What is Universal Design?

Universal Design means creating a stylish space that everyone can live in.  The idea is to design a home that fits everyone’s needs regardless of age, size, or ability.  With age our ability and agility changes and often we find our home no longer suits our needs.  In the past this meant making changes that did not flow with the current design and stuck out as sterile and obvious.  Today, Universal Design means beauty and style is no longer compromised for comfort.  In fact, one would not realize they are in a home with Universal Design features unless they were pointed out to them.

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An important mission at Sikora Creations, Inc. is to re-use and recycle materials as much as possible.  When one of our clients was looking for a mantle with some history, our craftsman Andy Sikora, who is REGREEN certified and a member of the Green Building Council, found a beam from an old country barn in Pennsylvania (pictured above). This beam, he repurposed to become a hand-shaped mantle in their Colorado home.

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At Sikora Creations, Inc. our work is building or remodeling inside and around the home. We thrive on creating unique kitchens and bathrooms, remodeling master suites and family rooms or creating garage sanctuaries for the man of the house. We love our work and are thrilled when every so often we are presented with a unique and challenging project that pushes our creativity!

Read more: An Outdoor Slide Project Produces Fun Results

 

Put in time on the front end to ensure that your home will match your vision in the end

Houzz.com published this wonderful article written by Anne Higuera on their site this week that we wanted to share, enjoy!

There’s a strong temptation to dive straight into home remodeling projects.  The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be done, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way if you haven’t done some essential planning up front.  Each design professional and contractor runs his or her business in a different way, but homeowners usually need to follow the same steps to get to the construction phase. 
Here are six crucial steps to help you plan for a successful home renovation, and the reasons they're so important for any project.

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If buying a home is all about location, location, location, then remodeling one is all about planning, planning, planning. We’ve all heard the stories: friends and family doing dishes in their bathroom sinks, cooking meals on hot plates in the garage, grabbing food from the refrigerator that’s now in the laundry room.

Read more: Survive your Home Remodel- 11 Must Ask Questions