Create the perfect kitchen "work triangle"

Create the perfect kitchen "work triangle"

The correct functional layout of the kitchen is necessary for family members to achieve maximum efficient, safe and enjoyable use. When looking at the overall layout of the space, a kitchen’s basic functional design can be considered a work triangle.

Promoting Independence by Design

Promoting Independence by Design

Larry is currently working with Aging & Independence Services to help prepare for the upcoming Aging Summit on June 15. This year’s summit focuses on aging well in community and is one of many activities in support of the County’s quest to become a designated “Age-Friendly Community.”

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

“Good lighting can make the difference between seeing and not seeing for everyone, especially people of all ages with any form of vision impairment. It can make daily tasks much easier for everyone and provide a safer, accident-free home. Good lighting will benefit people of all ages and abilities, and make a positive difference in our lives.”

A Home that Works!

A Home that Works!

New series of articles will focus on accessible, energy-efficient homes.

A Bathroom that Works for Everyone

A Bathroom that Works for Everyone

All-ages friendly, universal design bathrooms can be visually appealing, safer. “Many homeowners would rank the bathroom as second to the kitchen in importance to their lifestyle. However, older people and those of all ages with disabilities, who are trying to maintain their independence, dignity, and self-esteem, will say that the most important room in the house to their quality of life is the universal design bathroom.”

Easy In...Easy Out - Universal Design Concepts

Easy In...Easy Out - Universal Design Concepts

There are currently over 54 million Americans with some form of permanent disability and many millions more who incur an unexpected injury resulting in some form of physical mobility impairment. When we are healthy, we take for granted the simple action of being able to easily step up and over objects like climbing stairs, or taking a bath...

Severely Injured & Disabled Veterans Livable Homes Initiative

Severely Injured & Disabled Veterans Livable Homes Initiative

This is not a political issue. It is not about the rights or wrongs of America’s involvement in wars and conflicts. It is about helping our sons and daughters who have come back tattered and torn, regain their independence, self sufficiency, and self respect.

Smart Livable Homes Start on the Outside

Smart Livable Homes Start on the Outside

Creating a Smart Livable Home begins on the outside. By creating wide, obstacle-free areas surrounding the home, homeowners can help reduce perils for themselves, their families and also for visitors who might stop by....

Caution: Are You at Risk to Fall at Home?

Caution: Are You at Risk to Fall at Home?

When going about daily life in our homes, falling down is not often top of mind. But in reality, a home can be a dangerous place for both young and old. Worldwide, 37.3 million falls that occur annually are severe enough to require medical attention. While younger, more agile people may bounce back from injuries in such falls, it is adults age 65 and older who also have to worry about morbidity due to falls.
The statistics can be alarming, but there are several ways to make a home safer, and, in turn, reduce the risk for falls...

The Makings of Smart Livable Homes

The Makings of Smart Livable Homes

Design features and details can be incorporated into new and existing living environments to help successfully overcome obstacles to independence...

New series aims to make smart living more accessible

New series aims to make smart living more accessible

The goal of the series Livable San Diego, which will run on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in the Home & Garden section, will be to provide helpful information about how to make life more comfortable and livable, by featuring practical improvements to your home, health and overall wellbeing...

The Future of Age-Friendly Communities (VIDEO)

The Future of Age-Friendly Communities (VIDEO)

"In 2050, the United States will be home to more than 80 million adults over 65, and San Diego County alone will see a 130 percent increase in this age group between 2000 and 2030. Combined with enormous technological advancements that have the potential to transform the way we understand aging, the future of growing older may not be what we anticipate today. To adapt to and support this evolution, we must rethink how we craft our public spaces, homes, transit systems, and mindsets about aging. Laurence Weinstein, Shared Solutions America founder, retired AARP National Events Housing Consultant and 40+ year architectural design/build professional shares ways to address these urgent needs."

Accessible, Energy-Smart Homes

Accessible, Energy-Smart Homes

New homes can be built and existing ones modified in ways that will help those of us with disabilities achieve maximum independence. An accessible, energy-smart home helps maximize successful independent living for all its occupants.

Good Lighting is Essential for Everyone

Good Lighting is Essential for Everyone

Good lighting will benefit people of all ages and levels of ability, and make a positive difference in our lives. It can make daily living tasks and activities in our homes much easier to perform for everyone, and provide a safer, accident-free living environment.

Your Healthy Home!

Your Healthy Home!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that levels of indoor air pollution are conservatively often three to eight times higher (and often substantially more) than outside air.

It's In the Air

It's In the Air

Harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the new carpeting, plastics and other materials can make people with SCI/D susceptible to harmful health effects.

Bright Future

Bright Future

As the traditional incandescent bulb fades away, new energy-efficient options are quickly taking over—and may eventually change the way we light our homes.

Successful Remodeling in Tough Times

Successful Remodeling in Tough Times

When I first started my successful design/build business 40+ years ago, a wise old timer in the industry told me to learn how to become a remodeling “specialist”. He told me to find a real need, and fill it! Following his words of wisdom helped me to consistently succeed for over four decades in both the best of times...and the worst of times...

The World of Off-site Homes

The World of Off-site Homes

Personal happiness and independence are deeply affected by our ability to perform everyday living tasks and activities...especially within our own homes! Even for perfectly healthy individuals, our ability to successfully accomplish tasks in the home, such as cooking and bathing efficiently and safely, is sometimes seriously impeded by the way most homes have been designed and built through the years...