeler), and CGA (Certified Graduate Associate). Fact: The National Association of Home Builders named one of our very own local members, Diana Lucero, Certified Graduate Associate of the Year for her successful efforts to raise awareness of the educational designation for suppliers and service providers. Way to go, Diana! The RMC hosts the Annual Bowling Tournament and the Home Builders Care program, both of which give back to our community. Fact: The 2011 event raised more than $10,000 for low-income families. Home Builders Care is another member volunteer opportunity with a mission to improve the community of Greater Albuquerque through restoration, consumer education, and environmental action. Fact: One of our Care projects is the annual Rio Grande Bosque Clean-Up. After a full day of removing tree sprouts from trails and thinning areas approved by the rangers, the green waste is taken to the zoo, where it becomes a tasty treat for the elephants. Our member-driven council is an organization of remodelers and associates who are dedicated to our industry. It is my pleasure to work alongside these talented individuals who encourage professional growth and the sharing of knowledge so that we may all strive for excellence. Instead of taking your chances and picking a company from the phone book, trust the RMC member directory to provide a list of remodelers and trade specialists who uphold the highest professional and ethical standards in the industry. For a list of RMC members, go to hbacnm.com or call (505) 344-3294.

Jamie Baxter, CGP RMC Vice Chair Bain Cochran Construction, LLC

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Excellence in Remodeling

GOLD SPONSOR The Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico conducts the annual Excellence in Remodeling Awards to recognize the design, craftsmanship, and skills of the residential remodelers in the greater Albuquerque area.

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all the ERA entries, our distinguished judges, and especially our sponsors. We are thrilled to present to you this year’s winners, who truly embody Excellence in Remodeling.

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Diego Handcrafted Homes Grand Award Winner and Additions, $400,000–$1 million These homeowners wanted a flexible space to grill and entertain year-round. They also wanted a sports pool, a hot tub, a fire pit, and a grass area where the kids could play, but the backyard was too small to accommodate all their needs. By incorporating the 21 x 10' folding glass door in the design of the space, we were able to meet the challenge and double their patio space.

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kitchen remodelS Harder Custom Builders Kitchen Remodel, Under $50,000 The objective of this remodel was to modernize the kitchen and increase storage and functionality within a limited budget. The owner wanted a warm contemporary-style kitchen with European-style cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, and decorative eye candy in the new kitchen.

Del Sol Builders and Marc Coan Designs Kitchen Remodel, $50,000–$70,000 Capitalizing on the light was just one of the goals for this North Valley kitchen remodel. The kitchen had many east windows, recessed lighting, and a large skylight, but the lighting was anything but adequate. The addition of more targeted, recessed can lighting and under-cabinet task lighting contributed to a brighter, charming workspace.

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Rizek Design & Remodeling Kitchen Remodel, $75,000–$100,000 This outdated kitchen was tucked into a corner of the home, hidden from the rest of the house, with a very narrow entrance. The homeowners wanted a modern design with an open floor plan and required that the kitchen have a harmonious flow with its adjoining rooms.

There’s No Place Like Home, LLC

Kitchen Remodel, over $100,000 In keeping with today’s trends, elongated floor tile, dark wood cabinets, Kodiak slab granite, natural stone with glass accents, touch on/off faucets, and ultra-high-end appliances all contribute to the bold transformation of this formerly worn-out and dated kitchen.

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Bathroom remodelS Del Sol Builders and Marc Coan Designs Bathroom Remodel, Under $35,000 The client’s ultimate goal was an affordable, beautifully designed bathroom that could be easily retrofitted in the future if and when needs change. This was successfully accomplished without sacrificing function or design.

O. L. Smith Contracting Bathroom Remodel, $35,000–$100,000 This baby boomer couple built their house 16 years ago with the goal of retiring in the home, but as they approach retirement their needs have outgrown the space. The contractor, designer, and homeowners all worked together to achieve a master en suite with practical aging-in-place components and a spa-like feeling.

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BATHROOM remodelS There’s No Place Like Home, LLC

Bathroom Remodel, $35,000–$100,000 2nd Place Winner This bathroom incorporates the best of old and new. Utilizing today’s energy-efficient products, low-flow showerheads, a dual-flush toilet, and LED lighting, the space is friendly to both the environment and the eyes.

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Comprehensive REMODELS E & E Enterprises and ARCH Design

Comprehensive Remodel, under $100,000 This comprehensive remodel of one level of an existing trilevel home was designed and built to provide comfort, safety, and accessibility for its senior citizen owner. Beyond that, it needed to accommodate her underserved storage needs, all within a luxurious and well-appointed setting.

Jade Enterprises

Comprehensive Remodel, $100,000–$200,000 This was a dream remodel project because the mom and children left the country during the majority of the project while the dad stayed to make decisions and even help out along the way. The beautiful new kitchen is pleasing and functional and the views are breathtaking.

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Comprehensive Remodel, $200,000–$400,000 The homeowners’ goal was a dramatic transformation to the front of their house during the final leg of their homeremodeling tour. Terra-cotta clay roof tiles and pre-cast concrete parapet coping installed at different elevations help manage the different depths and elevations in the design. By modernizing the curb appeal of their Mediterranean bungalow-style home, it now reflects all the beautiful spaces they created inside.

Pennington Builders Comprehensive Remodel, over $1 million Through innovative design and construction, we completely remodeled a difficult old house and created open, attractive, and functional living spaces inside and out. Features include a new three-car garage, a master bath with steam shower, a spacious kitchen, an outdoor cooking and entertaining area, and state-of-the-art geothermal and solar energy systems.

