• What Is Barrier-Free?

    By Nick McIntyre “What is barrier-free?”  It is a question I am asked over and over.  Many of our partners and fellow professional remodelers think barrier-free is a lower shower curb or a reduced-height threshold at an entry door.  Those accommodations are certainly better than the traditional higher threshold shower, of course, but it doesn’t… Read more »

  • Home Is Where The Heart Is

    By Nick McIntyre Friends and family alike ask, “What exactly is it that you do?”  I typically reply, “We are professional remodelers who help people realize their dream of staying at home.”  We have unique skill sets that allow us to design beautiful and functional spaces for every age group.  From the younger family just… Read more »

  • The LifeWise Difference

    By Mike Dodd I am constantly asked what separates us from other remodelers and/or builders when it comes to residential remodeling projects specifically for the aging in place crowd.  Taken a step further, why are we a better choice when it comes to remodeling for people with disabilities?  After all, all remodelers and contractors are… Read more »

  • Flooring and Fixtures and Tile, Oh My!

    By Mike Dodd There are an abundance of new products on the market that have generated lots of buzz.  For the past several years, the only thing that’s been discussed has to do with “green” technology and how friendly the products are to the environment.  All that is good and well, as green is the… Read more »

  • The Missing Link Part 2

    By Mike Dodd I recently authored a blog on the subject of a position paper that was published by the Joint Commission on the state of the home care industry.  In that blog, I mentioned how it would be nice to have a seat at the table when the discussion turns to investigating alternatives to… Read more »

  • Cheap vs. Affordable

    By Nick McIntyre Lately, with the Kansas City economy being what it is, most people desire lower cost remodels. The unfortunate thing is that the majority of the buying decisions are based upon using the lowest cost provider.  Lowest cost scenario decisions are usually associated with purchasing something “cheap”.  Cheap is just that: cheap.  It… Read more »

  • Home Safe Home

    By Debbie Hartzler, OTR Accidents Happen According to the AARP: Every 18 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. 1 of 3 adults age 65 and older fall each year. More than 1/3 of adults age 65 and older suffer injuries from falls each year. The average health care… Read more »

  • Basement Bathroom Remodel

    By Mike Dodd The LifeWise Team recently completed a fully accessible bathroom project for a Kansas City Northland-area couple.  Alice was confined to a wheelchair and had no access to the upper part of their home.  The home was a raised ranch style with the main living quarters on the upper level.  The basement area… Read more »