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Is Universal Design the Same as Aging in Place?

Aging in place means “being able to remain in your own home during your later years of life, rather than transitioning to a smaller home, assisted living, or retirement community.” Universal design refers to “design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their...

Baby Boomer Influence On Home Design

With a population of 75+ million homeowners, baby boomers command a strong influence on current home design. Like the millennial generation, they have specific lifestyle needs that can be incorporated in home design by architects, interior designers and builders alike. By analyzing current trends and predicting future needs, home design professionals can create homes for their clients that accommodate their...

Retiring in Asheville

What makes Asheville and Western North Carolina so appealing to retirees? Asheville, as well as other Western North Carolina towns, ha​s constantly topped the “Best of” lists, including ​one of the best places to retire. Our area is ideal for retirees, providing a great atmosphere and community​, as well as​ offering favorable year-round weather, good air quality, low crime rates, easy accessibility to...

Aging in Place & Universal Design

Home Design Centered Around Aging in Place and Universal Design Guidelines For years, the topics of aging in place and universal design have become common terminology and best practice when designing homes. These design considerations apply not only for those with disabilities and older generations, but also for a larger slice of the population, the baby boomers, who plan to stay in their homes as...

Lighting 101

When venturing out to your local hardware store or retailer in search for lighting, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the different types of light bulbs available for your home. From the traditional incandescent light bulbs to the newer LED options, there are a lot of choices when it comes to lighting your home. Light bulb packaging advertises a lot...

Asheville Home Builders Association Parade of Homes

Asheville Parade of Homes Starts Today

Each year the Asheville Home Builder’s Association opens the front doors of many of our area’s newest and most inspirational homes as a part of the Asheville Parade of Homes. This annual event allows you to take part in a self-guided tour of 21 selected homes in the Asheville area and see firsthand the level of quality design and building...

How to Choose the Best Property for your New Home

When building a new home, most homeowners spend days and months scouring home plans or working with a custom home architect to design their dream home. Many people don't realize, however, that an equal amount of thought is required when buying residential property. Understanding how to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of a particular property is critical in the setting...

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