Category Archives: Renovations

Remodeled Space For Aging In Place | The Daily Oklahoman

*You might have to press pause on the video just below if you want to read everything before you watch it, it seems to be playing automatically.

A quick note before the video/article:

Early in 2017 I found myself in the middle of a transaction that had a very strong thread for all parties involved, aging family members. My sellers were helping their mother sell their childhood home, which needless to say had to be emotionally impactful. Not long after the house went on the market I was approached by a lady saying that her daughter lived a few doors down from the house, and they thought it would be nice to live closer to one another. I later discovered that this very witty and charming person was in the earlier stages of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Long story short they purchased the home after a few bumps in the road, and she and her daughter renovated the home – and it is immaculate…

I’m currently writing this with tears in my eyes next to my grandfather who is on his deathbed. In the last few years I lived for a while with my grandparents as they were getting settled into their final residence. We’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time, and in the middle of taking care of him for his final stage of life I saw this article pop up in The Daily Oklahoman, telling the wonderful story of some of my newfound friends, Deb and Amy on one side and Larry and Sue on the other. I’m so grateful for everyone involved. Being a part of their story makes me appreciate my own even more, and I’m pretty much bursting at the seems already with love and appreciation for my own family.

-Grady

Remodeled Space For Aging In Place

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman dyrinda@gmail.com  


NORMAN — Amy Brewer wanted her mother closer, especially when memory issues began to surface. But it took several years and an Alzheimer’s diagnosis for things to come to a head.

“In April, she got lost for five hours,” she said. “That’s when I decided that she needed to move.”

Her mother, Deborah Brewer, raised a finger.

“Now I have a different story,” she interjected. She offered her explanation, mostly off the record, possibly tongue-in-cheek. “So I knew where I was,” she concluded with a nod.

Still, her daughter saw it as a call to action. Interstate 35 and major chunk of Norman lay between them. And as unpredictable as Alzheimer’s disease can be, the one thing for sure is it doesn’t retreat.

“I decided I’d put this off long enough,” Amy Brewer said. “For five years, I knew we needed to do something. And I’d been floating the idea and floating the idea.”

Her mother, though, was reluctant, at least until Amy played her trump card: “I finally said, ‘There’s going to come a time when I’m going to have to take your car away, and you’re still going to want to see your grandkids. So you need to be right by us. And, she said, ‘I understand.’ ”

The perfect bungalow came on the market that weekend, just two doors down from Amy’s house in central Norman. Things bogged down, however, as she grappled with the logistics of selling one house while buying another.

The bungalow was still on the market when they finally laid a plan in place. They gave the go-ahead to their Realtor, Grady Carter, of Metro Brokers in Norman. But they worried about trust issues on the seller’s side.

“He must have done some magic on his end, though,” Amy Brewer recalled. “I was in San Francisco about to board a flight to New Zealand.”

That meant many hours in the air cut off from communications, so she laid it out in a phone call to Carter. “I said ‘I’m going to land in 13 hours, Grady. Whatever they need us to pay, we’ll pay. Whatever earnest money, we’ll do cash.’ ”

That did the trick. By the time Amy Brewer came home from her extended trip, the deal was done. Friends had pitched in during her absence to ensure Deborah Brewer made it to closing, then helped her move out of her old home and into her daughter’s house to await remodeling on her new digs.

Oh, yes, the remodeling.

“I was really focused on securing this house, which took a long time,” Amy Brewer said. “And after we purchased the house, I realized I had plans to do a complete remodel and no plans to do a complete remodel. I guess someone who knew what they were doing would’ve had that lined up before they closed. A week or two went by, and I realized I had no idea what I was doing.”

Smooth transition

So she did what almost everyone does in this day and age, namely take her plight to social media. And social media gave back, leading her to Kendra Orcutt and her Home Mods By Therapists team. Orcutt channels her experience as an occupational therapist into designing spaces to accommodate people’s physical challenges.

Orcutt and her team opened up the space inside by getting rid of hallways, allowing the bedrooms and bathrooms to open directly up into the main part of the house.

