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Building an Accessible Home for the Disabled

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building an Accessible Home for the Disabled

Due to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, public buildings have become much more accessible for the disabled. Private homes, however, are often not as accessible unless they have been adapted for a specific resident. Rather than adapt as you go, a better plan would be to build new homes with certain accessibility features as part of the original design. While you are busy drawing up plans for your gourmet kitchen or family room, consider adding items that will benefit your disabled family members or friends. Front Door Access Although wheelchair ramps are often added as they are needed, consider designing your home so that no steps are necessary to enter it. You can build an attractively designed ramp that leads to your extra-wide doorway, providing easy access for all the home’s inhabitants and guests. Since the ramp...

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Planning on a New Wood Floor? How to Choose between Solid and Engineered Planks

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning on a New Wood Floor? How to Choose between Solid and Engineered Planks

If you want to install wood floors in your home, you have to make several choices. You’ll need to decide on the size planks you want as well as the type of wood you’ll buy. The type of wood affects the color and hardness of your floor. Another important decision is whether you’ll buy solid wood planks or an engineered hardwood floor. Here are the differences between the two. Method of Construction Solid hardwood planks are formed from a single piece of wood. Engineered planks are created by gluing several layers of wood together. The top layer is made from actual hardwood. This makes them different from laminated flooring, which has a photograph of wood laminated to the top. An advantage of only having the top layer made from hardwood is it can reduce cost. If you want an...

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