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Additions Harder Custom Builders Additions, under $100,000 The owner’s objective was to update the interior of the home, change the exterior style of the home, add square footage to one bedroom, and add storage space to the garage.

Rizek Design & Remodeling Additions, $100,000–$200,000 This homeowner was looking to add on a guest room suite and ended up with Holiday Inn on the Bosque. Incredible views of the bosque filter through the massive window wall, while a steel walkout deck invites you outside to appreciate the cool New Mexico mornings.

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Additions, $200,000–$400,000 (tie) The homeowners’ ultimate goal was a dramatic transformation to the front of their house during the final leg of their home-remodeling tour. Terra-cotta clay roof tiles and pre-cast concrete parapet coping installed at different elevations help manage the different depths and elevations in the design. By modernizing the curb appeal of their Mediterranean bungalow-style home, it now reflects all the beautiful spaces they created inside.

There’s No Place Like Home, LLC

Additions, $200,000–$400,000 (tie) After numerous design concepts and many hours of family discussion, 400 additional square feet would be necessary to accommodate all six family members in the kitchen at any given time. The complete relocation of the kitchen opened up the space, providing continuity between all the adjoining rooms.

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Interior Special Feature The special feature here is the homeowners’ stained glass window, which they wanted incorporated into the kitchen remodel. The stained glass was placed behind the Wolf range to anchor the kitchen, while the handcrafted granite sink and handblown glass pendant light polish off the design.

Jade Enterprises

Outdoor Recreation and Landscape This beautiful home had a south-facing patio that the homeowner never used due to the summer heat and sun, and the existing wood deck was deteriorating after 25 years of weather exposure. The entry was remodeled with new concrete steps, a laborintensive flagstone walkway, a retractable shade structure, and accent features.

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Choosing a Remodeling Contractor b y J a mi e B a x t e r

Remodeling a home can be exciting and scary at the same time. While anticipating the success of your completed project, you may also have fears about making the right choices. To avoid nightmares, here are some ideas our industry professionals suggest you consider when you choose a remodeling contractor. First, remember that you are paying for two things: the finished product and quality service. Quality service can mean the difference between heartache and a satisfying experience. Remodelers committed to great service will emphasize open communication, and they will provide— right up front—a written contract, a realistic project timeframe and budget, and complete warranty information. You may be thinking, “Of course I would expect that kind of service!” But would you change your mind if you found out that contractors who provide it can be more expensive than those who do not? Professional remodelers who are committed to being in business for you and their other clients 10 years from now know that providing superior customer service—which involves buying the right equipment, maintaining strong relationships with trade specialists, and meeting legal and safety codes— is more important than providing the lowest estimate. Choose your remodeler carefully. Remember, these people will be Nat ion a l & L o c a l awa r d w i n ner | d e s ig n•bu i l d

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spending time in your home, around your family and personal items, for weeks or even months. While project cost is important, if it is your only focus you will likely find yourself faced with headaches and problems in the short run and spending additional money in the long run. What other elements should you look for when choosing a remodeler? Make sure your remodeler is licensed and insured. Construction in New Mexico is regulated, and remodelers are required to be licensed, carry liability insurance and worker’s compensation, and be bonded. Any professional in our industry can provide proof of this information; don’t hesitate to ask in order to be sure you’re considering someone who cares about abiding by local and federal laws that protect everyone’s safety and the integrity of your project. Ask for more than one bid. Talk with several different companies and ask for written estimates from each of them before you make a final choice. To obtain accurate comparisons, present each remodeler with the same list of requirements. Include your top priorities and concerns about the project, and make your list after consulting with other members of your household if appropriate. While some contractors may suggest different structural or finish elements for the project, at least they will have all started with the same project requests. Ask for details in writing. A professional remodeler will provide cost estimates in writing, along with any necessary drawings and details about brands and finishes on items like plumbing and electrical fixtures, countertops, cabinets,


flooring, and appliances. Carefully evaluate the estimates you receive. Have the remodelers listened to your needs? Are they presenting you with ideas for staying within your budget? If each company is proposing a similar project, is there a price difference—and if so, why? Is there a contingency for the unknown included in the estimate? Also consider the remodeler’s responsiveness and level of communication. If dialogue and access to the remodeler are lacking before the project starts, it is unlikely they will improve— which can lead to a stressful and compromised project. Talk to past clients. Ask your potential remodeler for a list of references and then contact at least a few of them. Discuss specifics about their experience, such as: •• How was the customer service? •• How did the remodeler respond to any problems during the project and to warranty issues? •• Was the remodeling site clean, and did the remodelers demonstrate respect for the space? •• Was there a good relationship among the members of the remodeling team? •• Was the billing what was agreed to in the contract? Were change orders presented before any work was done that was not specified in the contract? •• How satisfied was the client with the overall craftsmanship? Remember, remodeling can and should be fun! If a professional remodeling project is your goal, do your homework ahead of time to make sure you hire a qualified, professional remodeler who will provide the best finished product and the highest quality service within your budget.. Jamie Baxter, CGP, of Bain Cochran Construction, LLC, is vice chair of the Remodelers Council.