They widened hallways, repurposed space lost to a heater closet to enlarge the laundry room and installed a sliding barn door on the master bathroom, adding not only a trendy touch but one that saves space and is easier for a person on a walker or cane to open.

Even the color scheme in the kitchen was designed with a purpose. The gray-and-black floor tiles are low-contrast, which is easier to navigate with impaired vision or balance.

“By making this house accessible to memory loss, she doesn’t ever have to move,” Orcutt said. “She won’t have to relearn another space. She knows her daughter is down the street. All of those things are important. So what I did was I made things easier to live in.”

Easier to live in, but not institutional. It’s often just a matter of style. What appears to be a towel rack by the bathtub, for example, is actually a grab bar. Its brushed silver surface matches the faucet and, frankly, it could function just fine as a towel rack.

And that’s the point, Orcutt said. “Everything we did in the house, someone else could live in.”

That was a major consideration as Amy Brewer worked to persuade her mother to trade her four-bedroom home for the bungalow.

“She had a great big house, and I didn’t want her to feel like she was having to give up anything,” she said.

Deborah Brewer finally moved into her revamped home in late November. She gave up two bedrooms and a lot of square feet in the move, but may have gained so much more in return.

Amy Brewer smiled as her tween daughter, Harper Sterr, wrapped her arms around her grandmother. “These two are best friends,” she said.

Deborah Brewer held out a hand to compare their heights. “And she’s almost as tall as me.”

Source: Remodeled space for aging in place | NewsOK.com

A Mudroom Designed For Your Dog

Dog Wash Room

I love dogs…  I don’t have any because I’m on the move a lot, but in a few years I’d love to have a couple of dogs and a mudroom that can help me take care of them.  It might seem extravagant to some people, but it wouldn’t necessarily have to be a big expense, and of course you could still use the room for other things like laundry.  Could you use something like this in your home?

-Grady

 

A Mudroom Designed for Your Dog

Is your pet a part of the family? Check out this custom designed room for all you dog lovers.

Managing a family can be hectic, but when you add a couple family pets into the mix your life gets even busier. For those of you who adore your dog(s), but just don’t have enough space or resources in your home to properly care for them – we’ve found a solution.

This home’s mudroom addition was custom built to provide plenty of resources for the family’s dogs. See how this functional space was designed to cater the needs of both the family and their loved pets.

There are many components to this mudroom that are customized to make life easier for both the family and the dogs. The following are a few of the amenities:

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1. Washing Station

This sanding height dog washing station includes a shower base and wall mount hand shower for easy washing without back pain.

2. Retractable Step

A lower cabinet beneath the washing station opens up, exposing retractable stairs for easy access to bathing.

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3. Preparation Zone

Extra cabinet space was made for food/medication preparation and storing of other items.

4. Water Bowl & Drain

An under mount sink for fresh water and easy draining.

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If that’s not enough, the room also includes hooks by the door to hang leashes and an exit to a fenced backyard with an in-ground pool just for the dogs! Get started on managing your home space to fit the needs of all your family members, dogs included!

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What do you think about designing a room dedicated to your pet? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: S.J. Janis Company, Inc

Open House: Sunday, December 28th – 1406 Broad Acres Dr.

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If you have time tomorrow (Sunday, December 28th) between 2:00 and 4:00 and you’ll be in the Norman, OK area please feel free to stop by our open house. There will be refreshments, and a beautiful house to see. And feel free to stop by to talk about home renovation even if you aren’t looking to buy.

Grady Carter
Realtor®, GRI
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
Lic. #160723
(405)474-2905
www.HomeBoyOK.com

For More Details Click Below:
1406 Broad Acres Dr, Norman, OK | For Sale

And It’s Officially Listed – Top End Brookhaven Home, Completely Redone!!!

