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I don’t want to age in place. I want to thrive in MY place!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Home Organization & Storage

I don't want to age in place I want to thrive in place | Innovate Building Solutions

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to “age in place.” I want to keep moving. Be active, vibrant – no matter what my age is. If you’re unfamiliar with the term aging in place it refers to someone who wants to stay in their home as long as possible (usually this is an “older” person – and I don’t want to include myself in this category).

When I think of the term “age in place” it feels like some dude getting old in one place. Aging… kind of like a stone. That is not my plan – even though I’m 57 with more than a few gray hairs. I’m looking to be active and enjoy my kids (and somewhere down the road – although not too soon – the grandkids). I plan to continue to beat my 22- year-old son in 5K races (my competitive streak still runs strong). I’m looking to have fun – laugh more and be serious less. More wackiness is a good thing in my book.

I want my home to work for Rose (my wife) and I today, and live well for us tomorrow. I know I could “end up” in an assisted living or even nursing care facility (and there could be a time where this is the best place for me to live).

Still I don’t want to age in place. I want to thrive in the place of MY choosing! I want to not only “control” (whatever that means) my destiny, but enjoy a home which is sleeker, cooler, better thought out – and fun to live in. Yes – I guess I want it all (ha! ha!).

The challenge becomes as an almost empty nester, and baby boomer (or just call me a dude who is 57 but can look 37 after my $9.99 bottle of hair coloring), how can I design my home (and master suite area) to work for Rose and me for a long time?

In this article I’ll look at 5 simple strategies to design a master suite area to go beyond aging in place to thriving in place. At the end of the article I’d love to hear your thoughts (and ideas) on how to thrive in place.

5 Awesome Tips for a Modern Spin on a Jack and Jill Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

5 awesome tips for a modern spin on a jack and jill bathroom

If you have a 13 year old daughter and a 17 year old son (like Ben and Melodee Diss of Powell Ohio – and also me!) you know a shared Jack and Jill style bathroom has the potential to turn into a major battleground for a brother and sister (especially if they need to use the space at the same time!). So what’s a family to do to make this room work efficiently and maximize the style, personal space and privacy of the kids using it? Let’s first take a look back at the Jack and Jill bathroom and then step forward (using this project) as an example of how to make it better for today’s modern family.

In the 1970’s when the Brady Bunch was popular (I might be dating myself with this reference) a hot home design concept was the idea of the “Jack and Jill bathroom.” This popular 70’s show which featured a newly blended family with 3 boys and 3 girls had the ultimate in a shared bathroom. The kids used a common space known as a “Jack and Jill” bathroom. In it’s basic form the Jack and Jill bathroom is a shared space between two bedrooms and has a locked door on each side. When someone is taking a shower or using the toilet they can lock both inner doors for privacy. In addition when a family member does not need complete privacy (for example when using the vanity sinks) the space can be shared.

While the shared, functional and stripped down bathroom might have worked for the Brady Bunch in the 70’s most people (and their kids especially) don’t want to live this communally today. We are used to nicer and more luxurious bathrooms and if the Diss’ kids (Alex and Angie) are anything like my 17 and 13 year old son and daughter (Parker and Jade) the less space they have to share with their sibling the better (my 13 year old daughter doesn’t want her brother checking out her stuff in the bathroom and I’m sure my 17 year old son feels the same way!).

So while the efficient 1970’s concept of the Jack and Jill bathroom still makes sense – it does need some alterations to fit today’s family. Let’s take a look at 5 cool tips the Diss family used (in conjunction with their remodeling contractor Mike Cheeseman Builders) to modernize and privatize a Jack and Jill bathroom.

“Susie Vila” Gets Her Black and White Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Black colored solid surface stone walls with a NEO angle acrylic shower base

When Susan Tow (also know as “Susie Vila” by her friends for her passion for remodeling) began her yearly (and not very much fun) task of cleaning the grout in her master bathroom she didn’t realize the problems she was about to encounter. When she started scrubbing the grout joint – and then the tile – fell out to reveal a sopping wet backer board system. Then Susan noticed the tiled shower pan had also become waterlogged she came to the conclusion the time was right to upgrade and transform the bathroom into a low maintenance, high style black and white design she always dreamed of.

