July In Christmas

Happy New Year! The rumors are true: the housing industry is heating up. Fueled by consumer confidence, improved lending and a pent-up demand, home builders and remodelers are reporting modest increases over last year. Real estate transactions are up significantly as indicated by a locally-sourced graph.   There likely won’t be a problem keeping up with…

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Parental Housing

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a popular way to provide separate and independent living quarters for aging parents.  This project added a bedroom, 3/4 bath, kitchen and living space with separate outdoor entrances.  A common indoor entrance was shared through the garage. The overall impact on the property included upgrading the septic system to…

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Universal Design Training

Sean Gallagher and Traci Tenhulzen attended CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) training earlier this week. The 2-day professional designation program includes negotiating doorways, elevators and barriers in a wheelchair while wearing dark glasses smeared with petroleum jelly. Since 2001, the CAPS designation has established professional means for adapting homes to accommodate mobility challenges. Associated…

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Customer Service Goals

As Tenhulzen Residential began re-training personnel to perform to improved standards, staff agreed on the following list of features and benefits offered to our customers: Respect for the home Trustworthy Family friendly Performance-oriented Integrated process Creative environment Stress reduction Convenient location Timely response Quality workmanship Respectable crew Professionalism Trade partners Quality control Award-winning Jobsite safety…

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The Evolution of the Home

Over the years, the home has been used for different purposes. 1940’s – 1960’s: Rooms were relatively small and secluded. Gatherings were held in the living room or on the patio, and it was not uncommon to ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar. 1970’s – 1990’s: Larger common areas for entertaining made “cocooning”…

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