 

Do you like nice houses? Why wouldn’t you?! Well here you go! This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house in Brookhaven (a very desirable neighborhood in Norman, OK) is truly a gem. Full Disclosure, my mother renovated this house, but despite my biases I must say that it truly is impressive, and I can’t wait to meet the people who will get to call it home! From the heated floors in the master bathroom, to the bonus room in the upstairs retreat this house is ready for someone to make it their own. The coffee/drink bar has a sliding barn door that can separate the living space if necessary, but if the door is open there is a great flow to the house that makes it very warm and inviting. And if you like to entertain, even just yourself, the surround sound that connects with each living area allows everyone to enjoy some tunes without blowing out the sound in just one room. I could go on (about things like the brand new deck upstairs), but I won’t. I would just encourage you to come see it for yourself 🙂

Feel free to schedule an appointment to see it, even if it’s just for fun:

Grady Carter
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
Lic. #160723
(405)474-2905
www.HomeBoyOK.com

 

Top End Brookhaven Home – Completely Redone!!!.

 

Contact info:
Grady Carter | Metro Brokers of Oklahoma | 405-474-2905

Unbelievable Renovation in Brookhaven!

1406 Broad Acres Dr, Norman, OK 73072

$364,000

KEY FEATURES
Year Built: 1981
Sq Footage: 2634 sqft.
Bedrooms: 3 Beds
Bathrooms: 3 Baths
Floors: 2
Parking: 2 Garage
Laundry: In Unit
Lot Size: 10625 Square Feet
Property Type: Single Family House

DESCRIPTION


1. Cleveland Elementary School district
2. 2634 sq feet
3. New roof, texture, & exterior paint
4. Interior paint
5. New Windows
6. All new flooring: tile, wood and carpet
7. New granite in kitchen and a bathrooms
6. New fireplace
7. New surround sound
8. New fence and retaining wall.
9. New tiled courtyard
10. Heated tile floor in master bathroom
11. Dual closets in the master bedroom
12. Sitting room in the master
13. Newly landscaped yard
14. Huge new deck on second story that looks out over valley
15. Great neighborhood
16. New walk through bar
17. New wiring and electric panel
18. Updated plumbing and all new fixtures
19. All new stainless steel appliances.
20. 3 bedrooms, dining, two living areas. Loft and small bonus room.
21. Lots of built in storage

PROPERTY FEATURES


  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Walk-in closet
  • Master bath
  • Family room
  • Pantry
  • Recreation room
  • Attic
  • Mother-in-law unit
  • Range / Oven
  • Garbage disposal
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Balcony, Deck, or Patio
  • Yard
  • Fenced yard
  • Lawn
  • Porch
  • Garden
  • Heat: forced air
  • Central A/C
  • Ceiling fans
  • Double pane / Storm windows
  • Cable-ready
  • High-speed internet
  • Wired
  • Hardwood floor
  • Tile floor
  • Granite countertop
  • Fireplace
  • High / Vaulted ceiling
  • Wet bar

COMMUNITY FEATURES


  • Garage – Attached

Contact info:
Grady Carter
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
405-474-2905

 

 

Turn Off HGTV, and Come See The Real Deal!!! Open Houses (Sun., Dec. 7th, 2014)

Hello once again,

I love talking with people about Real Estate, often because I love trying to figure out what their home might look like based on their personality. My experience with trying to picture people’s homes based on their behavior has been very hit and miss. I’m sure that many of you would be surprised to find out that I live some of the time with my grandparents (at least while they are in Norman). It has been an amazing year since we fixed up a house for them in Norman so that they can spend more time with us, and about a quarter of the time I get to spend talking with them about American history, and listen to old-timey gospel music with Grandad and Honey.

This is a temporary arrangement, but for as long as it lasts I plan to squeeze every bit out of it that I can. I like to dream about what my next house will look like, and I find myself swooning back and forth between the romance of living in an old mature home near campus in Norman, and finding a new home or a home to renovate and make new in a warm & friendly neighborhood in town. Sometimes I even imagine myself moving outside of town to get more views of those beautiful Oklahoma sunsets. Well, believe it or not there will be 2 separate open houses staggered in time today (so you can go to both if you’d like) which each represent 2 of these different types of homes. The open houses are as follows:

These 2 houses are different in multiple ways, but they are similar in many of the best ways. They are both incredibly charming, and unique. 1600 Classen is near campus in Norman, and about a 2 minute walk south of The Mont, and about a 5 minute walk east of the OU Football Stadium. The Classen home was built-in 1934 (before World War 2!), and it has a very stoic appeal from head to toe. The master suite is definitely a part of the dreams in my head no matter where I choose to live in my life. If you haven’t had a chance to come see this listing, and you like matured campus properties I urge you to stop by.