In this article I’ll look at Susan’s three goals and the products and construction steps she took to turn her vision into reality.

5 Design Tips for a Small Bath Remodel in 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Design Tips for a small bathroom remodel

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s home building was about supersizing everything. McMansions with large rooms, vaulted ceilings in foyers, big living rooms and dining rooms were all the rage. The average size home in the 1950’s of 983 square feet had become bloated to 2,434 square feet by 2005.

As we get ready to celebrate the new year in 2015 trends have changed significantly. The average size of the home is now decreasing (this can be seen in the popularity of the book The Not So Big Home by Sarah Susanka). Features which have contributed to homes becoming smaller include tighter access to financing, improved design, and the desire for more green and sustainable spaces.

As homes are shrinking bathrooms are getting smaller as well – but this is not to imply style and function are becoming victims of this down-sizing process – quite the contrary actually. Learn below 5 fun and intriguing design tips to make a smaller bathroom more stylish and better performing!

Custom Products and 3 Planning Tips make a Bathroom Remodel in New York Stand Out!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

PIC  1 custom products

In many bathroom remodeling projects it’s neither practical nor cost effective to change the overall layout of the space (moving plumbing and walls can be expensive!) – but this is no reason to settle for a “common looking room.” In the article below learn how a design-oriented do it yourself homeowner used custom building products (including cabinets, slate tile and colored glass blocks), installation systems (a prefabricated glass block wall with a custom base) and 3 planning tips to not only transform the looks of a unique “L-shaped” bathroom – but increase it’s functionality as well!

Curved glass block shower with colored blocks

Natural products and abundant light highlight a Westerville Ohio bathroom remodeling project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Glass block shower slate floor westerville remodel

Caryn and Pat Knott just knew it was time for a change in their master bathroom. A room-eating soaking tub in the corner, curtains which blocked out the light in two large windows, and a small stand up fiberglass shower all screamed out the look of the 1990’s! Learn below 3 key steps Caryn and Pat (along with their remodeling contractor – Dan Skubak of Skubak Builders) used to transform this space into a more useful, light-filled and natural feeling master bathroom environment.

5 ½ Tips to a Safe & Stylish Bathroom for your Mom on Mothers Day

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

No curb high end shower with hand held shower and decorative grab bars

Luxury bathrooms can be safe and stylish!

You can do the usual this Mother’s Day – buy Mom flowers, take her out to dinner or buy her a new outfit – or what if you provided her with a gift she could use everyday which would add style and make her safer? This gift would be a new bathroom design.

Unfortunately as we age our mobility, vision and balance do not get better – which makes bathrooms (which are wet and sometimes dark places) dangerous. This article will identify 5 ½ practical tips to not only design a safer bathroom for Mom – but one which is more stylish as well!

5 Reasons to Replace a Whirlpool or Soaking Tub with a Larger Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Larger shower in a bathroom design
Larger shower in a bathroom design

 

Let’s face it just like fashion trends change so do home design and building trends. We use our bathrooms differently than we did in the past. Today the focus in bathroom design is on efficiency, function and comfort.

 

In bath remodeling projects today wasted space is being reclaimed to add safety, comfort, style and practicality – and one the by-products of this has been the overwhelming trend to remove existing whirlpool and soaking tubs and replace them with larger showers. Learn below 5 reasons why replacing a tub with a larger shower makes sense for how we live today.

 

Project Spotlight: 5 ½ Tips to add class, character & style in a small bathroom remodeling project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel sink

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel

You may say it’s not possible to create a classy, stylish and unique bathroom in a space as small as 6 foot by 6 foot – but don’t tell that to Mat Forrest. When Mat and his partner got on a mission to invigorate and revitalize their small bathroom in California they were determined to create a top notch space and to not cut any corners in the process. Below you’ll learn tips and ideas that guided Mat through this small bath remodeling process.

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