The Current BuilderFish newsletter Feb. 11, 2011
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Why would anyone reject convenience in favor of making things harder for themselves?
Mostly, people aren't aware of a better alternative. But certain people push back against anything unfamiliar.
Sometimes when I talk to people about Universal Design (UD) or the concept of "aging-in-place", I get either a blank stare or disagreement that they're aging! Granted, talking about aging sounds negative, a connotation of dying or inability. Similar to discussing the importance of establishing a will, people accept the notion but still don't want to think about it.
Rosemarie's personal story is incredible, she was hit by a tree while riding her bike, paralyzed from the waist down. Talk about a life changer! And her life calling too. She and her husband are building a universally designed home in Columbus, Ohio. (Check out the construction site camera, pretty cool.)
While her home style isn't my cup of tea, the house includes all the latest in green and livable design building techniques. In particular, her bathroom is planned well so I'm sharing this PDF to give you ideas and show what's possible.
Finally, substitute "lifespan" for "universal" design and "living" for "aging"-in-place and I think you'll see these concepts are nothing more than maximizing CONVENIENCE through boosting easy and efficient living.
Nothing new, the Livable Home Tax Credit amendment seeking to boost the per claim amount from $2,000 to $5,000 and to include builders/developers remains in the General Assembly's Senate Finance Committee.
I wouldn't describe myself a weather fanatic but some people, like farmers, aviators, boat captains and parents of school-aged kids, are more hooked on forecasting. Prefer to have your weather outlook come to you? Check out this review of some useful tracking resources. I'm a big fan of Wunderground.
Looks as if we'll have a relative heat wave this weekend. Unbelievably (and certainly not complaining) I've already seen robins and flowers are pushing through the mulch.