Aging In Place

ADA UPGRADES: INVEST IN YOURSELF by Keith Moehle

ADA upgrades to your home can be valuable for many reasons. You may not be thinking about it currently, but it can be a great investment for yourself and for future resale values.

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There are multiple reasons to choose ADA for your home, but here are a few situations where it is a great idea to invest in yourself.

Preparing for your forever home: If you know you want to stay in your home forever, there could be a few elements in your home that would become an issue as you age. Whether that be, uneven flooring, a lack of ramps, or a shower you can’t easily fit a wheelchair in, we can upgrade your home to meet ADA standards.

Special needs children: Individuals who have special needs also may need to make some changes to their current living situation. We have worked with a number of clients with requests to make their home more suitable for everyone living there and we are more than happy to help.

Elderly family: If you have elderly family members living with you, it can become difficult to meet their needs if your house isn’t ADA friendly. Invest in the upgrades to make them comfortable and safe even when you may not be at the house.

In all of these cases, you have to consider your way of life for yourself and your loved ones. Especially in the case of elderly family staying with you, you can make the home suitable for their needs and hire an in-house caretaker which could end up saving you money over the years rather than putting them in a nursing home where they wouldn’t be as comfortable.

If you have are in any of these situations and want to find out your options, reach out to us at 210-680-5626, and we’ll schedule out a free consultation to have Keith, the General Manager, come out and visit you.


----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

A SUNKEN FLOOR CAN BE A GREAT UNIVERSAL DESIGN PROJECT! by Keith Moehle

Sunken floors were very popular in the past and can present a grand design element in a home. However, it can be stumbling block to get around now and the future. This is why it’s a great idea to re-level your home for a universal design project.

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This is the type of project that you don’t think of doing until it’s a problem. If you are living in your forever home or will be having an elderly parent move into your house in the future, it’s a good remodeling project for you to start!

Here are a few reasons why you might consider re-leveling a sunken floor:

  • More of an open-concept feel: Having a sunken floor can make your floor plan look closed off. Leveling your floor will highlight the open floor plan.

  • You or your guest won’t trip: It can be more than annoying when you are continually tripping down the stairs or on the edge of your sunken floor (depending on how deep the level is.)

  • Wheelchair/walker accessible: Typically a sunken floor is in the living room. This could mean that you are excluding family members and friends from this area, which is unfair to everyone.

  • An up-to-date layout of your home: Leveling out your flooring can make your home feel up-to-date since a sunken floor is found in a lot of older homes. It will increase functionality & aesthetics simultaneously. It’s a win-win situation!

Although sunken floors may give a certain visual appeal,  it’s not worth the risk of a fall or inconvenience of stairs worrying that you might trip! The negatives definitely outweigh the positives of keeping your sunken floor! Call up KM BUILDERS at 210-680-5626 when you are ready to relevel your home!

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!



UNIVERSAL DESIGN IN THE KITCHEN by Keith Moehle

As we begin to age, everyone wants to stay independent. A vital part of keeping this independence is having the ability to be functional in your kitchen which is why Universal Design is essential.

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Choosing Universal Design features allows you to continue to make use of your kitchen with seamless integration in a stylish kitchen. There are several ways you can incorporate Universal Design, but here are a few to consider in your next remodel!

Here is a short list of Universal Design features you can have!

  • A lower range

  • Space beneath the Stove & Sink to allow easy access for wheelchairs

  • Multi-level island/countertops

  • Lighting

  • Microwave Drawer

  • Selecting large hardware for easier grip

  • Knobs on front of range

  • All lower cabinets have drawers for easy access to the back of cabinets.

Choosing a Universal Design remodel is a responsible & smart move for your future, but you need to hire a great designer to help incorporate these features. This is why KM BUILDERS is an excellent choice. We have done countless Universally Design remodels and are happy to help you with yours! Give us a call at 210-580-5626 to find out more details today.

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

HOW TO INCORPORATE UNIVERSAL DESIGN by Keith Moehle

Universal Design should always be taken into consideration when remodeling, but some homeowners shy away from it because they want a beautiful remodel. Here’s a little secret... Universal design CAN be beautiful.