Save Energy, Save Money! Make Your Home Greener and Watch Your Savings Rise by Robin R. Harder The typical homeowner has three utility bills: one for electricity, one for natural gas, and one for water. Together, these services can add up to a homeowner’s second-largest monthly expense (mortgage or rent being the first). Would you like to reduce these expenses, make your home greener, and perhaps receive a rebate for doing so? You can remodel to meet ENERGY STAR®, Build Green New Mexico, or U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification standards. You can also choose to simply incorporate some of the following tips.

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On average, 29 percent of the energy you consume is used to heat your home. If you have a gas furnace, do you know its AFUE? The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) indicates how much of the gas a furnace takes in is actually used to heat your home and how much is wasted. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace. If a furnace has a 78 percent AFUE, for every $0.78 used to heat your home, $0.22 is wasted as it goes up the flue. Furnaces made before 1970 were about 60 percent efficient, while today’s best models come in at around 96 percent. Maybe it’s time to upgrade! For more information, visit energystar.gov.

Did you know the average PNM residential customer uses 22 percent of their monthly electricity to power computers, televisions, game consoles, digital video recorders (DVRs), and music-related equipment? Your entertainment devices use more energy than your refrigerator or air cooling system— and almost as much as all the lighting in your home.

Natural Gas­–Saving Tips •• Reduce the temperature of your water heater. •• Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes. •• Clean your dryer’s lint trap to improve efficiency and save gas. •• Maintain your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment and change filters regularly. •• Install a programmable thermostat. •• Replace old faucets, hot water heaters, and furnaces with newer, more efficient models. Financial Incentives Offered by New Mexico Gas Company New Mexico Gas Company offers financial incentives ® to customers who build ENERGY STAR ­­–approved homes and install high-efficiency equipment such as furnaces, water heaters, and low-flow showerheads. For a complete list of energy-efficiency rebates offered by New Mexico Gas Company, visit nmgco.com.

More money-saving incentives The State of New Mexico offers tax credits for geothermal heat pumps, Build Green New Mexico homes, and LEED Silver-level homes. For details, see cleanenergynm.org. Federal tax credits are available for geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, solar systems, and fuel cells. For information, see energystar.org/taxcredit.

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Where does my electricity go each month? Lighting Entertainment and computers Refrigerators Air conditioning Other appliances Miscellaneous

22.7 % 21.9 % 17.5 % 13 % 13.1 % 11.8 %

Based on electricity usage patterns of a typical PNM residential customer.

Electricity-Saving Tips •• Unplug equipment you are not actively using. (Even when turned off, electronics still draw a small amount of power known as “phantom energy.”) Power strips can make this easier. •• A game console left on all day, every day, can cost almost $8 per month in electricity. Turn it off half the time and save half the energy. •• A desktop computer left on 24/7 can use almost $8 per month in electricity. Turn your computer off or use sleep mode to automatically power down when not in use. •• If you have central refrigerated air conditioning, set your thermostat as high as is comfortable for you. Refrigerated air can use more than twice the energy of a refrigerator. •• Replace old electric applicances with new, more efficient ® ENERGY STAR –approved ones. Financial Incentives Offered by PNM (Electricity) •• Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs and use about 75 percent less energy. PNM offers discounts at stores across the state; visit pnm.com/cfl for a list of retailers.


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WATER WATER The efficiency of your shower faucets, toilets, and washing machines can have a major impact on the amount of water you use. Here’s how the average family’s monthly water use breaks down.

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Water-Saving Tips •• Periodically check faucets, pipes, and toilets for leaks. A drippy faucet can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day, 105 gallons per week, or 5,475 gallons per year. •• Install water-saving low-flow shower heads—those that deliver 2.5 gallons of water per minute or less. (Older shower heads use 5 to 7 gallons of water per minute.) •• Take shorter showers or take a bath. •• Install a 1.6 gallon low-flow toilet. Low-flow toilets can cut indoor water use up to 20 percent. Older toilets use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. •• Install high-efficiency, low-flow faucet aerators—cut your water use from 3 to 7 gallons per minutes to 1.5 gallons per minute. •• Turning off water while shaving, brushing teeth, etc., will save 3 to 5 gallons per minute. •• Purchase a high-efficiency washing machine­—high

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efficiency washers use approximately 25 gallons per load versus 40 to 50 gallons per load for older machines. Financial Incentives Offered by Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority Rebates for each of these programs are offered on a first come, first served basis. Each is designed to offer incentives through 2012 but may expire if allocated funds run out before the end of the year. All rebates will be applied as a credit to your water bill. For more information, visit abcwua.org. •• Receive a $150 rebate by replacing old high-flow toilets (more than 1.6 gallons per flush) with high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallon per flush). •• Receive a $10 rebate by replacing your existing showerhead with a Water Sense approved showerhead. •• Receive a $50 rebate by replacing low-flow toilets (1.6 gallons per flush) to high efficiency (1.28 gallon per flush). •• Receive a $75 rebate by converting urinals to one-pint or waterless models. •• Receive a $100 rebate by purchasing a high-efficiency washing machine. •• Receive a free residential water audit for your home or apartment. This audit includes a review of water use patterns and a leak check, plus free installation of high-efficiency devices when existing fixtures are less efficient (2.5 gallonper-minute shower heads, high-efficiency faucet aerators, auto-shutoff hose nozzles). Call 505-888-1722 to schedule a time. •• Rebates are available to install water-saving sprinklers, rain sensors, and rain barrels, and to rent equipment to remove grass.

