Volume 2 | January 2015
Welcome to The Alexander Group Newsletter
Every client, family and project is unique.  We've worked with hundreds of families to create their vision to enhance their home to suit their life style. The Alexander Group sincerely appreciates and respects the trust our clients place in us to help them realize their dreams.  We take that responsibility very seriously for each and every client.  

Each new year brings the promise of new beginnings.  Perhaps this is the year for you and your family to start the process of designing the addition, renovation and building project you've been dreaming of.  

Best Wishes to all for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
We look forward to serving you in 2016!

 
spacious master bedroom with view of rear deck and swimming pool - lots of natural light
Spacious master bedroom with view of rear deck and swimming pool - lots of natural light

Retiring in place does not always mean going it alone
How one Rockville couple modified their home for a multi generational living experience
 
Alan and Judy Freedman purchased their 2600 square foot colonial in Rockville in 1972. Deciding they wanted more living space, the couple contracted the Alexander Group in 1986 and added a 600 square foot addition to the rear of the house that included a large sunroom and a partitioned area featuring a hot tub.   
 
Fast forward 23 years. Thinking about retirement options (Judy had careers in library science and real estate and husband Alan co owned a grocery business) and retirement housing, the couple sold half their interest in their home to their daughter and son in law. "Selling our interest in the house brought up the idea that we could add a retirement "condo" to the existing house," says Judy. "We did not want to live in a Leisure World condo and we really love our house. Sharing the house with family seemed like a solution that would satisfy everyone. "
 
deck connects to a ramp that connects to driveway for easy roll in access
deck connects to a ramp that connects to driveway for easy roll in access
The couple once again contacted the Alexander Group to explore options that would eventually add the square footage they would require while providing privacy for the couple. The hot tub was removed and the space was converted into a kitchenette and sitting/living area. A new master bedroom was added with an en suite master bath. A hallway accessed from the garage provides a separate entrance to the new addition which added an additional 600 square feet. An additional deck was added on to the existing deck in the rear, that included a wheel chair ramp. "We wanted the new addition to have features that would assist us as we age in place," says Judy. "The suite master bath is barrier free and the new deck has a ramp in the event we may eventually require a wheel chair."   French doors separate the new retirement condo to the existing home. Asked what she loved most about the space, Judy immediately replied that she loves the separate HVAC system. "My son in law loves a colder temperature, but we like it a bit warmer."
 
Judy says that the decision to age in place and share their home with children and grand children is one that no one in the family regrets. "We had some friends who thought we were crazy," says Judy. "And other friends thought it was a great idea. Everyone wanted to be invited over to see the new addition though."   Judy states that she and her husband love being close to their daughter and son in law, who now have two kids. "We get them off to school in the morning, and pick them up in the afternoon. We get dinner started most of the time, but when we want to be on our own, we tell the kids we're ordering take out," says Judy laughing. "We have the best of both worlds -close time with family and private space when we need it. It may not be the solution for all families, but it is working out great for us."
 
kitchennette for own cooking preparation
Kitchenette for own cooking preparation
New retirement condo space included:  
  • master bedroom
  • rear hall
  • master closets
  • master bath, laundry
  • kitchenette
  • living/family room with eat in nook
  • extended deck off rear to connect to existing deck
Other sustainable and universal features include:
  • high performance energy efficient foam insulation
  • new suite has its own HVAC system
  • accessible doors and hallways throughout
  • custom reading shelf at bedsides
  • awning at rear provides shading from southern sun
Vendor of the Month
Freedom Shower by Accessibility Professionals

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2008 report, 21.8 million people sustained non fatal injuries in bathrooms resulting in $67.3 billion in lifetime medical costs. The report stated that injury rates increased with age with most injuries (81.1%) sustained by falls. The report further stated that older adults are at special risk and should be aware [that] bathroom activities are associated with a high risk for injury and bathroom modifications greatly reduce the risk.
The greatest number of falls was associated with getting out of bathtubs and bathtub/showers. Barrier free showers like Accessibilty Professional's Freedom Shower is a solution for reducing the risk.
Why we like it?
 
  • The 5-piece Freedom Accessible Shower fits in the same space as a standard 5' bathtub, with the addition of an extra 2 3/8" in width providing more room inside the shower
  • Great choice for remodels when replacing a standard bathtub or bath/shower
  • Shower features either a left or right hand drain location to minimize plumbing retrofits
  • Shower offers a 30-year warranty on manufacturing defects
  • Textured slip-resistant floor
Shower accessories available for job site installation include:
  • Collapsible water retainer
  • Folding shower seat
  • Caulk less drain
  • Grab bars
  • Shower rod and curtain
  • Pressure balance valve with hand-held shower and slide bar 
  For a complimentary consultation, call 301-230-3040
EVENTS

CONTINUING EXHIBIT

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, nbm.org
 
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
For more information, visit sugarloafcrafts.com
  • Chantilly, Virginia - January 29,30, 31, 2016
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland - April 15,16,17, 2016
  • Timonium, Maryland - April 20, 30, May 1, 2016
  • Historic Annapolis Antique Show - January 9, 10, 2016 
  • Medford National Guard Armory - Annapolis, MD
Home & Remodeling Show
January 22-24, 2016
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Dulles Expo Center.
  4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA.
Find out what's new in home decor, gardening, remodeling, and more. Meet hundreds of experts and check out thousands of products and services.

www.homeandremodelingshow.com

Spring Capital Home & Garden Show
February 26-28, 2016.
Dulles Expo Center,
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA.
The show is a one-stop shopping resource with hundreds of exhibits for homeowners interested in the latest remodeling and decorating products and services.
www.capitalremodelandgarden.com 

Maryland Home & Garden Show
March 5,6 & 11,13
Maryland State Fair Grounds, Timonium, Maryland

DC Design House April 9-May 8
Location TBD. This annual designer show house features metro DC's finest design talent. All proceeds benefit the Children's National Health Center.
 
Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage
Saturday April 30-Saturday May 28
This annual event returns for five weekends and five counties providing visitors access to some of Maryland's most noteworthy properties.
For tickets and more information: mhgp.org

Save the Dates
 
Capital Home Show
 
September 2016 . 2016 Dates to Be Announced.
Dulles Expo Center,
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA.
The show is a prime place to see what's new in building, remodeling, and decorating. Special features like "Ask the Appraiser", Handy Girl Workshops as well as seminars on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage will enable attendees to have one-on-one sessions with local experts.

Testimonial of the Month 

"From conception, to construction, to completion, our remodeling project with the Alexander Group was a text book example of how it should be done. We enlarged two bedrooms and a storage room, and added a bathroom. The Alexander Group did not over-promise. Unlike other contractors we interviewed who made on the spot, extravagant claims about what they could do within our budget, The Alexander Group laid out, step by step, a realistic cost estimate of the project, and the time it would take to complete the job. We described what we wanted in general terms, and based on those ideas, they rafted five different sketches, one of which we chose to further refine and develop. The team helped us narrow the wide choice of possible construction materials including tile, fixtures, cabinets, and siding. Not only was the work of high quality, it was actually completed within the estimated time frame (none of those mysterious breaks where no one shows up for weeks at a time). All in all, we couldn't be more satisfied with the finished product and the way in which it was done." Deb and Mark W. Bethesda, MD
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