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In our last posts, we looked at personal style makeovers and now turn our attention to homes.  More and more boomers are choosing to renovate their houses in order to allow them to “age in place”.  We like that idea and have seen some very innovative home makeovers, from replacing kitchen cabinetry to removing the entire second storey to permit single level living.

Planning is key, with or without the help of a specialist interior designer.  Just as important is finding competent trades people and craftsmen to execute your plans.

Our first effort was to replace the carpeting in our dining area with tile and extending that same tile into the adjoining kitchen.  We wanted a hard-wearing surface, which would be easy to care for and be less slippery than the highly polished tiles we had.  There were several products to consider for their anti-slip properties:

  • Porcelain (carborundum grit-impregnated)
  • Textured slate
  • Textured porcelain
  • TractionGrip vinyl
  • Ultra-Grip Nevada O1S vinyl

We visited many showrooms and finally decided upon a textured, variegated, matte porcelain tile because it offered anti-slip properties, showed less dirt and was easy to clean.  The tiles themselves are large, which we initially thought may not suit the small-scale of our home but, in fact, larger tiles make the space appear larger.

We purchased the tiles from Tile Depot and found them very helpful and friendly.  Glen Bregmen (Trick Tilers) laid the tiles and we would highly recommend him.  We understand that he is in Keri Keri now.

Next time, we’ll take a look at other renovations to make your home ageless!

Have you been renovating and found good tradesmen?  What have you had done? Who did you employ?

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

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