Remodeling for the Long-term
Long-term home remodeling is not just about creating a fashionable living environment; it’s also making the home comfortable and accommodating for 50-something clients which will allow them to remain in their homes in their later years (or should they ever become disabled).
Accessible design choices include providing enough space for a wheelchair or walker, low shelves, oversized showers and wider doorways. And the accomodations don’t have to be obvious or have that “institutional” look (designer grab bars can be made in brushed nickel or bronze finishes with intricate detailing).
A lot of homeowners are resistant to the idea that they may become disabled; “That’ll never happen to me” (but it can!). And many older ones don’t want to spend the money, or can’t afford it (you don’t always have to spend a fortune, but it does help if a home is spacious enough for the renovations).
Designer Marlene Wangenheim (Interiors by Design, Morristown, NJ) takes a softer approach to raising this issue, saying, “How about we make it so you don’t have to worry if you’re still in the house in 10 or 15 years?” And she mentions the design choices as ideas that would make the homeowners currently comfortable, such as rounded edges (no sharp corners to bump into) for late night bathroom trips. And even for the able-bodied, additional design choices like curbless showers and improved lighting not only make the home safer, but more comfortable, too (you don’t have to be in your 70s or 80s to have health issues; some people have problems in their 40s and 50s-or younger. And just look at a few current and retired athletes!).
A classic geometric pattern that’s having a revival is the triangle (especially laid end-to-end to create larger-scale geometrics, often in three or more colors for a dramatic effect).
In 2014, triangle motifs began showing up in dimensional tiles, Jonathan Adler porcelain vases and shiny metals and even on the floor (as a bold statement, in a grid of various-sized patterns).
The latest batch of this design has also shown up on pillows; bedding; tableware; wrapping paper (!); wall coverings and even chair upholstery.
The universal appeal for this particular pattern spans across all social and age demographics.
Sources: “Geometric patterns” by Elaine Markoutsas-Chicago Tribune (TNS)-The (Sunday) Vindicator, December 7, 2014 and “Remodeling with style for the long term”-The Record (Hackensack, NJ) (TNS)-The (Sunday) Vindicator, December 28, 2014