Remodeling Your Home For The Elderly And Physically Challenge

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ABOUT TOM GARCIA

Tom is a graduate of LSU College of Engineering and has worked in project and company management for more than twenty five years. Starting as a Project Engineer for an Energy company, Tom advanced through numerous levels of engineering and corporate management positions. In 1998, Tom fulfilled a long held dream of building homes and began his own construction firm.

Today, that firm, Southern Evergreen High Performance Homes, is Greensboro's exclusive builder of Southern Living Custom Homes and offers many services including Architecture, Interior Design, Real Estate and Construction.  Tom is one of only 100 builders across America to earn the Southern Living Builder designation. In addition, he hold holds several certifications including an Unlimited North Carolina General Contractor License a North Carolina Real Estate and Broker License, a nationally recognized Certified Green Professional Designation and an EPA Certified Lead Renovator Certificate.   Tom joined the Good Morning Show team with the Fix-it Friday series in 2009.

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Greensboro, NC - Many residents are thinking about remodeling because of new living arrangements. Some have invited their elderly parents to stay with them or they have taken someone in that is challenged physically. Mr. Fix It Tom Garcia says there are construction plans you'll want to consider.

The key to the projects is accommodating wider widths for wheel chairs and scooters. If you have a gate leading from your driveway to your yard, it needs to be wide enough for a person in a wheelchair or on a motorize scooter to easily enter.

The doors to the home also need to be wide enough for a wheel chair or scooter with a flat threshold to roll over. The rooms also need to be easy to move around in a wheel chair or scooter.

One of the best design element to go with is a zero entry shower. It will allow a person to roll in and out the shower space easily. Once inside the shower space, you can have a shower seat and build in hand rails to help prevent falls.

Click on the video to see Mr. Fix It's ideas.

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