Aging in Place: Remodeling for Your Forever Home

Aging in place is a trend that is here to stay. According to an AARP report, over 90% of people 65 and over expressed a strong desire to remain in their home as long as possible.

However, many people want to delay making changes until they get older. Instead, be proactive. Look at it as an opportunity to create a gorgeous, relaxing space that you never hope to leave. Below we offer some home renovation options that may help with comfortably aging in your home.

First Floor Master Suite
Many older homes don’t have a large enough master bed/bath on the main floor, while others don’t have one at all. Solution, add square footage to your home or take an unused room, such as a formal living or dining room, and convert it to a bedroom.

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Widen Doorways and Open Walls
If you have been contemplating removing a wall, now’s the time. With a more open concept, it creates more maneuvering space throughout your house. Another option is to widen the doorways for easier accessibility.

Main Level Washer/Dryer
Laundry rooms don’t have a “typical” location. They can be found in the basement, all the way to the top floor. We are even noticing a trend to include them in your master suite. However, when it comes time to think long-term, housing them on the main level will allow for the easiest access on a regular basis.

Lighting
Simply updating your lighting can make a huge difference. Task lighting can be added to your main working and walking areas to help with visibility and prevent falls. Want a little drama? Toss in additional soft lights in certain areas of your home for added ambiance.

Bathroom
Be conscious of the small details. A curb-free shower not only makes the space feel larger, but also allows for easy access by not having a barrier. The addition of a grab bar, bench or handheld wand can create a better and safer experience. With such a variety of products, you can create a luxurious space that is safe and practical for the future.

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Elevators
This trend is one of the pricier renovation options. Not only is an elevator ideal for the transportation of people, it is also helpful for moving furniture, heavy luggage or laundry.

Kitchen
There are a number of kitchen design options to make dishes and countertop appliances more accessible for every day use.

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Give us a call today and we discuss which options that might work best for you.

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Spa-Like Retreat

Lane Homes Weston St BathImagine. You’ve had a long, stressful day. You get home and with the simple touch of a button, you can now relax. How is the possible, you ask? Your bathroom renovation included a steam shower. Twenty minutes later, you emerge feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Today more clients are planning long-term with their renovations and therefore taking more consideration into luxury and style. We find more clients are making luxury a standard. While a steam shower is an upgrade, many would agree that it is well worth the investment.

Did we mention that steam also has health benefits? Steam not only helps with common cold symptoms such as stuffy nose and chest congestion, it also increases blood flow and helps with aches and sore muscles.

 

Did you know?
Twenty minutes spent in a steam shower uses approximately two gallons of water. To put things into perspective, a shower for the same amount of time uses approximately 25 times the amount of water.

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Farmhouse Addition Finishing Touches

Take a look at some of the finishing touches of our farmhouse addition! Stay tuned for after photos and a final video in a couple weeks!

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Stone and Wood Details

We’re in the detail stages of this farmhouse addition! Trim & stonework are adding character to this addition so it blends in with the rest of the home.

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Windows, Doors and Drywall… Oh My!

This addition is starting to look like a finished space both inside and out! Check out this video for what’s been going on this week.

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Top Trends from the 2015 Leading Kitchen and Bath Industry Show

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The color grey is staying put — at least for this year. This bathroom display by Ann Sacks tile booth was nothing short of glamorous! This marble chevron pattern stole the show for many. The crisp gray and white color scheme is so in demand right now and laying the tiles in this pattern really makes for a beautiful focal point. Since this isn’t a working tub, the crystal chandelier adds drama and would make anyone feel like royalty.
*Disclaimer: We wouldn’t use a chandelier over a working tub.

 

 

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This was another favorite collections from the show. Designed by Richard Herb in Los Angeles for Delta’s new series, Rook, it combines masculine and industrial details for a breathtaking bathroom. Subway tile has always been a popular choice, but in this bold, glass tile, it brings the entire space to a new level of sophistication. The custom vanity and porcelain wood-looking floor tile adds an old-school charm to the other sleeker elements. The Delta rain head shower and body jets make the every day shower into a spa retreat. The Rook Collection is expected to be available later this year.

 

Shower Temperature & Technology
Delta is bringing more technology into the shower, this time with Temp2OTM Techology. This showerhead features an LED digital display with background color. It changes from blue to magenta to red as the temperature rises which helps alleviate temperature surprises before you jump in the shower. This product is currently available and with so many looks and options, you are sure find the perfect one for you and your family.

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The Unique Features are Starting to Stand Out

Now that our farmhouse addition is under roof, here are some of the features we’re cannot wait to share with you!

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We now have a roof! Since the last video, construction on the roof for the addition and covered porch is almost complete and the crews are busy working on the porch.

 

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This photo showcases the beginning stages of what will become a beautiful, vaulted ceiling.

 

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First Look Inside the Farmhouse Addition

We love sharing the progress of the farmhouse addition with you!

Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to on site.

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Lane Homes & Remodeling, Inc. ~ New President

TEd - Edward piche board gathered for their annual meeting last week and came to a unanimous decision to vote Edward A. Lane IV the new President / CEO of Lane Homes & Remodeling, Inc.

Over the past few years, Edward has been leading the company into the future by adding critical members to the team while evaluating and improving current processes. Having learned the business via OJT from bottom to top, his understanding of the remodeling industry and the added benefits of new technology and social media combined with his people skills and his quiet, thoughtful demeanor make him a perfect fit to build on the Lane Homes & Remodeling reputation. Edward said, “I look forward to a new year and a new position. I love what we do, and I am excited about the future of the company.”

Lane Homes & Remodeling is a family-owned and operated design/build firm that has been serving customers in Richmond and the surrounding counties since 1984. The focus has been in the building and remodeling of kitchens, master suites, family rooms, attic and basement build-outs, baths, and outdoor living spaces, as well as whole house remodels. “We are known for our creative designs, quality craftsmanship and high level of service, with honesty and integrity as its foundation,” said Edward.

While Ed Lane III (70) will be stepping down as President, he will still remain on the Board and an active component in the company. Ed said, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to have worked with my son and to have been his mentor for many years. With his ability, energy and enthusiasm, Edward will be better than I ever was.”

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Name: Edward Lane, President & CEO
Born: July 26,1974
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University, B.S. Business Management
Community Involvement: President, National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Senior Member, Remodelers Advantage Round Table; Chair of Organizational Resource Committee, Better Business Bureau; Goochland Rotary Club; National Kitchen and Bath Association; Home Building Association of Richmond
Hobbies: golf, tennis, soccer
Family: wife, Julie; son, Ethan; daughter, Celia

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Progress, Progress, Progress

We have a lot of activity at our farmhouse addition today! Gravel was delivered and with the brick foundation complete, our lead carpenters are busy framing the floor of the large space.

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