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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.


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

Let’s Play A Little Game – Buying A Home

Ok, let’s play a little game. Let’s say you pay about $800 per month in rent, and you are interested in keeping some of your money. Let’s imagine that you bought a house for about $120k, and put 10% down, with current rates your payment could be about that same $800 per month. If you held onto that house for 10 years (as a primary residence or as a rental property), and it increased in value by about 1% per year you would have quite a bit of equity!!!

Maybe you’d want a house for a different price, and with a different down payment, everyone’s situation is a little different.
Rates have been historically low, but they’ll have to go up even more eventually. Buying isn’t always a good idea for everybody, but have you looked into whether or not it’s a good idea for you? Call/message/email me if you are interested in finding out what all of this hoopla is about! 🏡 #Oklahoma #RealEstate

Grady Carter
Realtor®, GRI
Metro Brokers of Oklahoma
Lic. #160723



OwnOK – The Future of Oklahoma Real Estate | Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®

*If you are not a Real Estate professional please feel free to ignore this post. We are hoping to have a great event, so that we can better serve the state of Oklahoma, so please excuse the cheesy enthusiasm.

Over the last few years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn about the Real Estate industry, but as I’ve learned about housing I’ve also learned some very pivotal lessons about life. I managed a store for a few years after I graduated from college, and I managed a team of teenagers. It could be rewarding, and also very frustrating. I pined for a time when I would have peers who could understand my plight, since I was on an island with no equal, only bosses and subordinates.

Joining the Real Estate industry has been an entirely different experience for a few reasons, but maybe the biggest difference is that I have peers of all ages, creeds, motivations, etc. It has been very rewarding, and collaborative events like this one really call to me after having experienced something a bit different. If you are a Real Estate professional, or you know any, please come or encourage them to come to this event. It takes diligence to keep our market and industry well oiled so that we can better serve Oklahoma.


OwnOK – The Future of Oklahoma Real Estate


Petroleum Club | 100 N. Broadway | Oklahoma City 73102

OwnOK is a special event brought to you by the partnership of the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers AssociationOklahoma State Home Builders Association, the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® and Oklahoma Land Title Association. By attending, you’ll be provided:

  • An insider’s scoop on relevant content that affects the entire real estate industry
  • Great opportunity to network with other related industry professionals
  • Exceptional lineup of high-caliber speakers you normally only see at national events
  • Opportunity to help coordinate efforts to affect policy
  • At lunch with Pete Winemiller of the OKC Thunder, you’ll get these additional takeaways!
    • Feel the power of thinking bit & ACTING SMALL
    • Find out how to CLICK!TM with your customers
    • Commit to an “Attitude of Invitation”
    • Business goes where it is invited, but stays where it is appreciated
  • The cost is just $55—lunch included!



David Stevens
President and CEO, National Mortgage Bankers Association and former Assistant Secretary for Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Gene Marks
The Marks Group, P.C.
columnist, author and small business owner who writes forThe Washington PostForbes,Inc. MagazineFox BusinessThe Huffington Post, andEntrepreneur.com
Jack Konyk

Executive Director, Government Affairs, Weiner Brodsky Kider, P.C.
35+ years experience in all facets of retail banking and lending, both consumer and commercial
Pete Winemiller
Senior Vice President,
Guest Relations
Oklahoma City Thunder
People do not remember days, they remember moments – Moments Matter! Your verbal and nonverbal communication with customers can make or break consumer loyalty in a split second. That is because customers think more about their experiences with people than they do about products and services. Research shows retaining a consumer or sending him/her off to the competition comes down to the sum of countless interactions between customer and employee.

It’s Pete’s job to create repeat customers in a business environment where you cannot control the level of success on the basketball court (the purchased product), but you can control what happens in the stands (the customer experience).


Registration Open
HUD and Issues Affecting Mortgage and Housing Markets
David Stevens
The Next 2 Years: Your Growth and Opportunities
The Latest Political, Economic, Technological and Management Trends That Will Dominate Your Business Through 2017
Gene Marks
Real Estate CE: 1-GEN (Elective)
Coffee Break
RESPA/TILA Integration—The Times, They Are A-Changing (AGAIN)!
Jack Konyk
Real Estate CE: 1-HOT (Core)
Moments Matter! Building a Culture that Empowers Employees, Benefits Customers and Creates Loyalty Inside and Out
Pete Winemiller, OKC Thunder

OwnOK is brought to you through a partnership of Oklahoma’s leading organizations in the real estate industry.

Platinum Partners


Silver Partner





via OwnOK – The Future of Oklahoma Real Estate | Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®.