Aging in Place and Designing for Safety

Aging in place is the concept of being able to stay in your own home as you age into and through your senior years.  To do this, a home must be designed to accommodate things like limited mobility, fading eye sight, and the higher risk of injury from trips and falls.  So what does aging in place design have to do with wellness architecture?  Safety!  A home that is designed to adapt to an aging person is a home that is going to be safe and easily accessible for everyone.

Renovation Series Part 3: How to Budget for a Home Renovation

Ah budgeting.  The word that makes most renovation seekers cringe.  To many people, budgets are considered a necessary evil of a renovation project.  But they should not be feared.  They are the tool that allows you to complete a renovation you will be proud of.  A poorly thought out renovation budget, (or a complete lack of one) will result in a nightmare of a renovation.  The project might even have to be halted before it’s complete.  Let’s look at some ways to decide on your renovation budget, determine if your budget will cover the desired renovation, and stay on target during the entire renovation.

Engineered Wood Siding Review: Part 1

I have been researching siding options for months, trying to find the most sustainable siding option that will fit into our budget.  For us, picking a siding comes down to cost, ease of installation, maintenance and durability, and its impact on the environment.  

I was trying to find the perfect siding that will do the least harm to the environment, will help protect our house from water damage, and that we can afford.  

How to Choose Healthy and Safe Insulation for Your Home

Here is an extensive review of healthy insulation options for your home.  If you are in the process of building a new home or renovating an existing home then you know that there are a lot of choices you need to make throughout the process.  As the homeowner you are tasked to choose lighting, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, bath fixtures, exterior finishes, and much more.  It's a bit overwhelming. 

What is a Wellness Architect?

Not many people have heard of a wellness architect.  Wellness is a pretty popular word.  We know that wellness is about being in good mental and physical health and about actively maintaining that good health.  And the role of an architect is commonly understood as someone that designs buildings.  So how do these seemingly unrelated topics fit together?  They fit together because most of our lives are spent inside buildings, and the way a building is designed drastically affects our health and well-being.  

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