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Selling to Seniors: How to Win Over Older Home Buyers
In the past, retirees have fled south, eschewing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest in favor of sunnier, more b...
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Retrofit Your Home for Accessibility
Here is a room-by-room checklist of steps you can take if someone in your family is impacted by a lasting injury, dis...
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Contemporary Cachet: Exhibition Celebrates Michael Graves
Iconic contemporary architect and designer Michael Graves is in the spotlight once again: The Virginia Center for Arc...
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Bob Vila Radio: Universal Design
You may not be one of the rising wave of aging baby boomers, but if you’re building or renovating your house, the pri...
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Senior Moment: Boost Home Value by Enabling Independent Living
Not much has been guaranteed in the housing industry in the past seven years, but there's one trend that is sure to r...
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Reviewing the Blueprints
Bob joins the contractors from Crosswinds Enterprises. With framing for the accessible home nearly complete, Bob gets a sense of the layout and looks over the blu...
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Electrical Wiring in the Accessible Home
Bob joins a three-man team from Cliff Electric, the firm performing all the 'rough-in' wiring.
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Making the Home Handicapped Accessible
Bob tours the Roxbury project with its architect, Fernando Domenech, who explains the difference between adaptability and accessibility, when it comes to designi...
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Building a Handicapped Access Ramp
Carpenter Bob Ryley builds a handicapped access ramp for the accessible home in the Roxbury development.
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Wheelchair-Accessible Toilet Installation
Bob talks with Gerry Folan, the plumber who is installing a specially designed wheelchair-accessible toilet. Phil Boggs (from Kohler) discusses the unique feature...
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Tour of the Completed Handicapped-Accessible Home
Kim Beasley (from the Paralyzed Veterans of America) joins Bob on a tour of the house to look closely at the special accessible features that have been incorporat...
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Tour of Hill Arboretum
Bob tours Hill Arboretum, an apartment project designed for the physically challenged. Each unit is equipped with wheelchair-bound tenants in mind. Project develo...
The MicroHouse's diminutive size—just 96 square feet—was determined by the maximum allowed for construction without a perm... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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