•June 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment
As we approach this Father’s Day weekend we thought we would share an article on one of our favorite ways to celebrate with dad…with a great barbecue. We have come a long way since the standard charcoal grill!
Is it a backyard sculpture or a barbecue? Today some grills are both, combining high-performance cooking capability with cutting-edge, artistic design. Contemporary barbecue grills are attracting attention and, although they still represent only a tiny blip on the sales screen, they are becoming a legitimate segment of the grill business.
Unlike the bigger-is-better approach to traditional grills, modern grills have a striking minimalism in their designs, are usually compact and offer sleek lines, streamlined styling and a distinctive silhouette. In terms of function, they often incorporate innovative features that solve storage problems or answer other needs, while still packing the heat and performance needed to grill a mean steak.
If you would like some assistance on creating an outdoor kitchen for your home, please give us a call
•May 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment
By 2030 more than 70 million Americans will be over 65.
With the first wave of Baby Boomers hitting “official” retirement age this year, the trend toward Universal Design (design that accommodates all) seems to be going mainstream.
Rather than waiting for that critical mass of retiring boomers to occur you may have noticed that designers and builders have been “designing differently” for some time. Since Universal Design holds universal appeal, it is just plain good design. It needn’t look ugly or institutional-as a matter of fact at first glance you may not even realize that many of the commercial spaces, health care facilities, restaurants and hotel rooms (see article “The Boomer Room”) are not only beautiful, but safe and accessible. offering independence, choice and control for all to use.
Universal Design balances the understanding of human needs with users experience. As boomers age they frequently experience some of the following day to day challenges:
- Declining Vision
- Reduced Hearing
- Decreased Strength and Agility
- Limited Reach
- Difficulty Bending
Designing accordingly, elder care design professionals who are familiar with the unique physical & emotional changes that accompany the normal aging process respond with innovative design solutions that address these challenges in a seamless, almost undetectable manner. A few of these are:
- Lighting sensors that improve lighting and safety as you walk in and out of a room
- large print or signage, reading materials and glare-free computer screens
- “Drive-in curbless showers” with grab bars and shower seats
- Wider hallways with fewer flooring transitions
- Comfort height toilets and vanities
- Enhanced tones on doorbells & phones
- Easy-in, easy-out chairs and seating units
One of the driving forces for Universal Design becoming mainstream is the aging population. It is helping us to reinvent the world we live in, teaching us to design differently, to create environments that while evolutionary, appeal to and serve a very broad spectrum of the population.
•May 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Retro Baby Blue Fridge
The kitchen is possibly the most often remodeled room in a house. Dated cabinets, hardware and appliances are replaced with modern equivalents. However, if you are lucky enough to have a charming retro kitchen in your home, you may choose to preserve its character rather than start with a clean slate. Some people even seek out retro kitchen appliances for their new homes! Get inspired with these well-planned retro kitchen remodels. To find out how to get this look for your kitchen give us a call!