For more energy-saving information Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority abcwua.org Energy Star® energystar.gov New Mexico Gas Company nmgco.com PNM pnm.com State of New Mexico Clean Energy Tax Credit Incentives cleanenergynm.org U.S. Federal Tax Credits energystar.gov/taxcredit dsireusa.org

Robin R. Harder is a Sr. Associate with ICF International and Account Manager for PNM and New Mexico Gas Company ENERGY STAR® Homes Program.

Statistics in this story were provided by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, EnergY STAR®, New Mexico Gas Company, and PNM.

•• PNM will pay you to recycle your old refrigerator (new ones use less energy and result in lower electricity costs). For details, visit pnm.com/fridge. •• With the Power Saver Program, PNM will pay you $25 annually for each participating refrigerated air conditioner in your home. You continue to control your thermostat; however, on selected summer weekday afternoons, when electricity demand soars, your air conditioning unit is automatically put into a conservation mode. Although the temperature in your home may rise a few degrees, most customers report they don’t notice the change in temperature. See pnmpowersaver.com for more information.


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E & E ENTERPRISES, INC. Ed Gray (505) 344-0002 eedesignbuild.com

ARCH DESIGN Lora Vassar, CAPS, CGP (505) 344-0002 archdesignnm.com

EAGLE EYE CONTRACTING, LLC Sue Hansen Putze (505) 298-4227 eagleeyecontracting.org

BAIN COCHRAN CONSTRUCTION, LLC Janet Cochran, CAPS (505) 281-4568 baincochran.com BLUEHER ABODES, LTD. John Blueher (505) 450‑2398 blueherabodesltd.com

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JADE ENTERPRISES, INC. Jeff Speck, CGR, CGP (505) 856‑5233 jadeenterprises.com KDS HOMES, LLC Kevin Emmons, CGP (505) 980-3554 kdshomesandrealty.com LEE MICHAEL HOMES Alexa Knight (505) 299-1500 leemichaelhomes.com LOWE-BO HOMES Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555 lowe-bohomes.com MODULUS DESIGN Christian Harper (505) 842-0354 modulusdesign.com MORE BROS. CONSTRUCTION, INC. Kyle Tidmore (505) 837-2955 morebrothers.com NEW HAVEN HOMES, INC. Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476 mynewhaven.com

O. L. SMITH CONTRACTING, LLC Otley Smith, CGP (505) 480-4141 olsmithcontracting.com PAUL DAVIS RESTORATION & REMODELING OF NM, INC. Kim Briggs (505) 884-5583 pdrestoration.com PENNINGTON BUILDERS Bob Pennington (505) 260-1554 penningtonbuilders.com REFORMATION CONSTRUCTION Mike Briggs (505) 877-5128 RICH BUILT, INC. Michael Richards, CGR, CAPS, CGP (505) 269-9262 richbuilt.com RIZEK DESIGN & REMODELING Tim Rizek, Engr., CGR (505) 897‑8107 rizekdesignremodeling.com RMH GENERAL CONTRACTOR, INC. Robert Hughes, CGR, CGP, CAPS (505) 620‑1287 rmhgeneralcontractor.com SEMONES & SON CONSTRUCTION Rick Semones (505) 263-3113 SPENSLEY CONSTRUCTION CORP. Steve Spensley, CGR, CGP (505) 344-1321


SUN MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTION, INC. Norm Schreifels, CGP (505) 892-8855 sunmtnconst.com SYNERGY BUILDERS, LLC Troy Howard (505) 220-9354 synergybuildersnm.com THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, LLC Dominic Padilla (505) 401-9324 theresnoplacelikehomellc.com

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS HOME CONSTRUCTION & CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC David Langham, CAPS, CGP, CGB (505) 238-7678 abqbuilder.com LEE MICHAEL HOMES Alexa Knight (505) 299-1500 leemichaelhomes.com

PROSPECT MORTGAGE Cathye Avants (505) 299-2840 UNION SAVINGS BANK Maria Colella, CGP (505) 341-5240 usbnm.com

BUILDING MATERIALS BENCHMARK WOOD FLOORS, INC. (Green) Bruce Smith (505) 292-3238 benchmarkwoodfloors.com

WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP Bill Stewart (505) 362-4315

BUILDOLOGY Diana Huerta (505) 344-6626 buildology.net

WELLS FARGO INSURANCE SERVICES USA, INC. Shane Neal (505) 938-1922

DUNN-EDWARDS PAINT Steve Wahl (505) 292-1292 dunnedwards.com

BRICK, TILE & MASONRY SUPPLIERS

EL REY STUCCO—PAREX USA (Green) Bret McClanahan, CGP (505) 873‑1180 parexusa.com

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BUILDERS SOURCE APPLIANCE GALLERY Joe Rogillio (505) 889-3001 builderssource.com

CHAPARRAL MATERIALS, INC. Skip Hess (505) 771-7700 chaparralmaterials.com

FERGUSON ENTERPRISES Derick Holman (505) 345-9001 ferguson.com

KINNEY BRICK COMPANY Gary White (505) 877‑4550 kinneybrick.com

HANKS HOUSE, LLC Ronald Hanks (505) 766-9896 hankshousedesign.com

RICCOBENE MASONRY COMPANY, INC. Merlyn Nyght (505) 345-2601 riccobene.com

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AESOP’S GABLES Tammy Marksberry (505) 275-1804 aesopsgables.com BRITWOODS REMODELING Simon Ansell (505) 321‑0936 DAVIS KITCHENS Steve King, CGR, CGP, CAPS, CKBR (505) 292‑4800 daviskitchens.com DEL SOL BUILDERS, INC. Steven Shain (505) 450-9392 delsolbuilds.com ERNEST THOMPSON FURNITURE & CABINETS
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 Mike Godwin (505) 344-1994 ernestthompson.com JADE ENTERPRISES, INC. Jeff Speck, CGR, CGP (505) 856‑5233 jadeenterprises.com MARC COAN DESIGNS, LLC Marc Coan, CAPS (505) 837-8888 marccoandesigns.com SANTA FE CUSTOM WORKS, LLC Cindy Mauchly (505) 344-2551 sfcustomworks.com

