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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...
All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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