Remodeling your home to make room for aging parents is a growing trend among Baby Boomers. Those born at the end of the era, in the early 1960’s, are finding themselves taking on the responsibility of either caring for parents who no longer can navigate their forever home or helping them downsize to a more manageable townhouse or condo. In many cases, the most sensible solution is to sell their house, and add an extension to the home of the family that takes responsibility for the aged loved ones. As unnerving as home improvement can be, the results usually bring the satisfaction that solves the problem in a way that all family members agree with.
Some families have way more fun that they thought they would. They bond with their parents, and grandparents exert much needed influence over grandchildren they might have seen only at Thanksgiving or summer break. One … Read More
When you want to make sure your building is fit for cold temperatures, the tasks you think of might not include the complete list. Unfortunately, if your facility has not had the sewers maintained in a while, winter can lead to costly problems that do not present themselves in the summer months. For these reasons, unique winter maintenance tips for your facility for winterizing your plumbing should involve a focus on maintenance of sewer services.
Having side sewers and outdoor, composting toilets inspected
Once or twice a year, having your side sewers or detached outdoor toilets inspected is a must. This is especially true before winter weather hits with its glut of storm water. The key in this situation is to have a space for storm water to go so that it does not travel through toilet pipes and into your home. Ice buildup could also be an issue with … Read More
Renting or owning a ground floor apartment can be an excellent choice. Ground floor apartments typically have access to a backyard. They can also cost less to buy or rent. Occupants of a ground floor or garden apartment need not worry about waiting for an elevator. However, an apartment on the ground floor can also pose challenges. Ground floor apartments may be directly exposed to anyone walking by and therefore lack privacy. In a busy city, this can create problems. Fortunately, there are ways to keep such an apartment private while still preserving access to light and air. Attention to all of the windows in the house is important. The tenant or owner should also keep in mind the changing weather conditions and the time of day.
A garden apartment often offers a chance to spend time people watching. However, many residents would prefer that no one watched … Read More