COUNTERTOPS/MARBLE/ STONE/TILE AESOP’S GABLES Tammy Marksberry (505) 275-1804 aesopsgables.com DAVIS KITCHENS Steve King, CGR, CGP, CAPS, CKBR (505) 292‑4800 daviskitchens.com FORM‑COVE MANUFACTURING, INC. Harry Duray (505) 298-5410 form-cove.com J’S WAY SERVICES Gerald Hudson (505) 830-2404 jsway.com PLASCO SALES Peter Kelley, CAPS (505) 242-9898 plascosales.com ROCKY MOUNTAIN STONE CO. Scott Lardner (505) 345-8518 rmstone.com TOM SAWYER ENTERPRISES Peter Sims (505) 898-1007 tomsawyerenterprisesInc.com UNITED STONEWORKS Mary McGarrity, CAPS, CGP (505) 821-7625 (ROCK) unitedstoneworks.us

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DECORATING & INTERIOR DESIGN BUILDERS CHOICE PAINTING Stephanie Peterson, CAPS (505) 898-9180 builderschoicepainting.com

DOORS/WINDOWS/SKYLIGHTS BAIN COCHRAN CONSTRUCTION, LLC Janet Cochran, CAPS (505) 281-4568 baincochran.com

WESTERN BUILDING SUPPLY Nick Salas (505) 823‑2500 westernbuildingsupply.com

BENCHMARK WOOD FLOORS, INC. Bruce Smith (505) 292-3238 benchmarkwoodfloors.com

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BUILDERS-MATERIALS, INC. Zane Jarrett (505) 247‑4294 buildersmaterials.com

NEW HAVEN HOMES, INC. Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476 mynewhaven.com

FIREPLACE/WOOD STOVES

BRITWOODS REMODELING Simon Ansell (505) 321‑0936

BUILDERS-MATERIALS, INC. Zane Jarrett (505) 247‑4294 buildersmaterials.com

EAGLE EYE CONTRACTING, LLC Sue Hansen Putze (505) 298-4227 eagleeyecontracting.org

FOUR SEASONS HOME PRODUCTS Scooter Sherwood (505) 881-1719 sw.fourseasonssunrooms.com

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KINNEY BRICK COMPANY Gary White (505) 877‑4550 kinneybrick.com

GLASS RITE Bill Hoberg (505) 764-9899 glassrite.com

WESTERN BUILDING SUPPLY Nick Salas (505) 823‑2500 westernbuildingsupply.com

MARVIN DESIGN GALLERY by SOLAR GLASS (505) 988-2001 solarglass.com PINON WINDOW & DOOR, INC. Michael Maccini (505) 897‑9985 pinonwindow.com REFORMATION CONSTRUCTION Mike Briggs (505) 877-5128

FLOORING ANNEX GENERAL CONTRACTING & DESIGN, INC. Kevin Evans, CGR (505) 345-2978 annexgeneralcontracting.com

FLOORING DIRECT WHOLESALE, INC. Mary Romero (505) 344-4064 FLOORSCAPES Bill Burrell (505) 857-0438 floorscapesnm.com J’S WAY SERVICES Gerald Hudson (505) 830-2404 jsway.com O. L. SMITH CONTRACTING, LLC Otley Smith, CGP (505) 480-4141 olsmithcontracting.com PROSOURCE Jason Jones (505) 761-4076 prosourcefloors.com SYNERGY BUILDERS, LLC Troy Howard (505) 220-9354 synergybuildersnm.com

GARAGE DOORS WESTERN BUILDING SUPPLY Nick Salas (505) 823‑2500 westernbuildingsupply.com

RMH GENERAL CONTRACTOR, INC. Rob Hughes, CGR, CGP, CAPS (505) 620‑1287 rmhgeneralcontractor.com SIERRA PACIFIC WINDOWS Andrea White, CGP (505) 797-7880 sierrapacificwindows.com SPENSLEY CONSTRUCTION CORP. Steve Spensley, CGR, CGP (505) 344-1321

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GLASS & MIRRORS PLASCO SALES Peter Kelley, CAPS (505) 242-9898 plascosales.com

GUTTERS/SIDING ABC SEAMLESS Jack Keohane (505) 268‑6433 abcseamless-nm.com

HEATING/COOLING/ VENTILATION DOC SAVAGE SUPPLY Carla Wersonick, CAPS (505) 884-2656 docsavagesupply.com TLC PLUMBING & UTILITY Tracy Johnson (505) 761-9696 tlcplumbing.com

INSULATION MILLER’S INSULATION & FIREPROOFING, INC. Jeannine Miller (505) 924-2214 millersinsulation.com

INSURANCE AGENCIES HUB INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. Daren Lewis (505) 828-4162 hubinternational.com

