Leading Edge Homes, Inc. Newsletter
June/July 2012
As the photo above shows, the large multi-room addition we are working on in Wellington's Binks Estates neighborhood has had the exterior stuccoed and painted.  All of the rough electric, air conditioning, and plumbing have been installed and the entire addition has been insulated and had the drywall hung.

Next the drywall will be taped, finished and spray textured, the doors and moldings will be installed, and then the entire interior will be painted.  The exterior will have the roof tile set, accordion shutters installed over the windows/doors, and the pool deck extension area will be graded and prepared for paver bricks.

I have been amazed at how many readers of this newsletter have enjoyed watching the progress of this project.  I am happy to report that the owners are very excited as well, even if selecting the final colors, materials, and other products has been more challenging than they had expected.

Todd Perry
Leading Edge Homes, Inc.
Do I Have To Show I'm Getting Older?
The short answer is no.  Members of the baby boomer generation now have new concerns in the bathroom, but they would rather not announce it to the world.  As more people age in place (right at home), safety is on their minds when they remodel the master and even guest bathroom.

While grab bars make navigating the shower or getting up from the toilet safer, the typical stainless steel ones with exposed screws look like they would be more appropriate in a hospital than in a private residence.  Fear not!  There are manufacturers that make stylish ones with concealed mounting hardware, "funky" shapes, and in chrome, brushed nickel, and polished nickel finishes.

Instead of installing one of those thick, plastic toilet seat risers that scream "ugly", look for a toilet that is labeled as universal height, or ADA compliant.  The toilet, with seat installed, will be 17" to 19" off the floor - a comfortable height for most people.  I also recommend using a "soft close" seat which slowly closes by itself after giving the seat only a slight nudge toward the closed position.

Stretching to reach items in the back of a base cabinet can be dangerous.  Instead of risking losing your balance, install roll-out shelves. If you have room on top of the counter, consider adding a tower with doors and/or drawers to avoid bending altogether.


Using a rubber mat with suction cups on the back side is great for the shower floor.  It is extremely functional, gives terrific traction, makes bathing less stressful, and yet it can be removed when guests are coming over.


Baby boomers have many more years of life ahead of them so they may as well make their bathroom work well for them.  The beauty of the above suggestions is that style is not compromised for safety, and your home can still be shared with people of all ages.

What Remodeling Project Gives The Best Return?
Every year Remodeling Magazine publishes their Cost vs Value report which shows the average cost of different remodeling projects across the nation along with the associated added resale value.  In our neck of the woods, excluding projects we don't do in Florida like attic or basement conversions, things have not changed much over the last couple of years.

The top five projects, in order of value returned are:
  1. Major Kitchen Remodel
  2. Bathroom Remodel
  3. Master Suite Addition
  4. Family Room Addition
  5. Garage Addition

You're in luck!  Leading Edge Homes is well versed at completing all of these projects. If you would like to see examples, talk about current trends for any of these project, or have specific questions, please call me at 561-795-2551 or email me at: [email protected] and I'll be happy to share my knowledge with you.

On a Personal Note...
Mid-July is a busy month around my house for birthdays.  My son's birthday is on the 18th and my wife's birthday is on the 19th.  My dog Tedy's birthday is on the 15th.  In case you're interested, he's what I call a BoJack (half Boston Terrier and half Jack Russell Terrier). That's a lot of birthday cake!

Enjoy your summer and I'll speak to you again in August.



Todd Perry
Leading Edge Homes, Inc.
729 Cindy Drive
Wellington, Florida 33414
In This Issue
Do I Have To Show I'm Getting Older?
What Remodeling Project Gives The Best Return?
Featured Article
Want to know how to grow old but not show it?  Then click on "Do I Have To Show I'm Getting Older?" above.


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