Conquering Larsen Syndrome With An Accessible Kitchen

See Emily discussing the challenges of and overcoming her spinal condition in the video below.

After meeting a family affected by Larsen syndrome who expressed a desire for a new kitchen, we learned that a member of the family was wheelchair-bound but had a passion for cooking. As we gained a solid idea of what they were looking for in cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and all the other accessories that would enhance the space, we offered our suggestions and put our plans in motion. The kitchen project would not only be aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, it would also provide for safety and universally accessible throughout.

All the new features added up to making the family extremely happy. Where once it was inconvenient for anyone in a wheelchair to reach appliances, cooktop and counters because they were too high, now every newly installed item was easy to access and there was free range of motion in the kitchen.

Universal Design Kitchen – CAD Proposal of New Kitchen Remodel

The previous kitchen made it impossible to reach into drawers or countertops, find kitchen tools, or remove food from the refrigerator/freezer. Since the completion of the renovation, the family has donned their chefs’ hats many times, and is overjoyed to be cooking together.

Using the new drawers is easy when you can roll right up to them.

Emily, a 19 year-old college student, is thrilled to be spending quality family time with her parents in the kitchen. While a good part of the kitchen design concentrated on meeting her needs, her mother, Ellen, points out that while the new kitchen facilitates Emily, it also helps her out tremendously, as well.

Emily is thrilled to be using their accessible kitchen. Although it’s been nearly a year since it was installed, she explains that it is still new and exciting each time the family works together in the kitchen.

Since the renovation was completed, my own abilities have diminished somewhat and recent bouts with a painful foot condition and acute tendonitis made me thankful that our kitchen is so chair-friendly”, says Ellen. “Even better is that we didn’t have to sacrifice beauty and style for function. Vita and Jerry made sure our kitchen was the most attractive and inviting room of our home.

Utilizing Universal Design standards, we designed a kitchen with quality products and special features that took into consideration the structure and environment that would make our clients feel comfortable, regardless of age, ability or situation.

We enhanced the space by creating a separate accessible section with no barriers between the sink, cooktop, and storage areas. Wheelchair accessible toekicks and a lower-placed wall oven, as well as an induction cooktop, were installed with safety features to prevent injuries. Cabinetry and countertops are steel reinforced and provide five feet of clear space for unobstructed wheelchair access.

Cabinetry and countertops were also installed at a lower height for convenient access. Additional easily-accessible electrical receptacles and switches were placed below the countertops.

New Cooking Skills in A Newly Accessible Kitchen – “I’m so happy to have a place where I can spend quality time with my mother when I come home from college. With her guidance, I’m improving my cooking skills and making food the whole family can enjoy”, says Emily.

DJ’s Home Improvements received a 2012 CotY Regional award as a “Universal Design Project Recognition” from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for the above-mentioned kitchen renovation using Universal Design principles.

Emily discusses the challenges of and overcoming her spinal condition

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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Teamwork is the Key to Our Success

Whether we’re at home relaxing (which is not very often) or busy working on a new renovation project, you will find us together most of the time, which is unusual for a husband and wife team who have been married for the last 36 years. Our marriage has grown and changed through the years, and has been cemented by the blessings that children and extended family bring, as well as another bond we share.

We are the proud owners of DJ’s Home Improvements, which opened in 1990, and like our marriage, is still going strong. Prior to opening the business, I was in the computer processing and technology industry and Vita was a representative with Citibank, as well as a mother to two young boys, which as all mothers know, is the toughest job of all. Both of the boys, Anthony, 30, and Matthew, 28, are involved in the business today.

Our greatest sense of accomplishment is seeing our sons grow up with the business and learning each and every facet of it, from procuring materials to satisfying each of our clients – it has truly made them self-sufficient human beings and sons to whom we are extremely proud.

When we launched our business 22 years ago, we worked out of our home, and it was truly a labor of love. Over the years, relationships have been built that continue to the present day. As these relationships grew, so did our business. What made us stand out from similar businesses? It is our integrity, dependability, conscientiousness, and a desire to build solid associations with our clients.

Five years ago, we opened our office at 55 New Hyde Park Road in Franklin Square. Certified as designers and remodelers, we continue to educate ourselves on what’s new in the industry to keep our clients up-to-date on the latest trends in home renovations.

As we continue to provide the professionalism and quality that our clients have grown to depend on, the future looks promising. DJ’s Home Improvements’ future plans include expanding our office facilities, opening a new showroom to provide our clients with more hands-on product selections, as well as introducing our own cabinet line. With our photorealistic drawings, created prior to the start of all projects, we “show you the future” so you can visualize exactly how your renovation will look.

It is always our goal to provide our clients with a home they will love and enjoy for years to come. To that end, we have developed more new ideas that give clients home renovations that are not only energy efficient and beautiful to look upon, but also comfortable as they age along with their homes.

* DJ’s Home Improvements is an award winning design and build remodeling company. Vita and Jerry have been staples of the Franklin Square community for 30 years. As homeowners and business owners for over 21 years in Franklin Square, we are also members of the Franklin Square Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, plus the National Kitchen and Bath Association and awarded Big50 in Remodeling. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 we have received the Contractor of the Year awards.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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DJ’s Home Repairs & Improvements, Inc.
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See It Before You Build It

We are a design-build remodeling company. Kitchen and bath drawings bring your project to life with our photorealistic drawings. We see it all the time on HGTV and other television programs showcasing remodeling and interior design projects. It’s not a new technology, but many improvements have been made since its arrival. We can do so much more with rendering software these days. More importantly, we can bring it to you.

