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THE CHALLENGE
The couple fell in love with the heavily-wooded
grounds of the Stonehenge neighborhood and chose
an end unit for their home. Then, when they heard
the unit next door was also available, they purchased
it for Chris' parents.
" They first came to me to consult on the
townhouse next door, " says Terri Langford, owner
of Cabinetry with TLC in Roanoke. " Then, when
Archie's health declined (Chris' father), their
priorities shifted. "
The couple decided to put the renovation of
the end unit on hold and aggressively remodel the
second unit to accommodate the four of them.
" The challenge, " says Terri, " was to get the space
ready for aging in place and as a future rental, for
when that time comes. "
To meet this requirement, Langford included
cabinetry that not only made a nice backdrop
for the couple's design elements, but also would
withstand the high use.
Josh Sparks of Blue Ridge Residential, oversaw
the entire remodeling job.

Steve and Chris' Design Tips
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AGING IN PLACE
" Collaborating with both Terri and Josh, we were
able to infuse as many aging in place features as
practical, " says Steve.
Those features include pre-wiring the staircases
to accommodate custom chairlifts (if needed),
insetting cabinets in the small bathrooms to
enlarge the space and prevent bumping heads, and
narrowing the doorway between the foyer and living
room.
" The original opening from the foyer to the stepdown living room was much wider, " Steve says. " We
decided to tighten the opening and install custom
grab bars on either side to make egress easier and
safer. "
They aren't just your typical chrome-plated
institutional style grab bar, either. Fashioned by an
Asheville artist from a heavy rebar-like rod with a
twisted texture, they made the bars exaggerated in
length and painted them dark red.
" Less senior in appearance, " says Steve, " but
bright to be obvious. "

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Hang accessories on the wall to leave surfaces for
beverages or books.
Split up a collection and use it in different locations.
They have croquet mallets arranged like flowers on the
living room mantle and the balls in a basket in the master
bedroom.
Make things functional. They use an old country store
counter as a TV stand and quilt storage.
Elevate wall hangings. Rather than hanging an old mantle
where it would be surrounding a fireplace, they hung it
higher to bring height to the room.
Embrace the variety of human inventiveness. " Perfection
is overrated, " says Chris.

Principle Players
General contractor: Josh Sparks, Blue Ridge Residential
Cabinetry design: Terri Langford, Cabinetry with TLC
Furniture refinishing: Tom Dorathy, Ghent Hill Design and
Furniture Restoration

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