Make Your Home Timeless

Simple changes to a home can create a more comfortable and convenient place where everyone in the family - no matter how young or how old - can live.

Make Your Home Timeless

Simple changes to a home can create a more comfortable and convenient place where everyone in the family - no matter how young or how old - can live.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Make Your Home Timeless

A home is timeless when it is usable by most of the people most of the time. It is family-friendly and can be lived in and enjoyed by people regardless of their age or physical limitations. To make your home timeless consider these simple improvements, which will increase its value while making it more livable. For each improvement you'll find price information: the DIY Cost is for doing it yourself and the PRO Cost is for hiring a contractor. Click on the links for more information.

FLUORESCENT LIGHT FIXTURE A home rarely has enough lighting, yet good lighting is important for just about everything you do there. A kitchen needs plenty of general illumination for all the tasks performed there and a single fixture in the ceiling is never enough. Consider upgrading the fixture to a large fluorescent unit that will increase the lighting, and at the same time, be energy-efficient. Compare the DIY and PRO cost to INSTALL A FLUORESCENT FIXTURE

UNDER CABINET LIGHTING Older eyes need increased lighting, especially when working at a kitchen counter. Thin strips of under-cabinet lighting installed on the underside of cabinets provide an important light source for counter work. Just install them underneath the cabinet, plug in and they'll make chopping vegetables or reading a recipe an easy chore.Compare the DIY and PRO cost to INSTALL UNDER CABINET LIGHTS

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT Another wiring upgrade that goes a long way to improve a house is replacing an old thermostat with a new programmable device. The unit automatically raises or lowers the heat or air conditioning to match your lifestyle. Choose one with large controls and numbers that are easy to read and you'll enjoy using it for years to come, not to mention the energy dollars you'll save. Compare the DIY and PRO cost to INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

LEVER DOOR HANDLE Opening and closing a door should be easy for everyone, but most round doorknobs are difficult to grasp, especially if you have tennis elbow or arthritis. Even a not-so-handy homeowner can replace an old door knob with a new lever style handle and transform the appearance of the door and make it more user-friendly. Compare the DIY and PRO cost to REPLACE A LEVER DOOR HANDLE

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