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When you remodel your home, our goal is that functionality should increased and the beauty enhanced. That is why we incorporate Universal Design options in all of our remodeling projects because we are keeping your future in mind. This being said, your remodel will not end up looking like your home came straight out of a nursing home! Universal Design has evolved to include style & elegance to every remodel.

There are several ways to incorporate Universal Design throughout your entire home. But you need to make sure that they meet the following criteria to be useful to you:

Flexibility & Use: You want to make sure that whatever is installed can be used by anyone. Whether they are left-handed, right-handed, tall, or short.

Simple & Intuitive: Universal Design is not very helpful if it isn’t easy to use. We minimize the steps that need to be taken for you to have functionality in whatever space Universal Design is incorporated.

Perceptible info: Probably the most important criteria to meet in Universal Design is that it isn’t confusing! Anyone should be able to come into your home and not even know it has Universal Design, because it should all flow together nicely. You shouldn’t need an instruction manual to enjoy your home.

If you meet these criteria you will truly get to enjoy a Universally Designed remodel in your home! If you have the slightest interest in this, contact KM BUILDERS because we are the experts & largest design-build remodeling business in San Antonio.

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

Aging in Place with Grace by Keith Moehle

In 2018, it continues to become a popular trend for the aging generation to live in their own house rather than move into an assisted living home.

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This generation has a desire to continue living at the same standard of living as they age, which may not be possible in the condition of their current home. Because of this, we are more than ready to design a remodel that can continue to be enjoyed as our client's age with time. Even our younger clients are interested in Aging in Place remodeling options because they realize that minor design choices can make a large impact in future years to come.

Our professional designers understand that people want to stay in their own home to optimize relaxation, comfort, & overall happiness! That is why we have a universal design professional on staff to assist you with your needs. It can be as simple as choosing the right flooring or installing hand railings in the bathroom to prevent falls and we can guide you to the right choices.

The kitchen and the bathroom are on the top of the list for Aging in Place remodeling since a lot of falls happen in these areas. Hallways, installation of proper lighting, and the bedroom are also popular Aging in Place remodeling projects along with a long list of others.

If you plan to stay in your home for years to come, think about Aging in Place while you have the time to make the updates at your own convenience!

Keith and our licensed designers are more than happy to talk to you about the possibilities of Aging in Place in your particular home, so give us a call to get more details.

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

UNIVERSAL DESIGN MEANS YOUR HOME ADJUSTS TO YOUR CHANGING NEEDS by Keith Moehle

Every day in the United States, approximately 10,000 people turn 65, and by the year 2035 an estimated 20 percent of our population will be 65 and older. This dramatic increase in older Americans, coupled with health and science helping us live longer, means more people are planning past retirement and well into their “Golden Years.”

When you add to this the fact that more and more seniors are opting to “age in place,” meaning they wish to stay in their homes as long as possible, it’s absolutely necessary to consider whether your home can handle this transition from an active lifestyle to one that can support an aging family member.

A recent study done by the AARP shows us that more than 60% of homes in San Antonio need at least one modification to enable the homeowner to age in place. These include things like installing a medical emergency response system, improved lighting, easier home access (ramps, wider doorways, chairlift, etc.), adding a room to the first floor and bathroom modifications.

When looking for a remodeler to help you with a project like this, it’s important to take into consideration whether their training and experience makes them a good partner in designing an environment that will allow you to stay in your home through this transition and beyond.

To address these needs, The National Association of the Remodeling industry created its Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) designation. The program addresses the concept of universal design, meaning the home is functional for everyone who lives there.

KM BUILDERS’ general manager, Keith Moehle, earned his UDCP certification in 2013, which makes him uniquely suited to work with clients who have special needs within their homes. These needs include, but are not limited to:

·      Barrier-free entryways for family members in wheelchairs or using crutches/walkers

·      Garage lifts, ramps and elevators

·      Accessible bathrooms and bedrooms

·      User-friendly kitchens

·      Control over both natural and electric lighting along with easy access to switches

There are so many ways to make modifications to your existing house to allow you and your loved ones to age in place. Call us today at (210) 680-5626 for more information on how we can help you create a universal design plan in your home!