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Adapting Your Home with Universal Design Improvements for those Aging Seniors at Home

June 20, 2011 - Author: Patricia Mitrano

You love your home, but it may be getting more difficult to live there, either because of injury, chronic condition, or just for being an aging senior citizen. Or as they say, getting old is not for sissies. Easy access, convenience and safety become a priority. In New Jersey, 13% of us are over 65 (26% of our households) more than the national average (uscensus2010data.com).

Instead of contemplating a retirement village, staying close to families, friends and established community relationships could be an option. Universal designed home modification and a maintenance contract could enable older adults to remain in their homes a few more years –or at least until the NJ housing market improves.

Curb Appeal Designs, an established reliable contractor builds ramps, installs handrails or other barrier free, universal design remodeling. Your home can be more ergonomic and work-efficient, when adapted to suit your specific needs. A stair-free entrance benefitting a grandparent would be appreciated by a new mom with a stroller as well.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Landscaping & Gardening Season

May 27, 2011 - Author: John P. Mitrano

Unless you were born with a green thumb, spring and summer signals endless gardening and landscaping out of necessity rather than enjoyment. The positive rewards a well-manicured lawn brings to your home and neighborhood have a cost. It may take every weekend from April to

September to cultivate, water and fertilize and that landscape maintenance takes valuable time away from family and recreational activities. Friends understand the reason “Sorry he or she is not here, they had to cut the grass.”

Successful lawns start in the early spring by loosening the soil, cultivating and fertilizing, then seeding, watering and daily monitoring. All this leads hopefully to success, which would be a healthy, thick lawn requiring manicuring, cutting and more maintenance. Invasive creatures lie in wait for an opportunity to infest your hard work with weeds, bugs, moss, ivy, crabgrass and the notorious DANDELION! Blink and your much-anticipated summer is over with missed opportunities. Had a chance to bond with your kids? They are out of diapers and need a ride to college!

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Cool Kitchen Renovations Inspires Meals & Cooking at Home

June 20, 2011 - Author: Patricia F. Mitrano

Our American obsession with food and eating is legendary. The popularity of celebrity chefs and food programs inspire culinary creativity at home. Ingenious gadgets, modern appliances and a tasteful kitchen make food preparation a delight, not a chore.

No matter what type of food you prepare, doing it in a creatively, well-designed kitchen makes life more delicious. Whether you are looking for sleek sophistication, old world charm or a touch of Tuscany, your kitchen reflects your lifestyle. Given the fact that Americans spend a large amount of time at home in their kitchens, through economic necessity or choice, it’s no wonder we rate the kitchen one of the most important rooms in our house. While there, many Americans are noticing that their kitchens could use a facelift, update or even a major overhaul.

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Save Money with a Staycation

Save Money with a Staycation While Making Home Improvements; A Great Way to Increase the Value of Your Home

May 6, 2011 - Author: Patricia F. Mitrano

Instead of the seven day, six night tryst at a tourist trap, homeowners can opt to invest in themselves and their communities with a staycation this summer. And as they are spending more time at home, what could be better than the enhanced lifestyle a home improvement or home renovation can provide.

Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies recent research estimates that Americans will spend close to $140 billion in remodeling and home improvements in the first half of 2011. Some projects give immediate enjoyment for the summer and as well as a return on investment in the long run. In fact, a University of Connecticut study states that regular maintenance increases a home value by approximately 1% a year.

“Now that we are into the warmer weather, homeowners are addressing issues resulting from the brutal winter we experienced in New Jersey” attests Mo Soliman of Curb Appeal Design. Soliman knows from his 27 year experience in the North Jersey community, addressing minor repairs now can save on big repairs in the future. “While we are at the job site is the perfect time to ask us about tackling those ‘someday’ projects” he adds. “Smart homeowners don’t wait until the major emergency but trudge along to maintain their home and enhance it for personal enjoyment.”

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