If you’d like to read more about the house on Classen click on the picture just below:

1600 Classen

The house on Broad Acres is another in a line of fantastic home renovations that my mother (Kelcie Carter) has pulled off! This is the most modern, and top of the line renovation that she has completed thus far, and she has had multiple houses sell at her first open houses, not to mention 2 that sold to the first people who walked in the door… It has 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and it is getting ready for an open house, so we’ll just share a few of the pictures that we currently have, and then we’ll share more later (assuming it is on the market after today…).

If you’d like to read more about the house on Broad Acres click the picture below

1406 Broad Acres

If you are interested in seeing either property I challenge you to get out of your Sunday afternoon pajamas, and come see these wonderful homes! I hope to see some familiar, and unfamiliar faces at the open houses, and if you can’t make it to either of them during these scheduled times please feel free to contact me and we can set up a private viewing whenever you’d like. I hope that you find yourself living where you want to be, and living how you’d like to live. I know that I would love to live in either one of these houses, but since that’s not really an option at this point I’ll just have to dream for the time being. I hope that I get to talk to you homies soon!

Grady Carter
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
Realtor®, GRI
(405)474-2905
HomeBoyOK@gmail.com
www.HomeBoyOK.com

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*If you are interested in having me help you find your next home in the Oklahoma City metro feel free to contact me with the information provided above, or you are more than welcome to fill in a little information right here, and I can touch base with you on how I might be able to help you.

So I Think I Want To Move, What’s Next?

Are you living well, where you live?

Well hello there,

My name is Grady Carter, and I like to call myself the Home Boy. Did you just find yourself clicking on a link because you have found that Zillow and Pinterest improvements just aren’t curbing your appetite enough anymore? I know that feeling. I’ve made a career out of trying to help people find a better way to live, whether that may mean somewhere new, or renovating where they currently live.

As a big believer in being grateful for what you have I don’t always believe that moving, or renovating the house that you live in is the answer to fixing your problems. But, changing your living situation can be a great reset button to really help improve the way that you live. If you are thinking about changing your living arrangement there are a few things that I would encourage you to consider:

  • owning a home, rather than renting, means that you get to keep most of that money (supposing you don’t stop making payments and have your home taken away in a foreclosure)
  • houses generally appreciate in value, unlike cars, and historically are good investments – this is not a guarantee, and I’m not a financial advisor, but observing how wealthy people spend their money on property seems like a rather solid indicator of the return that you might be able to expect
  • owning a home is a big responsibility – it’s been done billions of times before you’ll do it, but a home is a big decision that is worth learning about (asking questions is always encouraged)
  • finding a place to make your home can be an unbelievable adventure that you could remember for the rest of your life!

Ever since I can remember I’ve been in close proximity to the Real Estate industry. My father has been a Mortgage Banker (lender) ever since I was an infant. Also, for the last few years I’ve been flipping houses with my mother, which has been an unbelievable adventure, but I’ve managed to branch off and manage my own Real Estate endeavors. With this having become such a family based industry it has become very personal. I appreciate the opportunities that I’ve already been given to help people, and I can’t wait to keep moving, and learning! If you find yourself with questions about your house, or your dream house I urge you to contact me however you’d like, this is fun for me!

I want to say thank you to those who’ve given me opportunities, and advised me to this point in my life. I can’t wait to really start sharing what I know about how to approach this faction of life, and I hope that if you’re interested in learning more you’ll honor me with your questions. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!!

Grady Carter
Realtor®
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
HomeBoyOK@gmail.com
(405)474-2905