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WELLS FARGO INSURANCE SERVICES USA, INC. Shane Neal (505) 938-1922 WESTERN ASSURANCE Rick Lackey (505) 944-8418

KITCHEN/BATH DESIGN ANNEX GENERAL CONTRACTING & DESIGN, INC. Kevin Evans, CGR (505) 345-2978 annexgeneralcontracting.com ARCH DESIGN Lora Vassar, CAPS, CGP (505) 344-0002 archdesignnm.com BAIN COCHRAN CONSTRUCTION, LLC Janet Cochran, CAPS (505) 281-4568 baincochran.com CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC Scot Shapiro, CAPS, CGR (505) 256-7311 creativeconstructionco.net DAVIS KITCHENS Steve King, CGR, CGP, CAPS, CKBR (505) 292‑4800 daviskitchens.com DEL SOL BUILDERS, INC. Steven Shain (505) 450-9392 delsolbuilds.com DIEGO HANDCRAFTED HOMES, LLC Diego Ruiz (505) 573-8888 diegohandcraftedhomes.com

DIVERSIFIED UNLIMITED, LLC Tony Metoyer, Jr. (505) 861-5037 DIVINE KITCHENS & BATHS BY BARB Barb Szurek, CKD, CKBR, CAPS (505) 350-0677 E & E ENTERPRISES, INC. Ed Gray (505) 344-0002 eedesignbuild.com EAGLE EYE CONTRACTING, LLC Sue Hansen Putze (505) 298-4227 eagleeyecontracting.org ERNEST THOMPSON FURNITURE & CABINETS
 Mike Godwin (505) 344-1994 ernestthompson.com FERGUSON ENTERPRISES Derick Holman (505) 345-9001 ferguson.com FORM‑COVE MANUFACTURING, INC. Harry Duray (505) 298-5410 form-cove.com HANKS HOUSE, LLC Ronald Hanks (505) 766-9896 hankshousedesign.com HOME CONSTRUCTION & CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC David Langham, CAPS, CGP, CGB (505) 238-7678 abqbuilder.com JADE ENTERPRISES, INC. Jeff Speck, CGR, CGP (505) 856‑5233 jadeenterprises.com LEE MICHAEL HOMES Alexa Knight (505) 299-1500 leemichaelhomes.com LOWE-BO HOMES Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555 lowe-bohomes.com

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MARC COAN DESIGNS, LLC Marc Coan, CAPS (505) 837-8888 marccoandesigns.com

UNITED STONEWORKS Mary McGarrity, CAPS, CGP (505) 821-7625 (ROCK) unitedstoneworks.us

DUNN-EDWARDS PAINT Steve Wahl (505) 292-1292 dunnedwards.com

MODULUS DESIGN Christian Harper (505) 842-0354 modulusdesign.com

LANDSCAPING/IRRIGATION/ WATER HARVESTING

MIKE’S QUALITY PAINTING Miriam Freeman (505) 508-5342 mikesqualitypainting.com

MORE BROS. CONSTRUCTION, INC. Kyle Tidmore (505) 837-2955 morebrothers.com NEW HAVEN HOMES, INC. Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476 mynewhaven.com O. L. SMITH CONTRACTING, LLC Otley Smith, CGP (505) 480-4141 olsmithcontracting.com PAUL DAVIS RESTORATION & REMODELING Kim Briggs (505) 884-5583 pdrestoration.com PENNINGTON BUILDERS Bob Pennington (505) 260-1554 penningtonbuilders.com RIZEK DESIGN & REMODELING Tim Rizek, Engr., CGR (505) 897‑8107 rizekdesignremodeling.com RMH GENERAL CONTRACTOR, INC. Robert Hughes, CGR, CGP, CAPS (505) 620‑1287 rmhgeneralcontractor.com

BUILDOLOGY Diana Huerta (505) 344-6626 buildology.net RICCOBENE MASONRY COMPANY, INC. Merlyn Nyght (505) 345-2601 riccobene.com ROCKY MOUNTAIN STONE CO. Scott Lardner (505) 345-8518 rmstone.com

LEGAL SERVICES LAW OFFICE OF GEORGE DAVE GIDDENS, P. C. Jeanne Malone (505) 271-1053

MOLDINGS & TRIM WOOD MOULDING SPECIALTIES, INC. Kevin Avants (505) 897-2997 woodmouldingspecialties.com

PATIO & PATIO COVERS ABC SEAMLESS Jack Keohane (505) 268‑6433 abcseamless-nm.com ARCH DESIGN Lora Vassar, CAPS, CGP (505) 344-0002 archdesignnm.com CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC Scot Shapiro, CAPS, CGR (505) 256-7311 creativeconstructionco.net DIVERSIFIED UNLIMITED, LLC Tony Metoyer, Jr. (505) 861-5037 E & E ENTERPRISES, INC. Ed Gray (505) 344-0002 eedesignbuild.com

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KDS HOMES, LLC Kevin Emmons, CGP (505) 980-3554 kdshomesandrealty.com

BUILDERS CHOICE PAINTING Stephanie Peterson, CAPS (505) 898-9180 builderschoicepainting.com

RICCOBENE MASONRY COMPANY, INC. Merlyn Nyght (505) 345-2601 riccobene.com

SPENSLEY CONSTRUCTION CORP. Steve Spensley, CGR, CGP (505) 344-1321 THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, LLC Dominic Padilla (505) 401-9324 theresnoplacelikehomellc.com TOM SAWYER ENTERPRISES Peter Sims (505) 898-1007 tomsawyerenterprisesInc.com

