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Disabled Access Remodel AKA Universal Design

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 01, 2015

Universal design is one of the most important trends in residential construction and home improvement today. Also known as disabled access or visitability, this type of design allows...


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Build Wood Decks/Porches/Ramps Good-Looking and Safe

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 26, 2015

Nothing beats the look of real wood. Natural woods add eye appeal to any part of your home, but are especially important in highly visible outdoor decks, porches, and ramps. Of course,...


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Bathtub or Shower: What's Best for You?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 23, 2014

Will a bathtub or shower work better in your home? The answer is simple: there is no clear-cut answer. Both types of bathing facilities have numerous advantages and disadvantages,...


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Remodeling Your Attic: Find Out Before You Start

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 09, 2014

So you're thinking of remodeling your attic? Great! You'll add valuable living or working space to your home without increasing its footprint or impinging on your yard. But before you...


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Install a Safe Shower for Universal Access

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 02, 2014

The idea of universal design is all about offering quick and easy access to every part of your home. It builds in the flexibility to accommodate users in any state of health or physical...


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Concrete Steps: Precast vs. Poured in Place

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 30, 2014

A new type of staircase has made its appearance on the home improvement scene lately -- precast concrete steps. These factory-molded stairs have a lot to offer in terms of ease of installation,...


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Fabulous, Functional Cabinet and Drawer Design

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 27, 2014

Today's kitchens are more fabulous-looking and functional than ever. And well they should be, since they're the room where families spend a large number of their waking at-home hours....


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Space-Saving Fixtures Scaled to Fit Small Bathrooms

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 16, 2014

What do rural tiny homes, new suburban houses, and old apartments smack dab in the center of the city have in common? Most were built with bathrooms that can politely be termed minuscule....