Aging In Place

3 REASONS YOU NEED AN IN-LAW SUITE by Keith Moehle

Being a native Texan company, we know that everything is bigger and better in Texas. Bigger and better doesn’t just apply to the food or the scenic views, it can also mean the families too. 


Our families mean the world to us. They’re our first friends, our closest companions, and our biggest supporters. Most days we would do anything for them; we would help them in their time of need, be their shoulder to cry on and be their stand-in therapist when they need it most. But let's face it, when they ask to come and stay with you, the first thing you want to ask is when are you leaving. 

We all have that one family member that asks way too many questions about your personal life like what plans do you have after college, why are you still single, or why the bags under your eyes are so dark. Then there’s the other family member who drives you crazy because they use your stuff without asking and leaves a messy trail behind them wherever they go. 

Everyone loves to have their family visit from out of town or have their in-laws over but not everyone enjoys sharing the same living quarters as them. An in-law suite will typically include a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen or kitchenette, and a small living area. In many cases, it might take up an entire floor of a home or it can be added on to the house as an addition. 

Here are the three main benefits an in-law suite provides:

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  • Flexibility: An in-law suite will allow your home to grow with you as your lifestyle changes. It also allows you to have more use and enjoyment out of your home. An in-law suite can have multiple uses. Not only will it come in handy for out of town guests but it can also be used as a rental income. An in-law suite is also an ideal space for your college child coming home for the summers or for the first few months after college. One of the biggest benefits that an in-law suite provides is allowing older parents to age in a place that is familiar and comfortable for them.

  • Value: Anytime you do a remodel to your home that increases the square footage and adds more desirable features, it’s going to increase the overall value to your home. If you ever decide to sell your home, an in-law suite can be very appealing to potential buyers. Buyers are more willing to pay top dollar for the extra bathroom and kitchen space allowing you to earn a higher return on your investment. 

  • Quality of life: The most important benefit that an in-law suite provides is peace of mind. With the ability to have your elderly loved ones close to home, you don’t have to worry as much about how they’re doing. You can check on them and provide them with the best possible home care. When your out of town guests come to visit, they’re able to maintain their sense of privacy when they need it. The convenience an in-law suite provides helps to improve the overall quality of life for those that use it. 


If an in-law suite is high on your remodeling wish list, call our team at 210-680-5626 and we’ll give the peace and quality you deserve. 

----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!

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!