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Remodeling Green by Lora Vassar The average American home is about 40 years old and consumes an excessive portion of our national energy. Because conservation of energy and material resources will affect future generations, it only makes sense to take advantage of the new technologies and products available today and remodel with efficiency in mind. Hiring an educated and reliable professional to help you sort through the millions of product choices, design elements, and incentives available is one of the first critical steps on the path to green remodeling success. With your wallet, your health, and the planet’s well-being in mind, here are a few other things to consider about green remodeling. Financial Incentives. Incentives for incorporating green technology and products into your remodeling project may be offered at the local, state, and federal levels. Visit dsireusa.org to see what’s available. (Also see our rebates and incentives story on page 20.) New Mexico’s Sustainable Energy Building Tax Credit program, for example, offers homeowners tax credit based on their home’s energy efficiency as measured by third-party organizations. To qualify, a home must be built or remodeled to meet the National Association of Home Builders Build Green New Mexico standards or the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification standards. Whether you’re going all out or implementing incremental improvements, third-party verification also opens up a great window to discover how well your house is performing and what issues have been left undiscovered. Home Energy Audits. If you’re really serious about improving your home’s energy usage, the best place to start is with a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater or Building Performance Industry (BPI) expert. These professionals use all sorts of equipment, training, and

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systems to gauge how your home performs in terms of energy usage, so you can address areas that fall short when you plan your remodel. These experts can help with air quality issues too— important to consider because the interaction of your home’s operating systems can impact the health of its occupants. Proper ventilation and equipment is mandatory as we build more air-tight, energy-efficient houses, and a professional can help you avoid the pitfalls and dangers. You don’t want to create a hazardous situation by improperly sealing up a house and its toxic combustible elements with its occupants. The Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico can help you find a qualified home energy expert. Life Cycle Analysis. When choosing a new product for your home, consider its lifetime environmental impact. A life-cycle analysis is used to assess a product’s total impact—from the methods and resources used in creating, shipping, and installing the product to its energy use and eventual disposal. Companies are also focusing on how products perform and interact. People are beginning to understand that buying local saves energy, and concern with a product’s durability and biodegradability is helping to shift our society’s “disposable” mindset to one that focuses on longterm environmental health. Products for homes continue to evolve and improve every day. Work with a Professional. A passionate, certified, and professional remodeler is focused on staying on top of all these green-building issues and more. These individuals devote their time, money, and lives to educating themselves to better serve you, their clients. They are affiliated with trusted resources and organizations, like the HBA. Take advantage of their expertise to see how they can benefit and amaze you! Lora Vassar, owner of ARCH Design, is the co-chair of government affairs for the Remodelers Council and the Green Build Council Chair.


NAHB Identifies Top Counties for Residential Remodeling Los Angeles County, California, leads the nation in total county remodeling expenditures per year at $8.4 billion, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Meanwhile, regarding remodeling dollars spent per household, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, ranks highest, with a yearly average of $8,520. “Residential remodeling is one of the housing industry’s bright spots, and in some parts of the country this is more true now than ever,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman George “Geep” Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS, GMR and owner/president of Moore-Built Construction & Restoration, Inc. in Elm Grove, Louisiana. “The level of remodeling activity varies by region and town, but home owners throughout the country are increasingly choosing to renovate their homes or build additions to meet their changing lifestyles.” While the average value across all counties nationwide for total remodeling expenditures per year is $66 million, the following is a breakdown of top counties by region: •• West: Los Angeles County, California, $8.4 billion •• Midwest: Cook County, Illinois, $4 billion •• Northeast: Nassau County, New York, $1.9 billion •• South: Miami-Dade County, Florida, $1.7 billion The average amount spent on remodeling projects per household nationwide is $1,907. The top counties by region for remodeling spending per home are as follows: •• Northeast: Nantucket County, Massachusetts, $8,520 •• West: Marin County, California, $7,782 •• South: Falls Church City, Virginia, $6,099 •• Midwest: Cook County, Illinois, $3,466

“Nationally, we’re forecasting a continued increase in the demand for residential repairs and improvements,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Based on our analysis of the remodeling spending numbers, we are able to identify areas of the country where our members can take advantage of this growing opportunity. The county estimates also include useful information on the local conditions that influence remodeling spending—particularly the number, age, and value of owner-occupied homes.” The NAHB model uses data from the American Housing Survey—which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau—to estimate local remodeling based on home and homeowner characteristics. It is then applied to the information on every county’s homes and homeowners that the Census Bureau released late last year from its American Community Survey. A list of the top five counties for remodeling spending and average remodeling spending per home in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West regions is available at nahb.org/topremodelingcounties. To search all counties, visit nahb.org/countydata.

For more information about remodeling, visit nahb.org/remodel.