Award-winning Kitchen Design, Photorealistic

Kitchen Remodel by DJ's Home Improvements, Completed as Proposed

We can also create design renderings of your addition project, dormer, extension, basement, deck, custom interiors and upgrades, etc. Take the guess work and any doubts out by letting us present you with our ideas and design on paper.

Award-winning Basement Design

Basement, Completed as Proposed

We collaborate with you, the homeowner, to bring your project to life even before the remodeling begins. You can be rest-assured of the results. Designs and ideas can be conveyed through photorealistic drawings and even video walk-throughs of your new space.

Check out our new web page “What You See Is What You Get” where you’ll find our extensive showcase of some great examples of successfully completed work through careful planning and design. Keep checking in or subscribe to our updates for new drawings and completed project photos.

If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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Low Vaulted Ceiling?

It never ceases to amaze me what great work can be done with a lot of planning, discussion and when a group of people make what seems to be impossible into a dream come true as the end result. Of course, I’m speaking of our team at DJ’s Home Improvements.

The usual problems with most bathrooms were very present in this bathroom as well. Typically, our homeowners call when they feel their spaces are too small, sometimes even too big, too outdated, not user-friendly, lacking storage, damaged, or unfinished.

Not only did this bathroom have all these issues, but in addition, the bathroom’s ceiling is fitted into the pitch of the roof and slopes from 8 feet to just 6 feet high.  So, now we’re working with a small outdated bathroom, with little storage and a low sloped ceiling. This also being the only bath for the whole family and guests to use, we encouraged the homeowner to renovate all these problem areas.  We assured them we would work hard to adhere to the schedule and a budget to once we start designing and then building the project.

Here’s a photo of what we started with:

The bathroom vanity area – Before

Now, to put our thinking caps on and design this bath remodel.

Our new bathroom design incorporated:

  • new stylish fixtures,
  • additional shower lighting, hi-hat and sconce lighting,
  • a new ventilation system,
  • additional storage from a new vanity cabinet with new countertop space,
  • a new glass-enclosed tiled bathtub shower with corner shelves,
  • and a beautifully framed new vanity mirror to enhance the elegance of this small bathroom.

We came up with some drawings to present and they fell in love.  The work started after we scheduled the project. Here are some of the drawings we came up with for the homeowners:

Toilet wall Drawing

Tub wall Drawing

Vanity wall Drawing

Our wonderful crew tackled the work. With these fine drawings and a well thought out plan and schedule, the end result is now a beautiful bathroom for the homeowner and their guests to use.

Here are some images of the resulting bath remodel project:

Representation of new vanity area

Elegant framed mirror fits snuggly above the vanity, reflecting the tiled tub area.

Drawing of tiled shower and tub area with shower head, decorative tiling and new shower doors

New tub area now includes convenient corner shelving, beautiful new fixtures and tiling

New tiling, corner shelf and fixtures are worth enjoying while spending time in the shower

Drawing of the toilet area with glass shelving

The toilet wall image after completion of project

The homeowners are currently enjoying their new main bath and we at DJ’s Home Improvements are certainly happy with the results as well. Another project completed, on time and on budget. If you are interested in having us design and build your home remodel project please call us at #516-775-8696.

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Kitchen Upgrade Brings New Light

MAY is National Home Improvement Month!

MAY is National Home Improvement Month!

Summer is finally here and so is the peak season for home improvements. NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, has named May “National Home Improvement Month”. Also, did you know that May 10th was “National Clean Up Your Room Day”? I didn’t find that out until today so that means we have a lot of work to do around the house.  Having a “Clean Up Your Room Day” allows you to clean out your closets and assess your home organization needs. This is the perfect time to not only do some of that spring cleaning, but to contact a certified professional (certified remodeler), to help you create custom units to fit your home needs.

Speaking of custom design and fitting your home needs, these months have flown by so quickly that I haven’t had much time to look back on one of the many projects we at DJ’s Home Improvements have successfully completed. (By successfully completed, we mean ON TIME and ON BUDGET!) One of my favorite remodeling projects was a kitchen upgrade in Franklin Square. Simply put, the style of the kitchen was outdated and even though the cabinetry was in good condition the layout of the kitchen entry was not working for the homeowner anymore. Also, a few other items were switched out and installed thanks to our design expert at DJ’s Home Improvements, Vita Anne Burdi, CKD, CBD, everything came together beautifully.

Take a look at what was done in this kitchen project and maybe this is just the kind of doctoring your kitchen needs to breathe new life into it as well …

Before the remodel, the kitchen entryway did not flow and was an inconvenience.

After the kitchen was remodeled, the entry had elegantly arched doorways, traffic was corrected and natural sun light was able to travel further into the room.

The kitchen, before, was in need of updated style, new appliances, countertops and a new window to overlook the outside.

Fresh look with countertops replaced, new appliances, new lighting and other upgrades – A seamless design to incorporate the original cabinets… Another project, on time and on budget.

* Call DJ’s Home Improvements for a consultation on your next home improvement project at 516-775-8696, or visit www.djshome.com to see other projects we have completed. DJ’s Home Improvements is a design-build remodeling company licensed in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island New York.