The Abbreviations Stand for Excellence Education is at the very core of the National Association of Home Builders’ mission. As a local affiliate of NAHB, the Remodelers Council of Central New Mexico is committed to providing professional learning opportunities so that our members are able to continuously improve technical and business skills. After the appropriate courses are taken, we can earn designations from NAHB. Here are some examples and brief descriptions. Some of these advanced designations require additional courses. Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (CAPS) The CAPS designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to the agingin-place consumer. Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation. Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) Learn about the home building business from the best source possible: builders and remodelers with years of field experience. Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) CGB is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business and project management skills. Certified Green Professional (CGP) The CGP program teaches builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes. 2012 Home Remodeling Guide

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Lead Paint: What You Need to Know b y Lora Vassar

Two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rules went into effect on the national level. The average consumer remains unaware of the new regulations, despite an extensive media campaign. In fact, recent research indicates that fewer than 10 percent of homeowners are aware of these guidelines and how they affect remodeling activities. The Hazards of Lead Paint Lead was an ingredient in some house paints manufactured before 1978, when it was outlawed. If your home was built after 1978, chances are good that no lead paint was used in it. Lead paint is a far less common problem in New Mexico than it is in some East Coast cities, but we have found some lead contaminants in older New Mexico homes, on windows, molding, and sometimes in the glazing of old tiles manufactured in Mexico. The only way to be certain no lead exists is to perform a lead test as recommended by the EPA guidelines. Properly trained remodeling contractors are qualified to perform this test. As with asbestos, lead paint is mainly dangerous when it is disturbed— when demolition occurs and the particulates become airborne. These airborne particulates can be inhaled and adhere to clothing, creating an unhealthy situation for home inhabitants and construction workers and their families. Research has shown that lead exposure is a real and longlasting health hazard, especially for children under six and pregnant women. Exposure can cause brain and central nervous system damage, behavioral problems, and reduced I.Q. RRP Guidelines from the EPA The law requires all contractors to pass out the RRP pamphlet to every home they visit, regardless of the age of the home. Contractors are also required to


For more information Protect your family from the hazards of lead paint by understanding what’s at risk and how to minimize the issues. Visit epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) for more information.

show clients proof that they are certified by the EPA in lead paint containment procedures. If your contractor does not have proof of this certification, there may be other risks associated with this individual and you’d be wise to move on. A qualified contractor is trained to conduct tests for the presence of lead paint in your home. The law states that if the presence of lead is indicated, RRP guidelines must be followed for safety. Of course, all these provisions and guidelines have an unavoidable associated cost and added time factor for projects. Homeowners used to be able to take advantage of an optout condition that allowed contractors to forego the provisions if children under six or pregnant women did not live in the home. This clause is currently under discussion in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and may be restored to allow homeowners to choose whether or not to follow these guidelines.

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The Evolution of Home Design b y Alexa Knight

The way we live today and our demands and expectations from our home environments are drastically different than they were just 10 years ago. Winston Churchill said, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape our lives.” Our homes are our private spaces, where we nurture our family and feel protected from the outside world—where we feel safe, where we create our dreams and inner peace, and where we find privacy, intimacy, and comfort. The design of our homes affects our physical being and our state of well-being. Today’s home buyer is taking control of their environment to enhance their lives and the lives of their family by demanding better and healthier ways of living. Experienced builders are putting more emphasis on building homes with universal design features, and they are also increasingly conscious of the products they select in relation to the environment. Universal design evaluates and incorporates lifestyle changes that allow individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to live in a home that better supports their personal and ever-changing needs. This new standard in housing is gaining momentum and recognition daily. In my view, there are several factors related to this evolution of home design: •• Quality of life is the predominant force guiding lifestyle decisions. •• One in four adults are 50 years or older, and those in the 85 or older age group are the fastest-growing segment of the population. •• Most people want to age in their homes, rather than in an institution. •• The typical homeowner has a hectic schedule that requires convenient, timesaving, and efficient features in his or her home that will allow greater ease, comfort, and security. •• The average person can expect to experience a disability at some point in his or her life. •• Chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and the need to take certain prescribed or non-prescribed medications have no age boundaries. •• Multigenerational family living is a strong trend these days, and adult children are living at home longer for economic reasons.

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The term “universal design” was coined by the architect Ronald L. Mace to describe “the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.” Universal design features provide a higher level of comfort and increased safety. All members of a household can benefit from changes made using universal design features.


Some of these changes include: •• sloped or roll-in entries to homes and garages •• one-story living plans or home elevator systems •• doorways with a minimum width of 32 to 36 inches for accessibility by all •• wider hallways with a minimum width of 36 to 42 inches Photo: Alexander Verticoff

•• extra floor clearance for wheelchairs to move freely in main areas and in at least one bathroom •• non-slip surfaces in tubs and showers, in addition to grab bars •• better and more lighting for those with poor vision •• lever door handles and rocker light switches for people with all kinds of needs

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•• curbless roll-in showers •• lower counters and knee-space cabinets to accommodate wheelchairs •• higher counters for people with bad backs •• lower light switches and higher outlets for wheelchair accessibility The AARP found that 9 out of 10 people age 50 and older said that they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Baby boomers own 48 percent of all homes; 70 percent of those able to make changes have made at least one modification to make their homes easier to live in; 85 percent have made simple changes to their homes; and 67 percent of those making changes or modifications to their homes believe doing so will allow them to live there longer than they would have otherwise been able to—most for another 10 or more years. 

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It is important to work with a knowledgeable and reputable builder that listens and knows how to address these needs. Incorporating universal design techniques into a home from the beginning, in most cases, will not add any extra expenses. Experienced builders today recognize that these home lifestyle changes are more than a trend. By enhancing life for the future through the most important and most valuable investment—the home—there should be no shortchanging. Universal design, when properly planned and implemented, will bring more substance and value to one’s life than any other lifestyle change. It is all about living life to the fullest. Alexa Knight is a homebuilder and real estate broker with Lee Michael Homes.


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